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Walker (1987)

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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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Muñoz (as Pedro Armendariz)
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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 Volker Boehm

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4 December 1987 (USA)  »

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$5,800,000 (estimated)

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$257,043 (USA)
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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

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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References Sid and Nancy (1986) See more »

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Onward Christian Soliders
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Music by Arthur Sullivan
Words by Sabine Baring-Gould
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A cult movie in search of an audience



Alex Cox's WALKER is a cult movie in search of an audience. Ignored by audiences upon its original release, despised by critics (Leonard Maltin unfairly gives it a BOMB), WALKER is nonetheless a fascinating oddity of a movie that will be of interest to anyone who likes "psychotronic" cinema.

I am something of an expert on William Walker (1824-1860), the Nashville born doctor/lawyer/journalist who made his mark on Latin American history as a "filibuster," or soldier of fortune. As such, I have long wanted to see a movie about my "hero." I admit I was disappointed at first with Cox's film--it starts out as a serious biography, but it slowly degenerates into an arch, anachronistic political satire. Some of the humor is over the top and gells uneasily with the more serious aspects of the film. Sometimes I get the feeling that Cox and company just said "to hell with it, let's make this a big joke." Repeated viewings, however, have revealed the film's strengths. Ed Harris is perfect as Walker--he plays the "Gray Eyed Man of Destiny" exactly as I perceive the man's character to be. The supporting cast, full of familiar faces, is also dead-on. The music by Joe Strummer, formerly of The Clash, is a terrific blend of latino, jazz, country, and other styles. Many individual scenes stand out; the climax, in which Walker orders the sacking of Granada, is a nightmarish image of the madness and horror of war. I feel WALKER is bound to become a major cult film--it is quite simply too strange to be anything else, and it deserves more than oblivion. While others remember Cox's SID AND NANCY and REPO MAN, this picture is far more interesting and deserves more attention than those more celebrated works. WALKER is rarely televised and hard to find on video--but I strongly urge anyone who reads this to seek it out. I promise you won't have seen anything else like it!


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