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(1987)

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One of the three films that Alex Cox edited himself. The other two films are Searchers 2.0 (2007) and Repo Chick (2009). However, this is the only one that he co-edited with Carlos Puente.
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Actor Peter Boyle initially turned down the role of Cornelius Vanderbilt but later he accepted and volunteered to do the film free of charge.
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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 (1987) is his best work.
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Alex Cox's second and final film produced by Universal Pictures, the first had been Repo Man (1984). He was later offered Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) but was fired from the project. The Universal studio eventually took over and hired Terry Gilliam to direct.
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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.
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This motion picture was predominantly filmed in the Central American country of the Republic of Nicaragua during the Contra War period.
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Just after William Walker (Ed Harris) has been informed of his victory in Nicaragua, he leads his troops toward Granada past a grave with a cross inscribed Sam Peckinpah (sic).
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According to the Turner Classic Movies website, the "film had the complete cooperation from the Sandanista Government, and the Nicaraguan Cinema Institute".
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The Nicaraguan army provided a Soviet MI-18 transport helicopter as well as soldiers to act as security guards for the production.
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The movie's Walker (1987) title refers to the film's central character, the historical figure of William Walker (1824 - 1860), who is portrayed in the film by actor Ed Harris. Website Wikipedia says of William Walker that he was " . . . an American physician, lawyer, journalist and mercenary, who organized several private military expeditions into Latin America, with the intention of establishing English-speaking colonies under his personal control, an enterprise then known as 'filibustering'. Walker usurped the presidency of the Republic of Nicaragua in 1856 and ruled until 1857, when he was defeated by a coalition of Central American armies. He was executed by the government of Honduras in 1860".
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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.
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The motion picture's opening title card states: "This is a true story".
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Principal photography on this picture was filmed during March, April and May 1987.
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About three hundred local Nicaraguan carpenters were contracted to build sets for the movie.
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Approximately six thousand Nicaraguan locals were employed as extras and background artists.
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The movie's closing credits declare: "This film was made in Nicaragua in 1987".
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Actress Marlee Matlin portrayed a character, Ellen Martin, whose surname rhymed with her own last name.
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The name of the train locomotive was the "Commodore Vanderbilt".
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Cameo 

Ronald Reagan: Uncredited, in archive footage, as himself.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The film's closing epilogue states: "William Walker was born in Nashville, Tennessee on May 8, 1824. He ruled Nicaragua from 1855 to 1857. He was executed in Honduras on September 12, 1860".
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