Love and a .45 (1994)

# 14790 IMDb R 

Love and a .45 (1994

taglineIn The End There Are Only Two Things That Matter...

By C.M. Talkington

Crime, Romance, Thriller (1h 41min)


Rated 6.1 after 3,588 votes on 23-Oct-18.

2 nominations


Watty has made a living out of robbing convenience stores, but after one of these jobs turned into murder by his partner, the psychopath Billy Mack, he is on the run with his fiancé Starlene and with both Billy Mack, the police and some loan-sharks on his trail. Their plan is to go to Mexico but before they do that they want to get married and visit Starlene's parents.

Popular faces

Gil Bellows Renée Zellweger Rory Cochrane Jeffrey Combs Jace Alexander Ann Wedgeworth Peter Fonda Wiley Wiggins



Gil Bellows (Watty Watts), Renée Zellweger (Starlene Cheatham), Rory Cochrane (Billy Mack Black), Jeffrey Combs (Dinosaur Bob), Jace Alexander (Creepy Cody), Ann Wedgeworth (Thaylene Cheatham), Peter Fonda (Vergil Cheatham), Tammy Le Blanc (Stripper), Wiley Wiggins (Young Clerk), Jack Nance (Justice Thurman), Charlotte Ross (Mary Ann), Michael Bowen (Ranger X), Scott Roland (Simp), Todd Conner (Young Cop), Richard Rothenberg (Camera Store Clerk), Stopher Finley (Young Kid), Brad Leland (Armored Truck Driver), Augustin Solis (Border Guard), Kevin Berve (Guy on Pay Phone (uncredited)), Reverend Horton Heat (Musical Artists (uncredited)), Darin Scott (Crime Channel Reporter (uncredited)), C.M. Talkington (Tattoo Artist (uncredited))


C.M. Talkington (written by)

Produced by

Mark Amin (executive producer), Andrew Hersh (executive producer), Darin Scott (producer), Jim Steele (co-producer)


IMDb Comment

Some lazy and uninformed Critics and Reviewers can't help themselves and immediately lash out at this Movie's similarity to others Directed by Tarantino, Rodriguez, Stone, and Lynch. Truth of the Matter is that when Films are so near in release dates it is unfair and somewhat inaccurate to claim thievery.

It is more likely and a bit Metaphysical that these Creative Folks were all tapping into that Akashic Record thing or what may be called the Hundred Monkey Theory. Whatever. This is a very good, Fun-Frolic Road Movie with White Trash Anti-Heroes and a Kick-Ass Soundtrack. More quirky characters than have a right to exist in any one Movie and some Witty Banter that makes it all quite a Rolicking Ride.

It is over the top, around the bend, down the rabbit hole and off into outer space. Nutzoid and Naughty, Dirty and Delightful, with a Cast that cries out Cult Movie. It is proudly self-conscious, Violent, and Funny enough for it to become part of the Zeitgeist that was working in its Day and can not be ignored. This one will do nothing but gain Reputation and Admiration acquiring more Fans every Year.

It was an easy thing to miss and dismiss this in the Mid-Nineties but if nothing else, the Success of Renee Zellweger will have the curious seeking this one out as a Career Starter and while she is a standout here, this Movie has more to offer and does so with layers of interest far beyond anything as shallow as Star Power. It gets its energy from a Chemical Compound and a Cultural Milieu that is forever Fascinating.

Memorable quotes

Watty Watts: [Narrating] When I was a young boy... my granddaddy, who had been a professional bounty hunter, he said to me, "Watty, only two things you need in life to get by on this planet: Love and a 45."

29 total 


Vergil Cheatham says, "I'm hip about time." This is one of Peter Fonda's few lines in Easy Rider (1969).

7 total 


2 nominations 
Film Independent Spirit Awards • Stockholm Film Festival

Other titles

Asalto mortal (Argentina (video title)) • Um Amor e Uma 45 (Brazil) • Amor del calibre 45 (Spain) • L'amour & un 45 (France) • Gennimena katharmata (Greece (video title)) • Paihnidi me tin fotia (Greece (DVD title)) • Szerelem és egy 45-ös (Hungary) • Love e una .45 (Italy) • Kaliber 45 (Poland) • Любовь и 45 калибр (Russia) 



Rated R for strong violence and language, and for sexuality and drug use


Argentina:16 / Australia:R / Canada:18A / France:16 / Germany:18 / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R18 / Norway:18 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:M18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / United Kingdom:18 / United States:R



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