Can You Dig It?!!?, Part 7: “Extreme Prejudice” (1987) Can You Dig It?!!?, Part 7: “Extreme Prejudice” (1987)
IAB continues his Walter Hill-series with this very overlooked 1987 film. Can You Dig It?!!?, Part 7: “Extreme Prejudice” (1987)

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Extreme Prejudice (1987)
Director: Walter Hill
Screenplay: Deric Washburn, Harry Kleiner (from a story by John Milus, Fred Rexer)

Walter Hill’s filmography in the early-to-mid 80’s can be seen as a bit of a mish-mash of various genres; from the western “The Long Riders“(1980), cajun survival-actioner “Southern Comfort“(1981), massive box-office hit – the buddy-action comedy “48 Hrs.“(1982), rock’n’ roll-fable “Streets of Fire“(1984), a Richard Pryor-comedy(?) “Brewster’s Millions“(1985) and a coming-of-age music drama “Crossroads“(1986). The last two on that list especially were some pretty remarkable attempts from Hill to try and work in a completely different genre. “Brewster’s Millions” was a box-office hit(Pryor was still a massive star at that time), but “Crossroads” tanked at the box-office.

It was probably due time to go back to basics, back to what Hill was most familiar with; Western-styled action. “Extreme Prejudice” was a story that John Milius was originally developing in 1976 for himself to direct. He described it (at the time) as “very complicated…a modern-day story about subversion and espionage.” The project never made it to the filming stage, though, and Milius ended up directing “Big Wednesday” instead. Decade later, Hill resurrected the project with screenwriter Harry Kleiner (who he had met while being an assistant director on “Bullitt“), molding it more closer to his own sensibilities. The project also got a major backer in Mario Kassar & Andy Vajna’s Carolco Pictures, which was on a major rise because of the huge success of the Sylvester Stallone-starring “First Blood” and it’s sequel “Rambo: First Blood Part II“. (The rise and fall of Carolco might actually be a good subject for an article for someone to write one of these days, but that another story)

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Sheriff Hank Pearson: Morning.
Jack Benteen: [snaps] What’s good about it!?
Sheriff Hank Pearson: Well hell, I said “morning.” I didn’t say “good morning.”

THE FILM:

Texas Ranger Jack Benteen(Nick Nolte), working from the office of Sheriff Hank Pearson(Rip Torn), is trying to keep his little Texas border town clean from drugs. These drugs are supplied from south of the border by a notorious drug kingpin Cash Bailey(Powers Boothe). Complicating things, Jack and Cash are also old friends, known each other since childhood and finally ended up in the opposite sides of the law – and on opposite sides of the border river, too. Complicating things even more, Jack is also living with Sarita(Maria Conchita Alonso) – a club singer and a former girlfriend of Cash’s. The tensions between the two men are slowly building up – as is the body count in the town – and as Jack keeps ignoring Cash’s constant attempts of bribery, the two men have come to the conclusion that the next time they will come head-to-head “there will probably be a killing“.

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Sheriff Hank Pearson: You ain’t just gonna walk in there, are ya’?
Jack Benteen: Oh, hell, I’ve known Chub since the third grade. You were just telling me what a nice kid he used to be.
I’m just gonna go in there and have a beer with him.

Sheriff Hank Pearson: Shit, sounds reasonable. Just sit down, talk to him about how you shot his brother night before last.


Meanwhile, a top-secret military unit – “Zombie Unit” – composed of highly-skilled soldiers who are all reported Killed in Action to maintain their cover-story, arrives to town. The unit is led by Major Paul Hackett(Michael Ironside) and consists of Master Sergeant Larry McRose(Clancy Brown), Sergeant Buckman Atwater(William Forsythe), Staff Sergeant Declan Coker(Matt Mulhern), Sergeant Luther Fry(Dan Tullis Jr.) and Sergeant Charles Biddle(Larry B. Scott). The unit is in town on a DEA-sanctioned covert mission to retrieve evidence of Bailey’s operations and bring him in – or terminate him. As it turns out, Cash WAS on the right side of the law once upon a time; he was a highly-regarded DEA informant who finally decided to go dark and used his contacts to create his drug empire.

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Cash Bailey: It’s a damn nice country here, I like it.
A man can get away with anything, long as he just keeps paying his friends.

