A corrupt prison guard becomes involved in a plot to murder a black revolutionary serving time in his prison.

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Fast-Walking
Tim McIntire ...
Wasco
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Moke
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William Galliot
Charles Weldon ...
Officer Jackson
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Sergeant Sanger
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Evie
John Friedrich ...
Squeeze
Lance LeGault ...
Lieutenant Barnes
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Bullet
Deborah White ...
Elaine Schector
Sandy Ward ...
Warden
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Ted
Helen Page Camp ...
Ted's Wife
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Motel Manager
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A corrupt prison guard becomes involved in a plot to murder a black revolutionary serving time in his prison.

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For the right price, he'll open a jailbird's cage.

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17 September 1982 (Denmark)  »

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Writer/Producer/Director James B. Harris was working with famed director Don Siegel on the 1977 Charles Bronson thriller "Telefon", and offered him the script as a directing gig. Siegel declined. See more »

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Wasco: I'm buying you out.
Bullet: You're what?
Wasco: I'm going to make you a very honorable proposal of a business nature that you're not going to be able to refuse.
Bullet: Oh yeah?
Wasco: God damn, you smell bad, man. Whew. Ahh... Let me run this down to you, Bullet, old baby. Number one, you're a junkie, which means you can't maintain the kind of objectivity that's necessary in an operation like this. Number two, you don't have my organization, my supply, you don't have my connections, frankly see, you're action's weak, small...
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Guard James Woods and prison inmate Tim McIntire enmeshed in schemes
10 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One reviewer says "There's an efficient little film noir in here somewhere, but director Harris never quite finds it. His tone tilts toward comedy when it should be playing things straight..." That's about it. The film is a great vehicle for James Woods, Tim McIntire, Kay Lenz, and even Timothy Carey. Woods is subdued, for him.

The movie is bright-looking, not dark. There is no effort made to look noir. The widescreen copy of this looks excellent. It feels like a 70s movie. It's an entertaining mix of caper and comedy.

So where is the buried noir? It's in the plot and characters. Woods is a prison guard who pimps on the side. He has two girls who do favors for Mexican field workers. He's looking for angles and has his dreams. So is Tim McIntire, an inmate who has big dreams of running all drugs in prison. Woods gets caught in the middle of two clashing schemes that involve political activist, Robert Hooks. Kay Lenz, who plays McIntire's girl friend, is enmeshed in the schemes and with Woods. She's the spicy femme fatale of this piece. The noir side has several murders that the director interlocks with the comic. Is this film actually ahead of its time in forecasting the thread in neo-noir that combines comedy and crime? Or does it reflect an old Hollywood strain of comedy and crime?

Although the film is classed as a prison film, it doesn't play that way that much because the inmates as a group are not the central focus. Woods plays the character nicknamed "Fast-Walking" and the title accurately tells us that the movie is focused on him. He's clever and quick, has some business acumen, rolls with the punches, and hasn't yet made that big score. Even as a prison guard, he's alert to opportunities. Next to his character, that of McIntire is fully explored too. He too has big ambitions, and he views prison as an ideal place to realize them.


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