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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


Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy

Rudy Wurlitzer

Feb 19, 2008

Universal Pictures

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Walker is the dark, neurotic flipside of Repo Man, where the antiheroic title character is not interested in any form of individual self-expression other than a single-minded pursuit of fame and glory.

February 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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a grievously misunderstood piece of schizo art

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source:

Cox and writer Rudy Wurlitzer get the politics right, but don't know how to clearly tell their story without seeming like loonies.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The movie's fierce detractors must have been so disgusted that they weren't even willing to concede its strokes of genius.

October 9, 2006 Full Review Source:

Ed Harris in the lead role valiantly tries to make the best of a bad situation, but the cartoon dimensions of the story leave him twisting in the wind.

August 27, 2004 Full Review
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I really don't get the appeal. I like Alex Cox, but this is just...bad.
November 13, 2011

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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!
January 2, 2011

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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.
July 30, 2007

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[font=Century Gothic]"Walker" starts in 1853 as William Walker(Ed Harris) barely survives his botched attempt at liberating a corrupt section of Mexico. Since that went so well, he is approached by Cornelius Vanderbilt(Peter Boyle) to head an expedition to Nicaragua to stabilize the country so he can profit off the overland route and a future canal. Walker is at first reluctant but joins up when his fiancee Ellen(Marlee Matlin) dies of cholera.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Walker" is a wildly entertaining and exuberant movie incredibly based on a true story about a delusional man.(Anytime you start to believe your own press, you have problems, especially if you own a newspaper for that express purpose.) Directed by Alex Cox in a style that could best be termed as Peckinpah on mescaline, the movie utilizes more than its fair share of anachronisms to highlight the timelessness of the plot. Cox's intent was to indirectly comment on the covert war against the Sandinistas in the 1980's but since economic imperialism is eternal, then why could we not apply this movie's lessons to Iraq instead? [/font]
February 24, 2009
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