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Extreme Prejudice (1987)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Tullis Jr. ...
Sgt. Luther Fry
Hector (as Carlos Cervantes)
Monday (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Deputy Cortez


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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Release Date:

24 April 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Extreme Prejudice  »


Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

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(4 channels)



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1.85 : 1
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Joaquin Jackson later said that he "more or less edited the script with Nick. We got more into the type of language Rangers use, as well as the Rangers' relationship with other law enforcement agencies - the federal narcotics people, FBI, etc. What I'm trying to get back to the press is that it all relates back to narcotics". See more »


When Sheriff Benteen realized that Major Hackett lied to him about working for the DEA, he ordered a deputy to get the "Federal Drug Administration" on the phone. See more »


Sheriff Hank Pearson: Hell, Jack... the only thing worse than a politician is a child molester.
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Referenced in Red Heat (1988) See more »


Composed by Jose Lopez Espinoza
Produced by Ry Cooder
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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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