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Walker (1987)

An unconventional retelling of the life of William Walker, a 19th century American mercenary leader who became the president of Nicaragua.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... William Walker
... Ephraim Squier
... Maj. Siegfried Hennington
... Timothy Crocker
... Capt. Hornsby
... Byron Cole
... Stebbins
... Cornelius Vanderbilt
... Ellen Martin
... Raousset
... Muñoz (as Pedro Armendariz)
Roberto López Espinoza ... Mayorga
... Norvell Walker
... James Walker
... Yrena
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William Walker and his mercenary corps enter Nicaragua in the middle of the 19th century in order to install a new government by a coup d'etat. All is being financed by an American multimillionaire who has his own interest in this country. Written by Volker Boehm

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4 December 1987 (USA)  »

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Os Imortais  »

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$5,800,000 (estimated)

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$257,043
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Actor Peter Boyle initially turned down the role of Cornelius Vanderbilt but later he accepted and volunteered to do the film free of charge. See more »

Goofs

This film is littered with anachronisms (for example: modern cars, color printed magazines and coca cola bottles). However, these are clearly an artistic choice by the film-maker and cannot be considered true 'goofs'. See more »

Quotes

William Walker: One must act with severity, or perish.
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Moonlight Sonata
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Alex Cox takes on the historic drama.
5 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

Walker was both a box office and critical failure upon its initial release, and even though it's not hard to see why (viewers expecting a historic drama played straight, by Cox of all directors, will be sorely disappointed), it certainly deserves to be rediscovered by a whole new audience. OK maybe Cox tries to be "cult" a little too hard for his own good, but that aside he pulls it off surprisingly well. Ed Harris is OK in the leading role but I would have LOVED to see Gary Oldman portray the semi-insane William Walker. If any role called for scenery consumption, it's this one. Watch it for the great Peckinpah-esquire shooting in slow motion, the amusing anachronisms (choppers, computers, Newsweek magazines, Coca-Cola bottles, Marlboros), the general air of absurdity and psychotronic charm, the comedic touches, the political commentary and the great cinematography. Walker is good exactly because it refuses to take itself overly serious.


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