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Cisco Pike (1971)

R | | Drama | February 1972 (Canada)
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.


Bill Norton (as B.L. Norton)


Bill Norton (as B.L. Norton)




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


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




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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Jesse Dupre: You gettin' any more gigs, man?
Cisco Pike: Yeah. Ed Sullivan wants me.
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Vivid character study with fine debut performance by Kristofferson
25 October 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson is well-cast in his first film as Cisco Pike, a musician with some success a few years behind him, now just another struggling performer in Southern California. Busted twice for dealing, he's gone straight, hoping to get back into the music business which has quietly passed him by. The narcotics officer who nailed Cisco comes to him with a proposition: having just lucked into 100 kilos of weed, he wants Cisco to sell it all off in two-and-half days, give the cop 10 G's and keep the rest of the profits for himself. Writer-director B.L. Norton (whose script was reworked by an uncredited Robert Towne) creates a deceptively lackadaisical atmosphere, yet the paranoia and desperation is palpable. The vivid cinematography is by Vilis Lapenieks; performances by Kristofferson (who also contributes four songs to the soundtrack), Gene Hackman, Karen Black, Antonio Fargas, Roscoe Lee Browne and Harry Dean Stanton are each in their own remarkable. There are some problems with the film, mostly narrative: an unexplained sequence midway has Hackman's narc apparently following Cisco as he deals to his clients, leading to a violent argument that sort of dead-ends; also, Cisco is given several chances to explain his actions at crucial points in the story, but each time he frustratingly clams up (this is a problem that runs throughout the movie). Otherwise, a perceptive, quirky effort with funny asides and lovely throwaway moments. **1/2 from ****

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February 1972 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Dealer See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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