 

As the Zombie Unit orchestrates a big daytime heist in the local bank as they attempt to get whatever is inside Cash’s safety deposit box, some of the team get caught by Benteen, who is hell-bent on revenge after his friend Sheriff Pearson has been killed by some of Cash’s thugs and Sarita has ran across the border with Cash. Benteen and the Zombie Unit make an alliance and all the men travel to the Mexican town where Bailey’s heavily fortified hacienda, guarded by a small army, is located. There will probably be a killing…or few.

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Jack Benteen: Once I see that Sarita’s okay, we’ll settle up.
Cash Bailey: Why sure, that’s only fair. What the hell.
You think I want you worried about her when you ought to be concentratin’ on killing me?


CONCLUSION:

Extreme Prejudice” is a strange and quite often overlooked film in Hill’s filmography. It’s a genuine hybrid; on the other hand it’s a full-on Peckinpahian western, set on the border of Texas and Mexico, with your usual yin/yang hero and villain. But then again, it also brings in the element of a “Men on a Mission“-picture, with the sort of a dirty half-dozen of trained soldiers who operate under the radar and above the law. I mean – their introductory scene in the beginning of the film could very well be from “A-Team” – which I don’t think is accidental; it’s very likely Hill just paying homage to that show and acknowledging his debt to it here. So if one would try to make a one-sentence pitch of this film, it would be “The A-Team enters a Peckinpah-Western with a slice of ‘Walker: Texas Ranger’ added on the side.” I know it sounds pretty crazy when read like that, but it actually ends up working pretty damn well.

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Cash Bailey: Oh, Jack boy, you’ve no idea how good it is to see you! These people here, I’m telling you, they can’t follow old Cash in a verbal sphere at all. When I’m flying, son, it is solo. And you know that feeling when you’re talking along and you pause for a minute, maybe freshen your bourbon, do up the fly or something, you look around real careful and you know in your heart it’s all just wasted.
Ain’t nobody understands where you’re at, all your private jokes and subtle conversations just sailing right past them.
Jack Benteen: You know me, Cash. I keep the conversation simple.
Cash Bailey: [laughs] The hell you do, Jack.


I think it was kinda destined, that Walter Hill and John Milius crossed paths at some point. Hill’s flair for portrayals of Manly Men doing tough-guy talk and doing manly man-stuff is kinda very close to Milius’ way of portraying his heroes as Nietchzean Uber-men and focusing on their macho rituals. And make no mistake: even though Milius only gets a story-credit in this film, his fingerprints are all over the story. From the high-tech weaponry and reconnaisansce-gear of the Zombie Unit to Rip Torn’s Sheriff Pearson spouting all kinds of right-wing dialogue. And even Cash’s introductory scene of him holding a scorpion in his hand before squeezing it into his fist. It’s all pure Milius. And of course Milius worked with Hill again when he wrote the script for Hill’s “Geronimo: An american Legend“, 6 years later.

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Maj. Paul Hackett: [offering bottle] Scotch, single malt.
Jack Benteen: [waving it off] No thank you.
Maj. Paul Hackett: What, you don’t drink whiskey?
Jack Benteen: I’m particular who I drink with.
Maj. Paul Hackett: I don’t believe that, Benteen. I think you’re just naturally hostile.


Now – I’ve mentioned Peckinpah a few times in this article already… Hill of course worked with him before, writing the script for “The Getaway“, and as I said in an earlier article – the mid-act bank robbery and following mayhem-sequence in “The Long Riders” was pretty obviously homage-ing the opening sequence of “The Wild Bunch“. But in this film, Hill – in his own words – “tipped his hat to Sam a little bit” on several occasions. Let’s start with Nick Nolte’s character: his tall, thin(Nolte has shed a LOT of weight compared to his earlier Hill-film, “48 Hrs.”) frame with the pencil-thin mustache is almost like a spitting image of William Holden’s Pike Bishop from “The Wild Bunch“(although Nolte said that the character is largely based in a real-life Texas Ranger named Joaquin Jackson). Secondly, the bank heist-scene and the “creating a diversion via a huge explosion” is pretty much lifted from the horse track-heist in “The Getaway“. And finally, the last battle-scene at Bailey’s Mexican hideout is pretty much a modernized version of the final action sequence in the end of “The Wild Bunch” – all the way down to quite a few similar angles and shots and of course a few team-members mowing down an ungodly amount of mexican banditos with large caliber machine-guns.

