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4.0 out of 5 stars A film so tough, it could break your DVD player..., 6 Mar 2008
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Two plot strands run throughout this modern day western set on the Mexico/Texas border. The first is the conflict between childhood friends Jack Benteen (Nick Nolte) and Cash Bailey (Powers Boothe), now a Texas Ranger and Drug Kingpin respectively. The second is the planning and execution of a bank heist by a covert military team. Sounds cool right? It is.

Director Walter Hill is no stranger to finely crafted action, having cut his teeth as assistant director on 'Bullitt' and as screenwriter of 'The Getaway'. He has gone on to helm classics like 'Hard Times', 'The Warriors' and 'Southern Comfort'. He brings a grittiness to the film that other directors wouldn't have. You can really feel the opressive heat and grime of the border towns.

The cast assembled for 'Extreme Prejudice' is fantastic. Besides Nolte and Boothe there's Michael Ironside (Scanners/Total Recall/Starship Troopers), Clancy Brown (Highlander/The Shawshank Redemption) and William Forsythe (action movie fans will remember him as Richie from 'Out For Justice'). Everyone here is a tough guy. They all look like they shave with machetes and wash their armpits with brillo pads. Maria Conchita Alonso is the only notable female member of the cast but her character is basically used as a tool to play the men off against each other.

The film is rife with hard-boiled dialogue ("I don't give up my gun without somebody gettin' hurt") and brutal slow motion gun fights (Sam Peckinpah is obviously a huge influence on Walter Hill) but what sets 'Extreme Prejudice' apart from most other action films is the memorable characters and hardcore style. It's the kind of film they just don't make anymore. Any action fan should be proud to have this in their collection.
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Initial post: 22 Sep 2010 14:31:36 BDT
MFWolf says:
Hi H. Baker

Your reviews are great and I would like some advice on which movies are cut so I know which ones not to buy, however there seems to be no way to contact you other than leave a message on here.

This review is over 2 years old so Lord knows if you'll reply. I hope so.

M

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Mar 2011 20:25:33 GMT
H. Baker says:
Hi Martin
I've only just checked the comments on my reviews. Actually I only just realised it was possible to leave comments on reviews:)

I'll happily help you in any way I can and try to check back here more often.

With the advent of Blu-Ray, most movies seem to be making their way to our living rooms as complete versions, either because they've been resubmitted to the BBFC and passed uncut (most of the cut films are now considered tame by todays standards) or because an international unedited transfer has been used. Films like Cliffhanger, Lethal Weapon 2 and 4, Nico:Above The Law and many others are now fine. Some are still being neglected (Eraser springs to mind. Even after fifteen years we're still missing three minutes of action.) but Blu-Ray is still an emerging format and more titles will become available in time.

Things are heading in the right direction. Films are very rarely tampered with now.

H

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Mar 2011 17:03:57 GMT
MFWolf says:
Hi

Thanks for the reply, much appreciated.

Good to hear the movies aren't cut anymore. Such a relief as they can be spoiled if there are many cuts.

M

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2012 10:22:35 GMT
You can always check the Melonfarmers censor-watch website.. good for info on whats cut nowadays !
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