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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
According to the video Easter egg that can be found on the Criterion Collection DVD, when Alex Cox, Rudy Wurlitzer, and Lorenzo O'Brien first conceived the idea of Walker, they wanted to make a popular audience movie in the vein of Blazing Saddles (1974). But when they finished, Universal Pictures felt that it was too much of an art film and decided to shelve it. It would be 20 years before the film saw the light of day on DVD. 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 »
Visionary movie-making. I will not write any spoiler, so I can't describe the brilliant way Cox expresses his story with some mind-bending visual and verbal devices. Some might dismiss it as trickery, but I think of it as magical realism.
William Walker was a real person and his "liberation" of Nicaragua did take place, roughly as shown in this movie. Cox and Wurlitzer took some major liberties with historic details- perhaps for narrative pace, budget reasons, or whatever. I read quite a lot about Walker and Nicaragua after seeing this movie and there's no distortion for ideological reasons.
If you value originality, subtlety, honesty and an occasional slap in the face, see this movie. I envy first-time viewers.
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