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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...

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Walter Hill

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

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
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Storyline

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.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Extreme Prejudice See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,498,957, 26 April 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,307,844
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of two cinema movie collaborations of actor Powers Boothe and writer-director Walter Hill. The films are Southern Comfort (1981) and Extreme Prejudice (1987) and were both made and first released around six years apart. See more »

Goofs

A microphone is visible in bar scene at the beginning (a few minutes from the start). See more »

Quotes

Jack Benteen: Once I see that Sarita's okay, we'll settle up.
Cash Bailey: Why sure, that's only fair. What the hell. You think I want you worried about her when you ought to be concentratin' on killing me?
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Alternate Versions

Although rated "not under 16", German Video-Release is cut. TV-Version runs longer, but is also not really uncut. See more »

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References The Getaway (1972) See more »

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"Right way's the hardest, wrong way's the easiest."
30 September 2007 | by Gareth_HackingSee all my reviews

One of Walter Hill's many overlooked and undervalued films, Extreme Prejudice is a modern day western, set squarely on the US/Mexican border.

For an action film, it's unusually structured, with two separate strands vying for prominence. On the one hand we have Texas Ranger Jack Benteen (Nick Nolte, looking particularly sharp), versus childhood friend, now drug lord Cash Bailey (Powers Boothe), battling over both the drug trade and Sarita Cisneros (Maria Conchita Alonso), a Mexican singer who loves them both. But what is a supposedly deceased US army unit doing in town? These guys are on a mission, and while they might not like their orders, they'll carry them out to the best of their ability. But what their mission is, they or us are never to sure of.

The film is filled with to the brim with fine character actors, chewing up and spitting out the tough-guy dialogue with relish. Everyone is on fine form though Rip Torn, as Benteen's predecessor and Clancy Brown, as the unit's second-in-command are of particular note.

Well worth a look if you ever get the chance.


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