And the sequence is not just filmed and edited in a similar manner; the production design, the casting of extras, their clothing… It’s almost as if when the guys traveled over the border, they also traveled back in time – into the times of when Peckinpah’s film was set. It you took out the modern clothes and the modern weapons, the two sequences from the two films could almost be cut from the same mold. This is pretty much the last time that Hill pays this clear an homage to Bloody Sam, so I guess he wanted to go all-out on this one.

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Sgt. Buck Atwater: You know what I think, man? I think we’re heroes and heroes need a cause, man.
Only nowadays everything’s so damn messed up. Ain’t nobody can see anything clear anymore.
So I support my country, man, that’s what I got. I got my country and I got my buddies and that’s it.
I don’t ask no questions.

Jerry Goldsmith scored the film – with Hill’s regular contributor Ry Cooder writing the songs(of which Alonso really sings a few) – and at this point in his career Goldsmith was using a LOT of electronics in his scores(such as “Rambo: First Blood Part II”, “Explorers” and “Runaway”) and from what I’ve read, the film score enthusiasts do not hold these works in such high regard. I say: bullshit. I’m known to be a massive fan of the 80’s synth sound – and I think the music in this film happens to kick some serious ass. Why should all the Westerns be scored with horns and guitars alone? And you DO get those in this film too – the musical approach is just a tad more quirkier.

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The cast in the film is almost like a “who-is-who” of character actors who are best known from doing action films. Nolte is stern as hell as the hero, Boothe is brilliant as the unpredictable and impulsive villain – and with his white suit and constant coke-snorting, Cash is very clearly trying to model himself as a kind of south-of-the-border Tony Montana. Who knows: maybe watching “Scarface” made Cash finally take that final step and go bad? Michael Ironside is all steely-eyed and business-like as he always is. I think the standouts in the military unit are Clancy Brown(just coming off “Highlander”) who is kind of the voice of reason in the team and William Forsythe who is kinda the “mad dog” of the team, but each and every team-member gets his chance to shine. If there is a minor quabble in the film, it’s Alonso’s Sarita – whose motivations and allegiances kind of jump all over the place. That might be due to just the screenwriters forgetting to flesh out her part, or the fact that she’s kind of squeezed in the middle of this otherwise all male-cast that’s out-acting each other and oozing testosterone through the screen almost. But it also may be due to cuts; I understand that Hill – once again – edited this film from an inch of it’s life after a few previews and several sequences and subplots got cut out in the process; among them a funeral scene for Rip Torn’s character of which there are still images online and also a completely filmed part from Andrew Robinson, who played a contact/handler of Major Hackett. Who knows.

Extreme Prejudice” is as pure a product of the 80’s as there ever was. Hill and his usual crew have crafted a high-octane piece of entertainment, that takes it’s two very opposite style of genres and blends them together into a highly entertaining and – at times – gleefully bizarre mix, that’s got a bit of everything for everyone.

They don’t make ’em like they used to.

 

“Can You Dig It?!!?” will return.

Previous episodes:
1. “Streets of Fire”
2. “The Warriors”
3. “Last Man Standing”
4. “The Driver”
5. “The Long Riders”
6. “48 Hrs.”

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  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Nice. I love this film.

  • Stalkeye

    “(The rise and fall of Carolco might actually be a good subject for an article for someone to write one of these days, but that another story)” That would be a cool article indeed.

  • That would take some heavy-duty research though

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Grooooovy

  • Redmond Zissou

    One of the best titles ever.

  • Redmond Zissou

    Not counting the mezzanine.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Before I even read this I must say this film is so UNDERRATED that it is criminal. You aint getting a better cast, mang.

  • Truth

  • Tarmac492.1

    IAB, I would put this up there with To Live and Die in LA–another film from a big time director that is underrated.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Is the mainframe ready?

  • The Mainframe is running so goddamn many things at once. But I have put the idea in the memory banks

  • Well, that’s our duty: to bring these things back into the light

  • Tarmac492.1

    I think my mother hated Maria Conchita Alonso–considering all the nasty socks with my DNA encrusted on them that mom had to clean in celebration of MCA hotness quotient.

