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Walker

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Walker

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Ed Harris, Rene Auberjonois, Marlee Matlin
director:
Alex Cox

We gave it a B+

Fresh off the cult-film one-two punch of Repo Man and Sid & Nancy, British director Alex Cox took a torch to his career with this agitprop satire of Ronald Reagan’s misadventures in Central America. In Walker Harris plays William Walker, the half-mad American soldier of fortune who ”liberated” Nicaragua in the 1850s. Just in case the allegory isn’t obvious enough, Cox lets his 19th-century characters read TIME, drink Coke, and smoke Marlboros in what may be the strangest film of the ’80s. EXTRAS In a commentary, Cox talks about getting the Sandinistas’ approval to film on location. B+

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