Walker (1987)




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Alex Cox directed this hallucinatory bio-pic starring Ed Harris as 19th-century American adventurer William Walker, who abandoned a series of careers in law, politics, journalism, and medicine to become a soldier of fortune and eventually a Nicaraguan dictator. When his deaf wife (Marlee Matlin) dies of cholera (but not before she utilizes sign language to tell Walker "To Hell with Manifest Destiny"), Walker is backed by multi-millionaire banker Cornelius Vanderbilt (Peter Boyle) to lead a band … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Rudy Wurlitzer, Rudolph Wurlitzer, Alex Cox
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 19, 2008
Universal Pictures



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as Ephraim Squier

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as Timothy Crocker

as Capt. Hornsby

as Bryon Cole

as Stebbins

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as Ellen Martin

as Raousset

as Norvell Walker

as James Walker

as Don Domingo

as Parker French

as Faucet

as Dr. Jones

as Achilles Kewen

as Anderson

as Turley

as Bruno Van Namzer

as Mrs. Bingham

as Alta Kewen

as Wiley marshall

as Father Rossiter

as Doubleday

as Darlene

as Annie Mae

as District Attorney

as Maj. Angus

as Sanders

as Davenport

as Padre Vigil

as Maj. Angus

as Rudler

as Assistant Deputy

as Washburn

as Garrison

as Davenport

as Breckenridge

as Company Man

as Jury Foreman

as Reporter

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Critic Reviews for Walker

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

Some bad movies are in no hurry to announce themselves, but Walker declares its badness right from the opening titles.

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Chicago Sun-Times
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Time Out
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New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Walker

I really don't get the appeal. I like Alex Cox, but this is just...bad.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


A historical biopic on acid and about 13 other hard drugs! Alex Cox's "WALKER" is a feverish, unbelievably delirious film that while based on facts, refuses to limit itself in any way or take any obvious direction (in what other film could a 19th century Mercenary possibly make the covers of both TIME MAGAZINE and NEWSWEEK). I haven't seen a film this ridiculous in some time, but I actually really liked it! A part of me feels this film is some kind of odd work of manic genius; the other part of me thinks I'm completely insane for admitting that!

Michael S

Super Reviewer


A strange war movie with black humour and no regard for historical accuracy. It's told very well, and very bloody throughout, but the comedy makes it watchable. The long climax with the civilian slaughter and burning of the city, with the mesermizing music by Joe Strummer of "The Clash" - is powerful and unforgettable. Ed Harris is devilish in his role as William Walker. I wish the lazy folks at Universal Home Video would release this to Region 1 DVD.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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