  • Tarmac492.1

    ” Can you dig it/”
    “Yes, I can.”
    “I’ve been waiting such a long time for……”

    What?? You dont like Chicago?

  • Tarmac492.1

    Great write up, mang!!! Powers Boothe–dude is BADASS, baby!! I also think that William Forsythe doesnt get the recognition he deserves for being a versatile actor who can play any type of role. Something he has proven in the last 30 years. Sure, he makes a lot of crappy stuff. In America, we call that earning a living, though.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Cant wait to you get to Johnny Handsome. I enjoyed that flick, as well.

  • We’ll see. It’s pretty obvious that I’m not going with a chronological order

  • Tarmac492.1

    I also never get tired of the old friends on the opposite sides of the law trope, as long as the person writing the dialogue can actually write dialogue. This trope probably happens in real life more than in film etc. Justified did this exceptionally well. With two exceptional actors, Olyphant and Goggins.

  • “Justified” is one of those shows I wanna binge when I finally have time after this X-Files business is over

  • KilliK

    they dont make such movies anymore.

  • KilliK

    love the scene where she is left with her bra.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Thankfully, she seemed to be in every movie in the 80’s.

  • I remember seeing the movie once long ago and not liking it, but the same happened with Johnny Handsome, which I dug a lot more the 2nd time around. So I might have to revisit this one.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    She can stick a battery up my ass anytime.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Walter Hill is underrated – one of the greats of the action/thriller genres, yet sadly almost forgotten about these days. I always wonder how Alien would have turned out if he’d directed it. Probably less artsy, but more gritty.

    Are you going to review Red Heat?

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Yes, Skynet is now self-aware. Do NOT turn it on.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    It would certainly be another opportunity for me to lament all that could have been. Stupid idiots they were.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Blame the SJWs. Hill and Millius would not fare well in today’s filmmaking climate at all.

  • KilliK

    unfortunately. did you read the news about Slave Leia?

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Yes. I’m still having trouble believing it. I had to check my calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1st.

  • Probably. I never really think this series ahead

  • KilliK

    Lucas changing the “Solo shot first” scene to make him less of an antihero, is nothing compared to the pussification and PC-cation which Disney will do to SW. The dark Empire is here.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Already there are idiots defending it, saying Leia as a slave was purely for male gratification and had no bearing on the plot.

    Yeah, I’m sure Jabba, a vile, amoral gangster who enjoyed humiliating his prisoners, would cover Leia up in a burka to protect her modesty, lol.

  • Bop

    I don’t remember anything from this movie anymore. Would need to check it again.And what an awesome cast. Forsythe, Brown, Lister, Ironside, Alonso….

  • Bop

    I hope you do. Red Heat is definitely my favorite Arnie movie.

  • Bop

    I have been so busy with shit that I am still stuck at season 2. I need to go into exile for a week and finish that show.

  • S_D_M_F

    Wow! I had completely forgotten this movie. Thank you for the article, sir! Going to find it either streaming or cheap on used dvd now.

  • S_D_M_F

    Get to it. It remains great throughout.

  • Tarmac492.1

    I was so happy the final episode stayed true to itself and didn’t try too much and just did what it always did sort of.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Without doing any research I can assume they are going to cgi clothes onto her? Disgusting. Pc bed wetters win again.

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  • Tarmac492.1

    Red Heat is Underrated. Saw that shit in the theater. Either that or Predator was the first of a string of Ahnuld movies my friends and I always saw in a big group.

  • Tarmac492.1

    I wonder if Andrew Vajna’s last name caused him issues on the playground growing up?

  • I watched the film after you mentioned it. Great!
    Rip Torn is one of my favs. The scenes near the end reminded me of the Clint westerns.
    Sad that Rip Torn was out so early.

  • Phillyflopper

    I love, love, love this movie. It is criminally underrated and it’s a shame there hasn’t been a proper widescreen release (at least here in the states), at least last I checked.

