An unconventional retelling of the life of William Walker, a 19th century American mercenary leader who became the president of Nicaragua.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ephraim Squier
Maj. Siegfried Hennington
Timothy Crocker
Capt. Hornsby
Byron Cole
Ellen Martin
Muñoz (as Pedro Armendariz)
Roberto López Espinoza ...
Norvell Walker
James Walker


William Walker and his mercenary corps enter Nicaragua in the middle of the 19th century in order to install a new government by a coup d'etat. All is being financed by an American multimillionaire who has his own interest in this country. Written by Volker Boehm

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Before Rambo... Before Oliver North...


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Release Date:

4 December 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Os Imortais  »

Box Office


$5,800,000 (estimated)


$257,043 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Just after William Walker (Ed Harris) has been informed of his victory in Nicaragua, he leads his troops toward Granada past a grave with a cross inscribed Sam Peckinpah (sic). See more »


This film is littered with anachronisms (for example: modern cars, color printed magazines and coca cola bottles). However, these are clearly an artistic choice by the film-maker and cannot be considered true 'goofs'. See more »


Doubleday: I cannot help noticing Sir, during the time I've spent with you, that you've betrayed every principle you've had, and all the men who supported you. May I ask why?
William Walker: No you may not.
Doubleday: What exactly are your aims?
William Walker: The ends justify the means.
Doubleday: What are the ends?
William Walker: I can't remember.
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Onward Christian Soliders
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Words by Sabine Baring-Gould
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a masterpiece
29 September 2003 | by (Decatur, GA) – See all my reviews

Alex Cox has created a visionary work. This film is a masterpiece. It's a one and a half hour joke with an incredible punchline that indelibly changed how I view the world. Ed Harris is a dead ringer for the "grey eyed man of destiny". I couldn't see anyone else in this role. He's a perfect fit. This is an incredibly original work of historical fiction that tells a truly timeless story (pardon the pun) in a way that one could never forget.

By all means, find this movie!

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