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Cisco Pike (1972)

A down on his luck former drug dealer is forced by a corrupt LAPD policeman to sell 100 kilos of confiscated marijuana in one weekend.

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Bill Norton (as B.L. Norton)

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Bill Norton (as B.L. Norton)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kris Kristofferson ... Cisco Pike
Karen Black ... Sue
Gene Hackman ... Officer Leo Holland
Harry Dean Stanton ... Jesse Dupre (as H.D. Stanton)
Viva ... Merna
Joy Bang ... Lynn
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Music Store Owner
Chuy Franco Chuy Franco ... Mexican Man
Severn Darden ... Lawyer
Herb Weil Herb Weil ... Suspicious Customer
Antonio Fargas ... Buffalo
Doug Sahm Doug Sahm ... Rex (as Douglas Sahm)
Howard Hesseman ... Recording Engineer (as Don Sturdy)
Allan Arbus ... Sim Valensi (as Alan Arbus)
Frank Hotchkiss Frank Hotchkiss ... Motorcycle Officer
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Storyline

Cisco is an ex-rock star, famous in the 1960s, whose life and career has been a mess because of drugs. Now with a pregnant girlfriend he has a chance to start a new life. A corrupt cop, Leo Holland, blackmails Cisco to sell marijuana for him. Cisco has one weekend to sell it to his friends. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

NO WAY OUT FOR CISCO PIKE! He's trapped between the crooked cop and the impossible deadline. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1972 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Dealer See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Seymour Cassel was set to star but left shortly before filming began. Kris Kristofferson was a last minute replacement. See more »

Goofs

Crew with black pants and red shirt reflected in the brown station wagon, 26 minutes into the movie, after Cisco's montage of selling the packages. He meets a guy at a housing construction site. See more »

Quotes

Cisco Pike: The kids take it hard when you left?
Jesse Dupre: I imagine. Ah, screw it, man. I'm gonna' provide for them when we make it. I'm gonna' give 'em half my share. Besides, I got some accident money left.
Cisco Pike: What's that?
Jesse Dupre: I got in a car wreck and sustained some heavy "brain damage". That's the easiest one to pull now. Whiplash don't work no more. Broke a leg once. But brain damage, man, that's the easiest one. Ten thousand, just like that. I'm lucky like that, man. Things happen to me.
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Wailin' and Whoopin'
Written and Performed by Sonny Terry
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An overlooked classic
11 March 2004 | by CountZaroffSee all my reviews

Somebody please bring this out on DVD, because I'm desperate to own a copy so I can watch it whenever I feel like it. It's rarely seen and it's a fantastic piece of 1970's cinema.

Strong, realistic, natural performances from Kris and Harry Dean, stacks of great cameos including the might Antonio Fargas. Fantastically evocative and one of the few occasions when Kristofferson's great presence and offscreen persona have been used to good effect in front of the camera.

If you love 1970's American films (and if you have any feeling for movies at all, you have to love this period), then this is up there with the best.

If you have a chance to see it, take it.


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