    One film I enjoy, even though it’s very flawed when you look too closely is Let’s Get Harry. I watched that film ad naseum as a kid and have recently managed to catch it and have found myself watching a few times. One of my favorite lines from Mr. Busey is:

    “Little creep, I’ll have you on a stick!”. xD

  • Phillyflopper

    That movie has good old fashioned 80s bravado. It’s hard to explain. But it just pulls you in with all its might. Then again, I watched this film as much as a kid growing up. And although I’ve never seen The Wild Bunch and don’t know the parallels very well. I simply think they got a great cast together. Nearly everyone works. Even that guy that ended up playing that recurring cop on Married With Children.

    As much as people name drop much of the big 80s action. Even much of the Cannon fair. I’m surprised that this film hasn’t found even more audiences over the years.

  • Yeah, I noticed that the US dvd is fullscreen. We actually got a proper widescreen Bluray here.

  • I saw Let’s Het Harry on TV a couple years ago. I quite enjoyed it.

  • Phillyflopper

    I saw that there was an apparent widescreen release overseas that was blu-ray/dvd combo. But I haven’t bothered to look into what I’d have to do to make it playable here in the states. Plus, I don’t understand why they would butcher this film as a “foolscreen” only release. This film was made for the widescreen medium.

    This is almost as criminal as Universal never releasing the rest of Exo Squad on dvd.

  • Phillyflopper

    I agree, going from Raising Arizona to this film (or vice versa) in 1987 was quite the contrast. Hell, even his role in Cloak And Dagger was different.

  • Phillyflopper

    My mom just thought that she was in film because she was screwing her way in.

  • Phillyflopper

    She was the 80s version of Charro? xD

  • Phillyflopper

    I owned that movie for years, and had watched it in pieces prior to that. But I think last year, I finally fired it up and thought it was a great film. One of the best car chases I can remember seeing. The film is a bit all over the place, but considering how much more other films get cult status. I’m surprised this film hasn’t also garnered a bit more attention.

    I like the film, but if I had to choose between that film or Extreme Prejudice, EP wins extremely. xD

  • Phillyflopper

    I usually dislike the word “Extreme” because of all that “EXTREME” this and that in the early aughts. But this movie will get a pass with a drink on me for its usage. xD

  • Phillyflopper

    On a different note, I think George Kennedy and Wilford Brimley should do a buddy cop motion picture.

    Kennedy/Brimley 2016

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  • Bop

    Very underrated movie indeed. And I love the bus scene.

  • This decision has all to do with their progressive stance on equality and nothing with a twisted bigoted relation to sexuality.

  • Zed

    Apparently Fisher is ok with it, and advised Daisy Ridley to avoid becoming a sex symbol. Easily the worst career advice you can give a young woman in show business. The old bird must be going senile.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Johnny Handsome is good.

  • Tarmac492.1

    There cant be too much wrong with dudes drooling over you if you are an actress. Hides a lot of acting weaknesses if you have any.

  • Zed

    And it more than doubles their shelf life. Ladies like Jolie, Kidman and Janssen would be long gone by now if they hadn’t emphasized their sex appeal early on.

  • Dr. Geiszler, Kaijuologist

    Please tell me this is on Netflix.

  • Dr. Geiszler, Kaijuologist

    I love Red Heat! The only time I think Jim Belushi is legit funny.

  • Tarmac492.1

    I always thought Belushi was a decent dramatic actor, as well. He should do more of that. Even the Principal, with it’s 80’s cheeziness and surprising brutality, he showed he had some chops.

  • I have no idea. I don’t have Netflix

  • Dr. Geiszler, Kaijuologist

    I really gotta see this movie now.

  • Dr. Geiszler, Kaijuologist

    I need to see The Principal again. I remember it being really badass.

  • Oh man, the Principal…talk about a blast from the past. Belushi driving up the stairs with a Harley.

  • Bop

    I totally forgot that movie. I should watch it again.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Red Heat and Raw Deal were my least favorite Arnie movies when I was younger, as I thought the premise of each was too “ordinary” for his larger than life appeal. But, as time’s gone on, I’ve grown to appreciate them more. Mainly, because those types of movies are no longer made, and also because the low-tech, grounded approach to action is a refreshing antidote to all the OTT cape stuff currently going on in cinema. So I’ve a newfound nostalgic fondness for both.

