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Man Bites Dog

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Man Bites Dog (1992)

Man Bites Dog (C'est arrivé près de chez vous) is a 1992 Belgian cult low budget movie about serial/spree killer Ben (full name, mentioned only once in the movie - Benoît Potar). Ben has contacted with film-makers to follow him in his daily life, as he goes about killing people, visiting his parents, killing more people and explaining to the camera the gruesome details of his job.

The movie is shot ‘mockumentary’ style and has a great sense of realism due to the gritty camera work, the street-talk dialogues and some crew members actually getting shot during the filming. The movie even comes to a point where director Rémy becomes so involved with Ben that he ends up shooting somebody himself ‘to see what it feels like’.

The underlying message is to ridicule modern day people’s loss of sensitivity when confronted with violence plus to make a striking parody on people’s hunger for ‘real’ news in reality shows on tv. As Ben explains in great detail the pleasure he gets from his work, the viewer is slowly absorbed by his twisted personality.

Miraculously, the main character Ben seems to be an excellent shot with both his right as well as his left hand, so he seems to be at least partially ambidextrous. It's not sure if this is a deliberate clue to demonstrate Ben's personal skills in handling a gun, or his natural talent, or that this fact has gone unnoticed by actors and directors (there are three of them including Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel and Benoît Poelvoorde, who's also starring as Ben) alike.

The following guns were used in the film Man Bites Dog:

Bruni 1911

A Bruni 1911 blankfire replica of the M1911 is the weapon used by Ben (Benoît Poelvoorde) on most occasions. It prominently shows in most promotional shots plus on the movie poster.

Bruni 1911 - 8mm blank firing
Ben showing off with the custom-made leather quick draw holster that he gets from his friends during a party they throw to celebrate his release from the hospital. It’s interesting to note that when he gets the holster, he asks for his ‘revolver’ to try it out but they bring his M1911. This shot clearly identifies the gun as a Bruni 1911 because of the straight slide and the typical one-screw grip.
Ben proudly showing his ‘piece’ which he keeps on him all the time, even when he’s performing classical music with his girlfriend.
Typical pose of Ben going about his daily business.
Ben looking like he’s pulling the trigger for the first time in his life. The typical straight slide of the Bruni 1911 is clearly visible in this shot.

MGC 1911A11

In some scenes, the MGC 1911A1 non firing M1911 replica can be seen. In one of the most notable scenes of the movie, this gun is used by Rémy (Rémy Belvaux), the director of the documentary about Ben, when he's invited by Ben to try for himself what it feels like to shoot somebody.

MGC M1911A1 replica of Colt M1911A1 .45ACP Pistol
Ben kidnapping a taxi to chase one of his targets.
Ben inspecting the body of fellow contract killer ‘The Nightingale’ (name actor unknown).
During one of the steel mill shootouts, Ben convinces film director Rémy to experience shooting something else then a movie...

Bruni Magnum

A Bruni Magnum blank-firing revolver is used by Ben on several occasions, most notably during the taxi scene where he kidnaps a taxi to chase one of his victims. The Bruni Magnum appears to be based on the Colt Python and Colt Anaconda series but can be recognized by the Bruni inscriptions on the right side of the frame, just above the trigger.

Bruni Magnum, nickel variant - 9mm/.380 blank firing
Ben carefully checking his surroundings during the gun fight in the steel mill. This shot clearly identifies this revolver as a Bruni Magnum due to the inscriptions visible on the right side of the chamber.
When visiting an old lady, always be nice and bring your revolver…
Ben firing his revolver from the hijacked taxi at one of his assigned targets.
Ben about to jump off a steel structure during the steel mill scene. Note his lack of trigger discipline.


Smith & Wesson 4506

A two-tone Smith & Wesson 4506, a gun which appears nowhere in the movie can be seen as a rendered CGI model on French DVD title menu.

Early model Smith & Wesson 4506 - .45 ACP. This was an actual screen used pistol that was used by Ving Rhames and Bruce Willis in Pulp Fiction
Smith & Wesson 4506 as it's seen on the DVD title menu of the movie.

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