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Extreme Prejudice (1987)

A Texas Ranger and a ruthless narcotics kingpin - they were childhood friends, now they are adversaries...

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When they were kids Texas Ranger Jack Benteen used to be best friends with drug kingpin Cash Bailey. At present, however, the only element linking them together is Jack's girlfriend Sarita, who used to be with Cash. She returns to Cash as a voluntary hostage to make certain that Jack keeps his hands off the drug lord's operation. On top of that, there is a meticulously planned drug bust, in which both Jack and Cash butt heads with CIA-funded paramilitary Maj. Paul Hackett, following his own agenda. Written by Anonymous

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An army of forgotten heroes, all officially dead. They live for combat. Now they've met the wrong man.


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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,498,957, 26 April 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,307,844
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The title comes from a line of dialog written in the script. The line "terminate with extreme prejudice" first appears on film in Apocalypse Now (1979) (although it originates in the Bernard Conners novel "Don't Embarrass the Bureau"). Both films were written by John Milius. See more »

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The two bad guys that get stuck in the sand are driving a 1986 Dodge Lancer ES. An 86 Dodge would not have had a bumper jack like the one used to free the car. See more »

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Sgt. Buck Atwater: You know what I think, man? I think we're heroes and heroes need a cause, man. Only nowadays everything's so damn messed up. Ain't nobody can see anything clear anymore. So I support my country, man, that's what I got. I got my country and I got my buddies and that's it. I don't ask no questions.
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AY JALISCO NO TE RAJES
Composed by Manuel Esperon & Ernesto Cortazar
Produced by Ry Cooder
Performed by Maria Conchita Alonso
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You've seen this kind of movie before but it's still worth the ride because Walter Hill drives it
21 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

You know the movie. Drugs across the Southwest border, blasted Texan landscapes, sweaty faces, gas stations in the middle of nowhere, money exchanging hands and gone missing somewhere along the way, maybe a bank robbery. It's that distinctly American type of crime movie given character by the beautiful western setting, a modern update of sheriffs and Mexican outlaws and doublecrossing between old friends now on opposite sides of the law that goes as far back as Boetticher's films, done with a focus on high-octane no-holds-barred action cut straight from Sam Peckinpah's school of blood squibs and slow-mo gunfights.

The story isn't half-bad but Walter Hill has always been an action nut first and foremost and John Milius was never Cormac McCarthy, so you'll forgive Extreme Prejudice for not quite being No Country for Old Men. It's still a good movie, not very surprising truth be told, with some nice dialogue exchanges along the way, a crabby Rip Torn as the old sheriff mentor and Nick Nolte looking mean and badass for most of the film, and if it's let down in the acting department every now and then when some emoting is required, that's because both Michael Ironside and Powers Boothe playing the villains were never the greatest of actors.

The low 6.2 rating the movie has as of this posting tells me the movie has suffered at the hands of sleepy viewers catching it randomly on late night TV in crappy pan-and-scan versions or indifferent video club patrons renting it on VHS. A niche audience comprising of fans of action movies and 70's gritnik crime cinema, the kind of genre Walter Hill has proudly inhabited in the 70's with films like The Driver, watching a good quality widescreen copy like I saw, will have much different things to say.


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