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Fast-Walking (1982)

A corrupt prison guard becomes involved in a plot to murder a black revolutionary serving time in his prison.


James B. Harris


Ernest Brawley (novel), James B. Harris




Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Fast-Walking
Tim McIntire ... Wasco
Kay Lenz ... Moke
Robert Hooks ... William Galliot
Charles Weldon ... Officer Jackson
M. Emmet Walsh ... Sergeant Sanger
Susan Tyrrell ... Evie
John Friedrich ... Squeeze
Lance LeGault ... Lieutenant Barnes
Timothy Carey ... Bullet
Deborah White ... Elaine Schector
Sandy Ward ... Warden
Sydney Lassick ... Ted
Helen Page Camp ... Ted's Wife
K Callan ... Motel Manager


A corrupt prison guard becomes involved in a plot to murder a black revolutionary serving time in his prison.

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Writer/producer/director James B. Harris was working with famed director Don Siegel on the 1977 Charles Bronson thriller "Telefon", and offered him the script as a directing gig. Siegel declined. See more »


Wasco: I'm buying you out.
Bullet: You're what?
Wasco: I'm going to make you a very honorable proposal of a business nature that you're not going to be able to refuse.
Bullet: Oh yeah?
Wasco: God damn, you smell bad, man. Whew. Ahh... Let me run this down to you, Bullet, old baby. Number one, you're a junkie, which means you can't maintain the kind of objectivity that's necessary in an operation like this. Number two, you don't have my organization, my supply, you don't have my connections, frankly see, you're action's weak, small ...
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Rock solid prison drama.
1 May 2016 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

James Woods once again lights up the screen as a cheerful, mildly sleazy prison guard, Frank "Fast-Walking" Miniver. He's sometimes got some kind of hustle going on, but he's not all that bad. Yet, he finds himself drawn into a plot being engineered to assassinate William Galliott (Robert Hooks), a black revolutionary. Ultimately, Fast-Walking has to make a choice. Accept the money being offered to participate in the killing, or accept Galliotts' offer of cash to keep him safe.

Although leisurely paced, "Fast-Walking" is a frequently riveting look at corruption in a prison system. It gets a fair amount of juice from a typically electrifying performance by Woods, but even he is outshone by the late Tim McIntire, who's magnetic as an ambitious and crafty convict named Wasco. Woods also has fine scenes with the tantalizingly sexy Kay Lenz, as Wascos' girl "Moke". Moke makes it clear from the moment of her first encounter with Fast-Walking that she's not somebody to be messed with. Lenz does have one extremely memorable sequence where she turns on almost every male present in the visiting room. The rest of the supporting cast is stocked with some excellent actors and actresses: M. Emmet Walsh as Fast-Walkings' superior, Charles Weldon as his co-worker, Susan Tyrrell (looking more glamorous than usual) as Evie, Lance LeGault as Lieutenant Barnes, Sandy Ward as the warden, and Sydney Lassick as an inmate. The great screen psycho Timothy Carey has an amusing role as eccentric kingpin "Bullet".

"Fast-Walking" was adapted from the novel by Ernest Brawley by producer & director James B. Harris, who produced some of Kubricks' films when he was younger and who would again work with Woods on the police drama "Cop". The story is entertaining and on location shooting at a real prison aids in the authenticity. Some viewers will be pleased with the amount of full frontal female nudity. (Be warned, however, that we also get full frontal from Mr. Walsh!)

Nicely scored by Lalo Schifrin, this is a fairly interesting film worth a look for fans of prison-based cinema and actor Woods.

Eight out of 10.

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Release Date:

13 August 1982 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Joint See more »

Filming Locations:

Deer Lodge, Montana, USA See more »


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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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