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  • Actors: Woody Harrelson, Lauren Bacall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe, Lily Tomlin
  • Directors: Paul Schrader
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jan. 2008
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XEMDNU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,455 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Carter Page III is a society "walker" whose job entails squiring the wives of the rich and powerful to events their husbands could not accompany them to. When one of his friends, Lynn, wife of a liberal senator finds her lover murdered, he agrees to say he found the body to save her and her husband political embarrassment. Soon Carter is caught in a web of Washington intrigue and mixed motives and the people he considered friends are deserting him one by one.

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Boasting a terrific cast, led by the always-watchable Woody Harrelson, Paul Schrader’s The Walker is an entertaining drama that was overlooked by many in cinemas, but is worth taking for a spin on DVD.

The Walker sees Harrelson starring as Carter Page III, a man whose job it is to escort the wives of powerful men to the events that their husbands, for whatever reason, cannot take them to. And it’s all looking like a good life, until a murder derails everything. Page agrees to help cover things up, which naturally spins out a web of events that tests both his conflicting loyalty, and his honesty.

It’s the kind of set-up that in lesser hands could have amounted to very little, but The Walker has Paul Schrader behind the camera. It’s effectively the third in a loose trilogy of films he’s made (the companion pieces being Light Sleeper and American Gigolo), and his steady hand delivers a intriguing and very watchable drama.

Schrader is, of course, able to attract quite a cast, and the call sheet serves The Walker well. Harrelson is in fine form in the best role he’s had in some time, while the supporting cast of Lauren Bacall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily Tomlin and Willem Dafoe add a stature and magnitude to the film.

The result is a quality drama, very well acted and tightly put together. Thus, even if you missed The Walker during its brief theatrical run, there’s little reason not to pick it up now. Good stuff. --Jon Foster

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Adele Miasma on 6 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
I started disliking the Woody Harrelson character intensley and then I got gripped; this is subtle rivetting stuff; what shone through for me was the integrity of the character drawn... not a feature much highlighted in modern society.
'Hush', he says, 'do you hear that? just the sound of doors closing'.
He loses everything but walks away a giant.
A stella supporting cast and an oscar deserving performance from Mr H
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 July 2013
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This literary and literate film will appeal to a very limited audience - hence its straight to video release. For those who enjoy beautifully written scripts of a Jamesean sophistication and finely toned and nuanced performances - the movie provides these qualities in abundance. I found its witty and self-conscious theatricality - and the bleakness of its sub-text - totally enthralling and could not fault any aspect. The acting, direction, design, score and extras were to me a total joy! However it's definitely not a film for everyone. Those who do not enjoy the slow moving and resonant writings of Edith Wharton, Henry James and their kith and kin - keep away - this movie is not for you. For those who do - give it a try - I suspect you will not be disappointed. Harrelson is a revelation - and the supporting cast consummate professionals - in this complex examination of both a fascinating individual's psyche and his deceptive milieu. Paul Schrader, its magisterial director, described "The Walker" as " "American Gigolo" comes out" - a perfect summary that says it all.
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By clare on 28 July 2013
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I saw part of this film on TV, but was unable to see the end, so bought it. It was good to see Woody Harrelson playing someone so different to his usual roles. He was very very good indeed. The film is very dense though, and every word and look is significant. This is good, but have your brainy brains in when watching.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Jun. 2008
Format: DVD
"In the end, all you have is your breeding. It's all that separates `them' from `us,'" says Natalie Van Miter, rich, aging doyen of Washington high society.

"My great-grandfather got rich off slavery," says languid, gay, agreeable Carter Page III, escort for powerful women in the nation's capital, who is beginning to have second thoughts, thanks to a murder, about his life. "When the Yankees took that away, my grandfather made his money raisin' tobacco. I don't have any breeding."

"If your great-grandfather were alive today, he'd fit right in," says Natalie, with an affectionate squeeze to Carter's arm.

Car (Woody Harrelson), as his lady friends call him, always meets them for weekly Canasta games at an exclusive Washington club. They dish the gossip about everything and everyone, except about themselves. There's Natalie (Lauren Bacall), acerbic with a smile; Abigail Delorean (Lily Tomlin) the vice president's wife and no fool; and Lynn Lockner (Kristin Scott Thomas), unhappy wife of Senator Larry Lockner, the Senate's minority leader. They all adore Car, who dishes with the best of them. And Car adores them. He's a "walker," an unthreatening, well-bred man who takes wealthy women from place to place when their powerful husbands don't want to go.

Car even escorts Lynn Lockner to her secret weekly assignations with a lover, waiting in the car for her to return an hour or so later. This time, however, Lynn returns in minutes. She found her lover, a financial wheeler-dealer who had been scheduled to testify before a Senate committee, sprawled dead in the man's living room, stab wounds in his chest and, well, lower down.
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By Mag on 12 Jan. 2013
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I already saw it 3 times. Everything is perfect. The direction is perfect. The cast is magnificent. The plot is perfect. Costumes perfect (the understate upper class). The interiors. The music. And the cat. Wach it.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By technoguy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
Woody Harrelson says he is not naive but superficial in the character of Carter Paigelll,the homosexual escort of society women whose husbands are in politics.And as Pope said of women mostly,'they have no character at all' we could apply this description to Carter. He provides the chance for his lady friends to indulge in gossip and witty bitching once a week over canasta.The exteriors and surface textures are emphasised and his beautiful apartment sanctum.Harrelson has
crafted a courteous, southern,gentlemanly, grace of manner.He has a private lover who does risque photos based on Abu Graib and he stays near Carter hoping he gets him a gallery space.Carter is immaculately turned out as Gere was in American Gigolo and cultivates his garb anally.He covers for Lynn(Scott Thomas) who comes upon the murder of her escort lover and takes the flak from the Feds and Washington.He is dropped like a hot potato by his 'society' friends.He is catigated as being unworthy of his father,a wealthy democrat,who baited Nixon.
However,The Walker" is a quietly enthralling film because it contains the murder and the investigation within Carter's smooth calm.Under stress he becomes a loyal friend and detaches himself from the paranoid hypocrises of the political elite. Although the film is not as political as it thinks it is, the performance of Harrelson, pitched somewhere between Marlon Brando and Truman Capote, is an exquisite pleasure to behold.This is a minor film but far better than the majority of films released in a year.
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