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Walker

Alex Cox

 
Walker (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1987
  • 94 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #423

A hallucinatory biopic that breaks all cinematic conventions, Walker_, from British director Alex Cox (_Repo Man, Sid & Nancy), tells the story of nineteenth-century American adventurer William Walker (Ed Harris), who abandoned a series of careers in law, politics, journalism, and medicine to become a soldier of fortune, and for several years dictator of Nicaragua. Made with mad abandon and political acuity—and the support of the Sandinista army and government during the Contra war—the film uses this true tale as a satirical attack on American ultrapatriotism and a freewheeling condemnation of “manifest destiny.” Featuring a powerful score by Joe Strummer and a performance of intense, repressed rage by Harris, Walker remains one of Cox’s most daring works.

Cast

William WalkerEd Harris
Cornelius VanderbiltPeter Boyle
Ellen MartinMarlee Matlin
Ephraim SquierRichard Masur
Captain Hornsby Sy Richardson
Doña YrenaBlanca Guerra
Major Siegfried HenningsonRené Auberjonois
Byron Cole Xander Berkeley
RaoussetAlfonso Arau

Credits

DirectorAlex Cox
ScreenplayRudy Wurlitzer
ProducerLorenzo O'Brien
EditingAlex Cox and Carlos Puente
MusicJoe Strummer
Executive producerEdward R. Pressman
Associate producerDebbie Diaz
SoundRichard Beggs
Production designBruno Rubeo
CinematographyDavid Bridges
Art directionCecilia Montiel and Jorge Sainz
Set decorationBryce Perrin

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Alex Cox
  • Audio commentary by Cox and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer
  • Dispatches from Nicaragua, an original documentary about the filming of Walker
  • On Moviemaking and the Revolution, reminiscences twenty years later from an extra on the film
  • The Immortals: behind-the-scenes photos
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring writings by film critic Graham Fuller, Wurlitzer, and Linda Sandoval

    New cover by Marc English

Film Essays

Walker: Forced March

By Linda SandovalFebruary 18, 2008

Actor and writer Linda Sandoval met Alex Cox in 1983, when her husband, Miguel Sandoval, was . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Walker: Apocalypse When?

By Graham FullerFebruary 18, 2008

At the climax of Alex Cox’s Walker (1987), a helicopter descends from the night sky onto a . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Walker: Forced March

By Linda SandovalFebruary 18, 2008

Actor and writer Linda Sandoval met Alex Cox in 1983, when her husband, Miguel Sandoval, was . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Walker: Apocalypse When?

By Graham FullerFebruary 18, 2008

At the climax of Alex Cox’s Walker (1987), a helicopter descends from the night sky onto a . . . Read more »