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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
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
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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94 min
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Did You Know?

Alex Cox says on the commentary of the Criterion Collection DVD that, out all the movies he's done and despite the fact that this film had hurt his career as a Hollywood director, he believes that 'Walker' is his best work.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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Alex Cox effectively destroyed his career with this interesting film, 9 March 2008
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

"Walker" is an unique film, but its easy to see why it flopped commercially and critically when originally released. The film tells the tale of a 19th century mercenary soldier who invades Nicaragua to install democracy and winds up making a tyrannical government. The central character, Walker, is a completely insane man, which makes Alex Cox's over-the-top style of storytelling rather effective. The film, along with the equally berserk but not nearly as interesting "Straight to Hell", completely destroyed Cox's career after the promise of his first two films "Repo Man" and "Sid and Nancy". Its easy to see why. Not because this film is bad or anything, but its sledgehammer style really nails the point home and was probably uncomfortable for audience members.

That isn't to say its a masterpiece. Cox is a bit too sledgehammer in his style, meaning he often sacrifices character development or a compelling storyline in order to get the point across. Plus, the satire is often a bit too over-the-top and comes across as juvenile (espescially for the first twenty minutes or so). Still, Cox is clearly a passionate man and one has to admire him for making such an uncompromising picture. Its still unique and entertaining in how surreal it often is. (7/10)

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