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« on: May 08, 2010, 08:34:15 AM »


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092997/


''An army of forgotten heroes, all officially dead. They live for combat. Now they've met the wrong man.''


Modern Western - actioner directed by Walter Hill and written by (among others) John Milius.

In a Texas shithole on the border of the US and Mexico a tough Texas ranger (Nick Nolte) decides it's time to end the drug trafficking business, run mostly by his once friend Cash Bailey (Powers Boothe). Beside them a group of merks partially run by the government follows their own agenda...

This is nowhere near Hill's best directorial or Milius' writer work but it's a very entertaining MW with good action, and a watchable homage to ''The Wild Bunch''. Nick Nolte and Powers Boothe at their best, the rest of the cast, composed by well known character actors (Ironside, Brown, Forsythe, Torn...) follows in line. Good chemistry.

The part with one of the soldiers turning a bad boy is unfortunately very foreseeable, and so that the whole subplot (with the merks/special agents/whatever) turns cheap. Maybe it was less foreseeable at the time when the movie was released (23 years ago), but if you watch it today for the first time you'll guess easily who to put your money on.

Rip Torn has a great little role in this (as an old county sheriff), and definitely steals the show in the first 1/3 of the movie. He delivers a couple of memorable (John Milius) lines. Pity he gets shot soon.

Fun.


6.5 - 7 / 10

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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2016, 06:48:09 PM »

Just saw this on what looked like a full screen DVD, agree it was a fun flick, 7/10 what version did you watch full or wide screen?

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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2016, 08:18:59 AM »

4:3 Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2016, 12:46:33 PM »

4:3 Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2017, 02:27:57 PM »

Good to see this one got support.

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Extreme Prejudice is directed by Walter Hill and collectively written by John Milius, Fred Rexer, Deric Washburn and Harry Kleiner. It stars Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe, Maria Conchita Alonso, Michael Ironside, Rip Torn, Clancy Brown, William Forsythe and Matt Mulhern. Music is by Jerry Goldsmith and cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti.

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Walter Hill homages and parodies the splinter of action cinema that encompasses the grizzled law enforcer tracking the bad guy, who in this case, was once a friend. That's the basic set up for Hill's brooding and bloody Extreme Prejudice. Action takes place down on the US/Mexico border, Ranger Jack Benteen (Nolte) is hunting his one time pal - and the man he shares his woman's love with Cash Bailey (Boothe), who has taken up drug smuggling as his employment of choice. Complicating matters is that there is a gang of ex-forces specialists in the town ready to raid the bank for some funds and documents to nail Bailey. Loyalties are tested, twists, turns and bloody shocks do follow.

Much of the film's strength is gained from the casting, it's a roll call of macho performers who combined make up a CV with enough beef to feed the third world. Even Alonso as the sole female of note fits the requisite toughness exam (she would do The Running Man this same year and go on to star in Predator 2). Much of the narrative involves brooding and tough talk, a slow burn approach from Hill who adds some meat to the bones of the main characters. Photography is pleasing, with actual locations shimmering on the screen, and Goldsmith's score is a pulser that is a fore runner to his score for Total Recall 3 years later.

At times it's offbeat, at others it's gripping in its sweaty intensity, and then there is the balletic violence which Hill has proved himself to be an astute purveyor of, crowned here by his homage to Peckinpah's glorious finale in The Wild Bunch.

Lean and tough with bodies and butchness everywhere. 7.5/10

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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2017, 03:15:04 PM »

How did you see this Spike? The DVD I received from Netflix looked like it was stretched to fullscreen. I liked the music on this one a lot.

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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2017, 05:13:04 PM »

How did you see this Spike? The DVD I received from Netflix looked like it was stretched to fullscreen. I liked the music on this one a lot.

I saw it Via a British TV showing and I'm sure I had to switch my TV setting to full screen.

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