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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:

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Trivia

According to the Turner Classic Movies website, the "film had the complete cooperation from the Sandanista Government, and the Nicaraguan Cinema Institute". 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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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

Referenced in Dispatches from Nicaragua (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Silver Threads Among the Gold
(uncredited)
Music by H.P. Danks
Lyrics by Eben E. Rexford
Arranged by Joe Strummer
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Bravura
19 July 2006 | by Andy44See all my reviews

Visionary movie-making. I will not write any spoiler, so I can't describe the brilliant way Cox expresses his story with some mind-bending visual and verbal devices. Some might dismiss it as trickery, but I think of it as magical realism.

William Walker was a real person and his "liberation" of Nicaragua did take place, roughly as shown in this movie. Cox and Wurlitzer took some major liberties with historic details- perhaps for narrative pace, budget reasons, or whatever. I read quite a lot about Walker and Nicaragua after seeing this movie and there's no distortion for ideological reasons.

If you value originality, subtlety, honesty and an occasional slap in the face, see this movie. I envy first-time viewers.


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Official Sites:

Alex Cox

Country:

USA | Mexico

Release Date:

4 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$5,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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