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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Ephraim Squier
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Timothy Crocker
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Byron Cole
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Stebbins
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Ellen Martin
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Raousset
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Muñoz (as Pedro Armendariz)
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Mayorga
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Norvell Walker
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James Walker
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Yrena
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Os Imortais  »

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$5,800,000 (estimated)

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$257,043 (USA)
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The film was entered and selected to screen in competition and nominated for the prestigious Golden Bear award at the 38th Berlin International Film Festival in 1988. See more »

Goofs

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

Yrena: You were very good last night. Not great, but for a gringo good enough.
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Soundtracks

Silver Threads Among the Gold
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Music by H.P. Danks
Lyrics by Eben E. Rexford
Arranged by Joe Strummer
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Bravura
19 July 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

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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