Before Rambo and Oliver North there was Walker. Walker, in which the life of a filibuster of Manifest Destiny is told, is more than an action movie. It is like a critic of US imperialism in Central America.
The director Alex Cox who is renowned for films like Repo Man and Walker has been blacklisted in America for his denial to be involved in the "American dream" or "fight for democracy". This puts a great deal of importance on the film for me. The film is shot in Nikaragua during the dirty war against Contras which are sponsored by the US against the democratically elected leftist government of Daniel Ortega and the Sandinistas.
Ed Harris portrays the maybe over-educated Walker trying to come to terms with the revolutionary period he finds himself born into.(During the shooting of film, on his insistence the whole crew took a forced march of 10 miles to feel & experience the hardships of the Walker's band) The railroad and waterways tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt is portrayed by the late Peter Boyle, magnificiently. After failing to annex a part of Mexico by his mercaneries, Walker accepts the invitation to end the civil war in Nikaragua for the benefit of US & Vanderbilt's interest. He conquers the country after a series of battles only to be routed in the end.
The film is a unique example of usage of anachroisms radically but very impressively. In one instance you see Walker showing himself on the cover of a TIME magazine, in another US Marines arrive to the scene via a helicopter saving the US citizens from the shootings. I strongly recommend the final closing credits of the film as they are of great historical value.
As a strong anti-imperialist film I am not suprised it has only grossed 250k in the US. After you have watched this well sewn together film of drama, satire, shocking naked truth and history, I bet you will not be sorry.