Alex Cox

Walker

Walker

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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

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Special 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

Walker
Cast
Ed Harris
William Walker
Peter Boyle
Cornelius Vanderbilt
Marlee Matlin
Ellen Martin
Richard Masur
Ephraim Squier
Sy Richardson
Captain Hornsby
Blanca Guerra
Doña Yrena
René Auberjonois
Major Siegfried Henningson
Xander Berkeley
Byron Cole
Alfonso Arau
Raousset
Credits
Director
Alex Cox
Screenplay
Rudy Wurlitzer
Producer
Lorenzo O'Brien
Editing
Alex Cox
Editing
Carlos Puente
Music
Joe Strummer
Executive producer
Edward R. Pressman
Associate producer
Debbie Diaz
Sound
Richard Beggs
Production design
Bruno Rubeo
Cinematography
David Bridges
Art direction
Cecilia Montiel
Art direction
Jorge Sainz
Set decoration
Bryce Perrin

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