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Extreme Prejudice (1987)

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A Texas Ranger and a ruthless narcotics kingpin - they were childhood friends, now they are adversaries...


Walter Hill


John Milius (story), Fred Rexer (story) | 2 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Jack Benteen
Powers Boothe ... Cash Bailey
Michael Ironside ... Maj. Paul Hackett
Maria Conchita Alonso ... Sarita Cisneros
Rip Torn ... Sheriff Hank Pearson
Clancy Brown ... MSgt. Larry McRose
William Forsythe ... Sgt. Buck Atwater
Matt Mulhern ... SSgt. Declan Patrick Coker
Larry B. Scott ... Sgt. Charles Biddle
Dan Tullis Jr. Dan Tullis Jr. ... Sgt. Luther Fry
John Dennis Johnston ... Merv
Luis Contreras ... Lupo
Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Hector (as Carlos Cervantes)
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Monday (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Marco Rodríguez ... Deputy Cortez


When they were kids Texas Ranger Jack Benteen used to be best friends with drug kingpin Cash Bailey. At present, however, the only element linking them together is Jack's girlfriend Sarita, who used to be with Cash. She returns to Cash as a voluntary hostage to make certain that Jack keeps his hands off the drug lord's operation. On top of that, there is a meticulously planned drug bust, in which both Jack and Cash butt heads with CIA-funded paramilitary Maj. Paul Hackett, following his own agenda. Written by Anonymous

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An army of forgotten heroes, all officially dead. They live for combat. Now they've met the wrong man.


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The final epic shootout in the Mexican village is clearly an homage to the final shootout in The Wild Bunch directed by Walter Hill's mentor Sam Peckinpah. See more »


During the car chase scene which follows the failed bank robbery, there is a brief glimpse of a "flipped" shot, in which it appears as though Sgt. Coker is driving the getaway car from the right hand side, while the left front seat (the driver's seat in left-hand drive cars, naturally) is empty. See more »


Jack Benteen: You know why I'm here. Two people dead on Main Street. One of 'em just a kid. Almost killed a mother and her baby.
Cash Bailey: Don't like it one bit myself, Jack. Nasty piece of business. I need enforcement by local authority, so that nothing like this will happen again. I need you, Jack. We could work together.
[He paces]
Cash Bailey: Hell, Jack, nothing would make me happier than to see you with a little grubstake of your own. Maybe a hundred thou a year, off the top?
Jack Benteen: [He snorts derisively] I catch you in Benrey, Cash, ...
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Alternate Versions

All UK cinema and video versions were cut by 19 secs by the BBFC to remove a shot of a rat impaled with a knife. The cuts were restored in the 2003 Momentum DVD release. See more »


Referenced in Hot Fuzz (2007) See more »


Performed by Jose Luis Talavera
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Action-Packed Macho Cinema With A Good Cast
25 January 2008 | by Witchfinder-General-666See all my reviews

"Extreme Prejudice" of 1987 may not be one of director Walter Hill's best films. but it certainly is a highly entertaining and action-packed piece of 80s macho cinema, that friends of diverting stories about loyalty, violence and tough guys should like. Other than many movies of the kind, "Extreme Prejudice" has an excellent cast. The story is not more promising than your average action flick, but this movie scores with good, violent action and great performances from actors such as Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe and Michael Ironside.

Jack Benteen (Nick Nolte) is a tough Texas Ranger who does his job near the Mexican border with a great sense of duty. His major ambition is to take down a drug cartel run in Mexico by the American Cash Bailey (Powers Boothe), and he has dedicated himself to this goal, irrespective of dangers or fatalities. Not only is Cash Bailey a drug-lord, however, he is also Jack's best childhood friend and the former lover of Jack's sexy Mexican bar singer girlfriend Sarita (Maria Conchita Alonso). Apart from Jack, a bunch of former soldiers lead by a mysterious Major (Michael Ironside) also have some task to carry out in the desert borderland...

The story is OK, but nothing spectacular, and the film's major qualities are the violent action, the characters' macho attitude and tough-mindedness, and, especially the great cast. Nick Nolte is excellent in his role of the silent tough-guy Texas Ranger. Powers Boothe also delivers a great performance as the unscrupulous drug-lord Cash, and beautiful Maria Conchita Alonso fits in her role very well. Michael Ironside is a great actor, and his specialty is playing tough guys or sinister characters. Both attributes apply to the his role in "Extreme Prejudice". The cast furthermore includes Rip Torn as a Sheriff as well as William Forsythe, Clancy Brown and Tommy 'Tiny' Lister in an early role. All things considered, "Extreme Prejudice" is certainly no masterpiece, but friends of tough-minded action flicks should be highly entertained! 6/10

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 April 1987 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,498,957, 26 April 1987

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Carolco Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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