"All you need to make a film is a girl and a gun" - Jean-Luc Godard
This is Girls with Guns, a fan site dedicated to movie heroines, female killers, and
other dangerous ladies of the screen, in cinema and TV. They don't need rescuing, and they prefer to leave all that screaming business to their
enemies and victims. These women have attitude... and they're armed. The currently popular phenomenon of girls & guns did not start with Sigourney
Weaver's 'Ripley' - though, admittedly, the American actress' recurring role as the ET-bashing heroine of the Alien movie saga has proved
influential in Hollywood, particularly upon mainstream action cinema of the last decade.
"I wanna pistol in my hand" - Polly Jean Harvey [from Big Exit]
Consequently, there are more women toting guns in the movies than ever, and we are all in favour of it! Why should the likes of Bruce Willis, Mel
Gibson, Schwarzenegger, Stallone, and Chow Yun-fat have all the fun? Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis, Geena Davis, Jodie Foster, Jennifer Garner,
Linda Hamilton, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Demi Moore, Charlize Theron, and Michelle Yeoh (to name but a few) can handle stunt gunfights, too,
and star in choreographed shoot 'em ups that are just as exciting as anything the guys can do. Female empowerment, or simply traditional role reversal?
Gender displacement for the ultimate phallic symbol, bringing a new focus for the male gaze, or just familiar action-fantasy entertainment with
one relatively minor difference?
"Don't call me babe!" - Pamela Anderson [in Barb Wire]
Girls with Guns contains no nudity or strong language. It's just for fun, okay? If you
enjoy browsing this website (and finding all the extra features), and you want to contribute further entries about your favourite action girls,
please write in with your suggestions.
- Jeff Young