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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.

Director:

Alex Cox

Writer:

Rudy Wurlitzer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Harris ... William Walker
Richard Masur ... Ephraim Squier
Rene Auberjonois ... Maj. Siegfried Hennington
Keith Szarabajka ... Timothy Crocker
Sy Richardson ... Capt. Hornsby
Xander Berkeley ... Byron Cole
John Diehl ... Stebbins
Peter Boyle ... Cornelius Vanderbilt
Marlee Matlin ... Ellen Martin
Alfonso Arau ... Raousset
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Muñoz (as Pedro Armendariz)
Roberto López Espinoza Roberto López Espinoza ... Mayorga
Gerrit Graham ... Norvell Walker
William O'Leary ... James Walker
Blanca Guerra ... Yrena
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Storyline

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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Before Rambo... Before Oliver North...


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Alex Cox

Country:

USA | Mexico | Spain

Release Date:

4 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Imortais See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,800,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Alex Cox (at a post-premier showing in Berkeley, CA), while they were still in Nicaragua a Dutch news crew shot footage of people washing dead bodies in the street (the victims had been shot by Contras as they left a wedding. This footage was interspersed with the archival footage of Reagan during the closing credits. 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

Cornelius Vanderbilt: No one will remember Walker. No one will remember men who lose.
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Alternate Versions

All horsefalls using tripwires were cut from the UK release, but the complete version has been shown twice on network TV (BBC2). See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Moonlight Sonata
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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one of the greatest films I have ever seen
23 February 2007 | by groovy_deadSee all my reviews

This is one of the greatest films i have ever seen. The only issue I have with it is that it is out of print. I'd do almost anything to find a copy. While not the most accurate account of LITERAL history, it still provides decent reference as long as it is taken in its intended symbolic context. It is a truly profound portrayal, a historical as well as a relevant political statement filled with striking imagery and an outstanding score. Possibly too abstract for some, but in all actuality a most outstanding movie. If anyone knows where i might be able to find a copy of this I would be most obliged. I recommend it to anyone interested in...well I recommend it to anyone really.


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