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4 December 1987 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ed Harris ... William Walker

Richard Masur ... Ephraim Squier

Rene Auberjonois ... Maj. Siegfried Hennington

Keith Szarabajka ... Timothy Crocker

Sy Richardson ... Capt. Hornsby

Xander Berkeley ... Byron Cole

John Diehl ... Stebbins

Peter Boyle ... Cornelius Vanderbilt

Marlee Matlin ... Ellen Martin

Alfonso Arau ... Raousset

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Muñoz (as Pedro Armendariz)
Roberto López Espinoza ... Mayorga

Gerrit Graham ... Norvell Walker

William O'Leary ... James Walker

Blanca Guerra ... Yrena
Alan Bolt ... Don Domingo

Miguel Sandoval ... Parker French
René Assa ... Doctor

Bennet Guillory ... Achilles Kewen

Norbert Weisser ... Prange
Bruce Wright ... Anderson

Richard Edson ... Turley
Karl Braun ... Bruno von natzmer (as Charley Braun)
Linda Callahan ... Mrs. Bingham
Milton Selzer ... Judge
Richard Zobel ... Lemuel

Renn Woods ... Alta Kewen (as Ren Woods)
Frederick Neumann ... Willy Marshall

David Hayman ... Father Rossiter

Edward Tudor-Pole ... Doubleday

Joe Strummer ... Faucet

Sharon Barr ... Darlene

Kathy Burke ... Annie Mae
Fox Harris ... District Attorney
Enrique Beraza ... Corral
Luis Contreras ... Benito
Ed Pansullo ... Major Angus
Jack Slater ... Sanders
Spider Stacey ... Davenport

Del Zamora ... Padre Vigil

Biff Yeager ... Max / Carpetbagger
William Utay ... Fry
George Belanger ... Deputy
Zander Schloss ... Huey

William Rothlein ... Dewey
David Chung ... Lui
Paulino Rodriguez ... Castellon
Dick Rude ... Washburn
Rudy Wurlitzer ... Morgan
Bob Tzudiker ... Garrison
Nestor Mendez Garcia ... Mendez

Rick Barker ... Breckenridge
J.D. Silvester ... Huston

Robert Dickman ... Company Man
Joe Celeste ... Jury Foreman
Martin Aylett ... 1st Reporter
Ramón Álvarez ... 2nd Reporter
Raymond Kettless ... 3rd Reporter (as Raymund Kettless)
Tom Collins ... 4th Reporter
Louis Mathews ... Priest
Dexter Taylor ... Liverpool
Michele Winstanley ... Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helene Farber ... Streetwalker (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Alex Cox 
Writing credits
Rudy Wurlitzer (written by)

Produced by
Debbie Diaz .... associate producer
Angel Flores Marini .... producer
Michael Flynn .... associate producer
Lorenzo O'Brien .... producer
Edward R. Pressman .... executive producer
Carlos Álvarez .... line producer
Original Music by
Joe Strummer 
Cinematography by
David Bridges 
Film Editing by
Alex Cox 
Carlos Puente  (as Carlos Puente Ortega)
Casting by
Miguel Sandoval 
Victoria Thomas 
Production Design by
Bruno Rubeo 
Art Direction by
Cecilia Montiel 
Jorge Sainz 
Set Decoration by
Suzie Frischette 
Bryce Perrin 
Costume Design by
Theda DeRamus 
Pam Tait 
Makeup Department
Susan Mills .... hair department head: USA
Susan Mills .... makeup artist: USA
Morag Ross .... makeup department head
Production Management
Chris Brigham .... unit production manager
Jack N. Young .... production manager (as Jack Young)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michele Panelli-Venetis .... assistant director (as Michelle Pinelli)
Miguel Sandoval .... second unit director
Mary Ellen Woods .... assistant director
Art Department
Ron Downing .... property master
Sound Department
David Batchelor .... sound
Richard Beggs .... sound designer
Gary Clayton .... sound effects editor
Joseph Geisinger .... sound
Peter Glossop .... production sound mixer
Tim Holland .... sound effects editor
Mildred Iatrou .... assistant sound designer (as Milly Iatrou)
Jeff Kliment .... sound
John Pritchett .... sound
Visual Effects by
Rocco Gioffre .... matte artist
Gerardo Albarrán .... stunts (as Gerardo Moreno Flores)
Rick Barker .... stunt coordinator
J.D. Silvester .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Mel Cannon .... grip
Kenny S. Christiansen .... best boy electric
Denis Crossan .... additional camera operator
Steven Fierberg .... additional cinematographer
Frank Pineda .... additional camera operator
Tom Richmond .... additional photographer
Rafael Ruiz .... additional camera operator
Tim Ross .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marion Weise .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Chris Maybach .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Dick Bright .... music arranger
Dick Bright .... orchestrator
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer
Samuel Lehmer .... music recordist
Patrick O'Sullivan .... music editor
Vander Schloss .... music arranger: guitar
Zander Schloss .... music arranger: guitar music
Joe Strummer .... music arranger
Joe Strummer .... music producer
Joe Strummer .... musician
Richard Zobel .... vocal arranger
Transportation Department
Arturo Curiel .... transportation captain
Other crew
Robert Dawson .... title designer
Gary Gillingham .... production accountant
Karen Mattingly .... script supervisor: Tucson
Mike Rom .... production assistant

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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Principal photography on this picture was filmed during March, April and May 1987.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as 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 »
Yrena:You were very good last night. Not great, but for a gringo good enough.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dispatches from Nicaragua (2008) (V)See more »
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Not your everyday history lesson..., 18 January 2009
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

Best remembered (if at all) as the film that comprehensively destroyed Alex Cox's mainstream career, it's hard to see what caused such vitriolic offence at the time. Cox and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer's take on the unbalanced self-deceiving 'idealist' mercenary William Walker's intervention in Nicaragua to protect Cornelius Vanderbilt's financial interests there, setting off a century of disastrous American interference, is not particularly subtle, but then William Walker wasn't exactly a subtle man ("Clearly this is no ordinary asshole," judges one of the more astute locals). With a visual style clearly inspired by spaghetti westerns and Sam Peckinpah, a contradictory narration - what you hear isn't what you see, with Walker's own third person narration frequently completely at odds with the farcical reality - and a slew of critic infuriating anachronisms, it was received with a mixture of outrage and contempt that makes the critical reception of Domino look like a triumph of Schindler's List proportions.

It's not a great movie, but it's certainly not the disaster its been painted, and even the at first jarring anachronisms are fun - Walker gets the cover of both Time and Newsweek, interviewers use tape recorders while Vanderbilt has a computer displaying stock market prices in his office - but perhaps should have been introduced earlier: however, there's no doubting the pertinence of the final arrival of trigger-happy helicopter gunships to evacuate the US citizens. Harris is on fine self-righteous form as the 'short idealist,' short on ideals but big on a sense of divine purpose even though he has no idea what that purpose actually is from one moment to the next. With a concise running time and a great Joe Strummer score, it's an ambitious and often entertaining oddity. Just don't go in expecting a history lesson or a straight biography. It's not perfect by any means, but there's too much that's interesting about the film to dismiss it entirely out of hand.

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