Alex Cox

Walker

Walker

A hallucinatory biopic that breaks all cinematic conventions, Walker, from British director Alex Cox, 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 many months, the 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.


Film Info

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

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Alex Cox, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by Cox and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer
  • Dispatches from Nicaragua, a documentary about the filming of Walker
  • On Moviemaking and the Revolution, reminiscences from an extra on the film
  • Walker 2008 and On the Origins of “Walker” (2016), two short films by Cox (Blu-ray only)
  • Behind-the-scenes photos
  • Trailer (Blu-ray only)
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: Essays by film critic Graham Fuller, actor and author Linda Sandoval, and Wurlitzer

    Blu-ray cover by Paul Mavrides (pictured); DVD cover by Marc English

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Alex Cox, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by Cox and screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer
  • Dispatches from Nicaragua, a documentary about the filming of Walker
  • On Moviemaking and the Revolution, reminiscences from an extra on the film
  • Walker 2008 and On the Origins of “Walker” (2016), two short films by Cox (Blu-ray only)
  • Behind-the-scenes photos
  • Trailer (Blu-ray only)
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: Essays by film critic Graham Fuller, actor and author Linda Sandoval, and Wurlitzer

    Blu-ray cover by Paul Mavrides (pictured); DVD cover by Marc English
Walker
Cast
Ed Harris
William Walker
Peter Boyle
Cornelius Vanderbilt
Marlee Matlin
Ellen Martin
Sy Richardson
Captain Hornsby
Blanca Guerra
Doña Yrena
Richard Masur
Ephraim Squier
René Auberjonois
Major Siegfried Henningson
Xander Berkeley
Byron Cole
John Diehl
Stebbins
Pedro Armendariz
Muñoz
Alfonso Arau
Raousset
Roberto López Espinoza
Mayorga
Gerrit Graham
Norvell Walker
William O’Leary
James Walker
Alan Bolt
Don Domingo
Miguel Sandoval
Parker French
René Assa
Doctor Jones
Bennet Guillory
Achilles Kewen
Norbert Weisser
Prange
Credits
Director
Alex Cox
Written by
Rudy Wurlitzer
Produced by
Lorenzo O'Brien
Executive producer
Edward R. Pressman
Associate producer
Debbie Diaz
Music composed by
Joe Strummer
Sound designer
Richard Beggs
Second unit director
Miguel Sandoval
Director of photography
David Bridges
Production designer
Bruno Rubeo
Art directors
Cecilia Montiel
Jorge Sainz
Set decorator
Bryce Perrin
Film editors
Carlos Puente
Alex Cox
Additional cinematography
Denis Crossan
Frank Pineda
Steven Fierberg
Tom Richmond
Rafael Ruiz
Wardrobe designer
Pam Tait
Casting
Victoria Thomas
Miguel Sandoval

Current

Walker: Apocalypse When?
Walker: Apocalypse When?

At the climax of Alex Cox’s Walker (1987), a helicopter descends from the night sky onto a plaza where the colonial buildings are ablaze and an army of mercenaries is disintegrating . . .

By Graham Fuller

Walker: Forced March
Walker: Forced March
Actor and writer Linda Sandoval met Alex Cox in 1983, when her husband, Miguel Sandoval, was cast in Repo Man (she recalls that Cox phoned to say he had good news and bad news: the bad news was that Miguel was cast in Repo Man; the good news was that…

By Linda Sandoval