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Director:
Writer:
Rudy Wurlitzer (written by)
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Release Date:
4 December 1987 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Before Rambo... Before Oliver North...
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A cult movie in search of an audience See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (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
Michelle Pinelli .... assistant director
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
 
Stunts
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
 
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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Runtime:
94 min
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Trivia:
Peter Boyle initially turned down the role of Cornelius Vanderbilt but later he accepted and volunteered to do the film free of charge.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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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Soundtrack:
Onward Christian SolidersSee more »

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39 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
A cult movie in search of an audience, 19 February 1999



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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