Walker (1987)




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This historically-based satirical film follows the 1855 invasion of Nicaragua by American William Walker (Ed Harris). Walker led a group of revolutionaries to take over the country and proceeded to appoint himself president on behalf of the government of the United States.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
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Universal Pictures

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Ed Harris
as William Walker
Richard Masur
as Ephraim Squier
Rene Auberjonois
as Maj. Siegfried Hennington
Keith Szarabajka
as Timothy Crocker
Sy Richardson
as Capt. Hornsby
Xander Berkeley
as Bryon Cole
John Diehl
as Stebbins
Peter Boyle
as Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt
Marlee Matlin
as Ellen Martin
Alfonso Arau
as Raousset
Gerrit Graham
as Norvell Walker
William O'Leary
as James Walker
Alan Bolt
as Don Domingo
Miguel Sandoval
as Parker French
Joe Strummer
as Faucet
René Assa
as Dr. Jones
Bennet Guillory
as Achilles Kewen
Bruce Wright
as Anderson
Richard Edson
as Turley
Charley Braun
as Bruno Van Namzer
Linda Callahan
as Mrs. Bingham
Richard Zobel
as Lemuel
Ren Woods
as Alta Kewen
Frederick Neumann
as Wiley marshall
David Hayman
as Father Rossiter
Edward Tudor-Pole
as Doubleday
Sharon Barr
as Darlene
Kathy Burke
as Annie Mae
Fox Harris
as District Attorney
Eddie Pansullo
as Maj. Angus
Jack Slater
as Sanders
Spider Stacey
as Davenport
Del Zamora
as Padre Vigil
Biff Yeager
as Rudler
Ed Pansullo
as Maj. Angus
George Belanger
as Assistant Deputy
Paulino Rodruguez
as Castellon
Dick Rude
as Washburn
Bob Tzudiker
as Garrison
Spider Stacy
as Davenport
Rick Barker
as Breckenridge
Robert Dickman
as Company Man
Joe Celeste
as Jury Foreman
Martin Aylett
as Reporter
Ramon Alvarez
as Reporter
Raymund Kettless
as Reporter
Tom Collins
as Reporter
Louis Mathews
as Priest
Dexter Taylor
as Liverpool
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Critic Reviews for Walker

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 13, 2008
Slant Magazine

a grievously misunderstood piece of schizo art

February 5, 2008

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The movie's fierce detractors must have been so disgusted that they weren't even willing to concede its strokes of genius.

Full Review… | October 8, 2006

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
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Walker

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

Ken Stachnik
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
Michael S

Super Reviewer

[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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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]

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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