Sopranos star Karen Young turns in a powerful performance in this uncompromising film from iconoclastic writer/producer/director Tony Garnett. Garnett's hard-nosed directorial approach and use of real people in acting roles gives Handgun a haunting, cinéma vérité atmosphere, creating a particularly American story with particularly British sensibilities.
What could quite easily have veered uncontrollably into Death Wish/I Spit On Your Grave territory is tightly reined in, with the powerfully unsettling rape scene eclipsed by the even more disturbing matter-of-factness of "the morning after". Garnett's stylised look at American gun culture through personal tragedy is a compelling and ultimately redemptive story of one woman's path from victim to victor.
Karen Young gives a powerfully intense performance as a victim of sexual violence who turns vigilante in this hard-hitting Texas-set thriller. Handgun is written, produced and directed by British film and television veteran Tony Garnett, whose high-profile credits include Kes, Between the Lines and This Life. Handgun is featured here in a new digital remaster in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
With one broken relationship still fresh in her mind, Kathleen Sullivan is in no mood to take on a new boyfriend. Larry, however, will not tolerate sexual rebuffs; rape is his means of exercising what he regards as a male prerogative. Consumed by anger and hungry for vengeance, Kathleen now finds she must take matters into her own hands...
 Archive interview with Tony Garnett
 Original theatrical trailers
 Image gallery
 Press book PDF
- Number of Discs
- 1.85:! / Colour
- Mono / English
- 2 / PAL
- 99 mins approx