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Handgun a.k.a. Deep in the Heart (1983)

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Genres: Crime, Thriller, Revenge
Starring: Karen Young, Ben Jones, Clayton Day, Suzie Humphreys, and Helena Humann
Director: Tony Garnett
Plot Sypnosis:


Kathleen Sullivan has been raped at gunpoint. Now she plans her revenge! Having left Boston to start a new job in Dallas, Kathleen Sullivan soon makes friends and begins to enjoy her new life. Larry Keeler is immediately attracted to Kathleen, but Kathleen makes it clear she would rather have a friend than a boyfriend. At the end of one date, Kathleen gives Larry a peck on the cheek and dashes into her apartment, leaving Larry confused and angry. On the next date, however, Larry is determined to get what he wants--at gunpoint. The tables start to turn when Kathleen joins a local gun club and buys her own gun. Now she becomes the hunter--on a vengeful mission.

Producer, writer and director Tony Garnett (Prostitute) was fascinated and troubled by the proliferation and celebration of firearms in the United States. So, he traveled from his native England to Texas to make a dramatic film that would explore the widespread availability of guns there and the accompanying potential for deadly violence. The result was the hard-hitting Deep in the Heart (released in the U.K. as Handgun). Restored in 4K from its original 35mm camera negative for its worldwide Blu-ray premiere, the film boldly examines issues that continue to torment American society over forty years later.


  • Image Gallery
  • Archival interview with writer/producer/director Tony Garnett
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Audio commentary by Erica Shultz and Chris O’Neill
  • Booklet with essay by Alexander Heller-Nicholas
  • Limited edition slipcover with new front and back artwork by Tom Ralston
  • Double-sided wrap with legacy artwork
Release Details

Movie Release Year: 1983
Tech Specs & Release Details

Length: 101
Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4