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The Walker (2007)

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An escort who caters to Washington D.C.'s society ladies becomes involved in a murder case.

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Paul Schrader

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Paul Schrader
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Harrelson ... Carter Page III
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Lynn Lockner
Lauren Bacall ... Natalie Van Miter
Ned Beatty ... Jack Delorean
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Emek Yoglu
Mary Beth Hurt ... Chrissie Morgan
Lily Tomlin ... Abigail Delorean
Willem Dafoe ... Larry Lockner
William Hope ... Mungo Tenant
Geff Francis Geff Francis ... Detective Dixon
Steven Hartley ... Robbie Kononsberg
Garrick Hagon ... Mungo Tenant
Michael J. Reynolds ... Ethan Withal
Allen Lidkey Allen Lidkey ... Andrew Salesperson
Stewart Alexander ... Edgar
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Storyline

Carter Page III holds a special place in Washington society: the gay son and grandson of powerful men, he has connections, manners, and he's no threat, so he's an available escort when a woman's husband would rather not accompany her to a public event. When the secret lover of one of his women friends is murdered, she asks Carter to cover for her, and his acquiescence gets him into immediate trouble with the police and an ambitious prosecutor. Carter, with the help of his lover Emek, starts his own investigation. They're warned off by someone's hired muscle. Can Carter figure out what happened or will he lose more than he realizes he has? Human behavior is a mystery. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Everyone loves a good scandal

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violent material and nude images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK | Isle Of Man

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O Acompanhante See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£44,623 (United Kingdom), 12 August 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,525, 9 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$77,177, 3 February 2008
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Dolby Digital EX

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Schrader told HX Magazine that Woody Harrelson refused to do any publicity for this movie because he was dissatisfied with his own performance in it. See more »

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The second time Woody Harrelson's character is interrogated by the police, he has a gold waistcoat on. However, when he leaves the building the waistcoat had disappeared. See more »

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Natalie Van Miter: Memory is a very unreliable organ. Trust me Car, it's right up there with the penis.
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References The Blue and the Gray (1982) See more »

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Angel Eyes (Kaos Remix)
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more drama than thriller, cool and collected, fantastic Harrelson performance
5 July 2009 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

The Walker is about a profession many of us aren't aware of: socialites like Mr. Carter Page III, who escort ladies who happened to be the wives of senators and congressman around Washington DC and play cards and socialize (hence the 'social' part of the title). But it's also about a murder mystery, where a man is killed who is connected with Lynn Lockner, married to senator Larry Lockner. Who killed him, for what motive, and what are the connections and the fall-out of the scandal, are all a part of the narrative for Paul Schrader, the mind-games of Washington, the slick veneer and quietly accepted facts of corruption and greed and, usually, scandal. But it's also about this man, the Walker, how he is viewed by the women he is polite to (indeed his politeness is pointed out as a weakness, as "Don't be so polite" in this DC society), and his own self flagged by the legacy of his father, a hero in the eyes of many in DC. Oh, and he's gay, though this is only the ice on the cake.

For Paul Schrader, it's a mature work that shows him skillfully working out this side of DC that is fresh in perspective. He is able to write the dramatic scenes much better, however, than those of that of a thriller. One senses Schrader's investment in his own material hit high points when he just has two people in a room talking about the heart of a matter, like an argument between Carter and Emek that is really all about Carter's father but exactly about Carter the whole time, or a scene between Carter and Lauren Bacall's elder lady when he finds out a vital piece of information (the "black sheep" dialog). Scenes like those are very good, while a chase scene down an alley feels weaker, filmed with tired and repetitive dutch angles and close-ups.

So, if it isn't quite one of Schrader's best films, albeit not his worst, it is definitely an achievement for Harrelson. He disappears into the character of Carter Page III (note the III) as an effeminate but strong-willed Southern man who hides his baldness with a hair piece and keeps his politeness and calm demeanor as something that is partly natural and partly a cover for what is really deep down someone who has disappointed others around him. It's so fascinating to see this actor who, indeed, once was a co-star in White Men Can't Jump, tackle such a complex character and succeed in every scene with depth and sensitivity and subtlety. He is nothing less than totally absorbing, especially up against old pros like Bacall and Ned Beatty.


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