The Walter Hill Collection [DVD]
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Six films from the acclaimed director. In 'The Warriors' (1979), after a city-wide gang meeting, a downtown New York gang called the Warriors is forced to make its way back across enemy territory after being framed for the killing of a rival unit's leader. Unarmed and desperate, the Warriors come up against one hostile gang after another as they fight their way back through the city streets to the one place where they will be safe. In 'Southern Comfort' (1981), while on an exercise in Louisiana, a group of National Guard members steals some canoes from the local Cajuns. Pursued by the angry locals, one of the men decides to fire at them, albeit with blanks. The Cajuns respond with real bullets, killing the team's commander, Poole (Peter Coyote). The men, none of whom are real soldiers, are now forced to fight for their lives. In 'Johnny Handsome' (1989), severely-deformed petty criminal Johnny Handsome (Mickey Rourke) is double-crossed in a robbery and left to take the rap on his own. He is stabbed in jail and sent to hospital, where a prison doctor decides that plastic surgery and a fresh start will lead Johnny on the path to reform. However, when the handsome new Johnny emerges from prison, his potential fresh start in life is hampered by his desire to get even with the man who put him away. 'Extreme Prejudice' (1987) stars Nick Nolte as tough, no-nonsense Texas ranger Jack Benteen, whose childhood friend Cash (Powers Boothe) is now a ruthless drugs baron on the other side of the border. Jack finds himself recruited by the CIA to eliminate Cash, who allegedly has secret government documents. 'The Long Riders' (1980) is Hill's version of the story of the James-Younger gang. Held as heroes by many, and much celebrated for its attacks upon the railroad, the gang became the most famous band of outlaws in the country. They were eventually brought to ruin by the Pinkerton detective agency, losing many of their number in the ill-fated Northfield, Minnesota bank raid. In 'The Driver' (1978), Ryan O'Neal plays the Driver, an ice-cool getaway ace whose skills are for hire. Bruce Dern is the detective who becomes obsessed with catching him. The more O'Neal leaves tantalising clues at the crime scenes, the more Dern becomes a man obsessed with catching his prey.
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Cons: no subtitles with the exception of Johnny Handsome. If you don't speak good english don't buy.
Poor sound quality in the flagship of this collection: Southern Confort.Being portuguese and without subtitles I missed half of the dialog.
Good value for the money considering Johnny Handsome, Extreme Prejudice and the Long Riders.
Nevertheless I'd buy this collection even if knowing beforehand the mentioned cons.
I haven't seen all of them in the set yet, but the one's I have seen are pretty good. I don't have a favourite, I guess I like them all about the same.
Just buy the set, you won't be disappointed...well maybe you will, I can't control that!
This terrific collection Packs some great Walter Hill movies--The Warriors(I think his 1st movie I saw), Southern Comfort, The driver, Johnny Handsome The Long riders, Extreme Prejudice(his second teaming with Nick Nolte).
Hill's often sparse and economical movies are laced with an often nasty sense of humour, a "western" mentality, and very male environments.
He often uses the same people in his cast--David Patrick Kelly, Powers Boothe, Keith Carradine, Ed o'Ross, Brion James pop up regulalrly in his movies.
He was and is quite clearly influenced by Sam Peckinpah(The Wild Bunch).
If you like economical, violent and classic movies treat yourself to these..These Movies are highly entertaining
Recently I watched the movie again, and once i got passed the 1980's feel (e.g. the ost by Jerry Goldsmith) i actually enjoyed it alot.
Once upon a time in a Hollywood long since forgotten, Nick Nolte was a hard-edged, bankable leading man. Pair him with the always entertaining directing guru Walter Hill (The Warriors) and you've got just a mean film. Underrated but good because Nolte nails the whole Texas Ranger schtick well. A decent plot with some good bloody violence. You can also never go wrong with Latina eye candy Maria Conchita Alonso as your female lead
The dialogue makes this movie ("So long as I have a face, you have somewhere to sit, lady")
Nick Nolte and Maria Conchita Alonso look stunning, and both deliver fine performances.
Extreme Prejudice is my favourite modern day western!
"Hell, you can buy me Cash Bailey (POWERS BOOTHE), you always could. But you can't buy the badge, and one without the other ain't no damn good!"
Rip Torn - "The only time the Border Patrol wins hot pursuit is when they get laid. "