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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.


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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

The scene in which Powers Boothe picks up a scorpion then crushes it with his bare hand was done in one take. See more »

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

Quotes

Sgt. Charles Biddle: Man, why the fuck did the ops call for me to drive off and leave my buddy exposed? I was parked on his ass. I could've shot that motherfucker and *then* drove off.
Sgt. Larry McRose: You did your job, Sergeant. The objective was secured. The whole thing went smooth until Fry got careless. He died stupid.
Sgt. Charles Biddle: Oh, come on, Larry! If Coker would've sneezed, he would've been late. The ops was too tight. Now you know that and I know that!
Sgt. Larry McRose: Yeah, and Fry knew it too!
Sgt. Charles Biddle: Command is not supposed to put us in those kind of ...
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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 Professionals (1966) See more »

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EL BESO DE LA ASESINA
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Good modern western with great cast and good plot
28 November 2001 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Jack Benteen is a hard-edged Texas ranger, Cash is his boyhood friend who now lives across the border and works as a major drug smuggler bringing crime into Texas. The conflict between the two men is complicated further when a group of soldiers registered as killed in action arrive in the area and begin to involve themselves in the existing drug war.

This is a good Walter Hill film that has plenty of good old fashioned western style action. The plot seems a little strange for most of the film because you're not quite sure where it's going. At the start you assume that the main focus of the film will be the relationship between Power Booth's Cash and Nolte's Benteen, but after 15 minutes the focus shifts onto the arrival of the army unit and stays split between them and Nolte. Because you're not sure what the unit is doing in this situation it keeps your interest throughout. However this means that Boothe is sidelined for most of the film which is a shame.

Both Boothe and Nolte are good, with Nolte doing his usual tough guy stuff. However the real pleasure comes from the depth of famous faces in the supporting cast. Maria Conchita Alonso is in a thankless role as the girlfriend torn between Cash and Benteen, Rip Torn is the local sheriff while the army unit includes many now well-known faces of Michael Ironside, Clancy Brown, William Forsythe and a small role for the always recognisable Tom "Tiny" Lister Jr.

The action is good throughout despite being a little flat and without any great style. The "wild bunch" style ending is exciting if a little unlikely and is typical of Walter Hill.

Overall a good modern day western with a strong cast, good plot and good action. It's nothing out of the ordinary but it's still entertaining decades after it was made.


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