  • Bop

    I need to see it again too.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Of course, of course…the Mouse House was never, ever a conservative, socially puritanical entity…*ahem*

  • Tarmac492.1

    I thought Raw Deal was pretty good. Plot, locale and such it was almost like an early Seagal flick without the now bloated piece of shit. You make a good point about the “ordinary” premise, as well. I think after Terminator everyone wanted Arnie in a sci-fi type flick or kill em all B flick like Commando. If I remember correctly Raw Deal and Red Heat were not hits.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Rae Dawn Chong hotness.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Louis Gossett Jr!!!

  • so petite

  • Tarmac492.1

    She seemed to be in all the movies that Maria Conchita Alonso wasnt in!!

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Raw Deal was only made because Arnold had to do one more movie to fulfill his contract with Dino De Laurentiis. I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out to be some old script, originally intended for Charles Bronson or the like, that was dusted off and Arnie quickly shunted into the main role. It had a noticeably lower budget feel than his usual stuff of the period. Almost shot like a TV movie in places.

  • Phillyflopper

    It’s still good. It gets a lot of flak because of the whole Alan Smithee director credit and I’ve often hear folks online say how it was just terrible and doesn’t deserve much recognition. Considering that folks enjoy much of the Cannon fare (Myself included). I think this film should be embraced. As it has a great cast, a decent journey and although the story is simple, this is one of those films where I think it’s great seeing the journey as a whole. It’s nothing Oscar worthy, but considering much of the films that were out at the time, this is a decent watch. Plus, I think Robert Duvall turns in a pretty decent performance, as well as Gary Busey. The guy from Sixteen Candles is kind of the weak spot with the acting, and Rick Rossovich kinda makes you want to just smack his character around. But nevertheless, if you like 80s action, this is a must see.

  • Phillyflopper

    I haven’t seen that movie in a long time. But I’ve had trouble warming up to it. I’m not too sure why. That one and Raw Deal are the films of Schwarzenegger that I never sought out or tried to get into back in the day.

    If you want to get technical, I’ve never seen Junior too. xD

  • Phillyflopper

    I mostly have a soft spot for Hard To Kill when it comes to his films. But I think everything produced after Under Siege 2 was just unwatchable to me (I know many don’t like Under Siege 2, but I can still enjoy it for mindless entertainment. Although it is a strange film at times). The same with Arnold, most everything after Eraser is when things just went to shit.

    Eraser is a film that I think often gets more underrated treatment over time. Or perhaps it’s just me.

  • Phillyflopper

    “He’s the Principal, man!!!” xD

  • Phillyflopper

    Who will fill in the “80s version of Charro” here? Hmm…xD

  • Phillyflopper

    Chappy!!!

  • The pepper spray scene in Under Siege 2 is hilarious.
    Arnold’s downfall had a short breakout moment after Eraser with End of Days, if only for unintentional hilarity.

  • Phillyflopper

    I never did get around to Johnny Handsome. I remember hearing good things about it. But I just never sought it out.

    On a different note, I also have a soft spot for King Of New York. Even though characters fade in and out without any explanation and the story doesn’t make sense when you think about it (at least the whole returning to his old crew…which happened to mostly not be very old).

    I think the biggest thing about this movie is Larry Fishburne’s performance. And the gangland shootout by the bridge. I think if it wasn’t for those two factors, this movie would be very, very hard to re-watch now.

  • I found Johnny Handsome to be far too mundane the first time around. Second time I noticed it had great visuals.
    I dig King of NY a lot as well. It’s like a B-movie deluxe.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    “If you want to get technical, I’ve never seen Junior too. xD”

    You’re missing out on the best in life, then.

  • Phillyflopper

    All I remember about End Of Days is Satan getting with Mom and daughter, Arnold’s “Fuck you, Satan!!!” line and that other chica uttering “Cholo”. Which was a first hearing that in a non gang film (at least that I remember).

  • Phillyflopper

    “What the fuck is this?”

    “They’re tampons for all the bullet holes!!!” xD

  • He also shoots his friend into the arm to check if he is not a vision created by Satan.

  • Phillyflopper

    See, I don’t remember that. I do remember busting up in the theaters when Satan kept chasing in the subway. I was riffing it hard. And I remember that Guns N Roses song being a big deal for people at the time.

  • Hahah – it’s actually in the Internet Archive:

    https://archive.org/details/LetsGetHarry

  • Phillyflopper

    That’s where I found it. xD

  • Phillyflopper

    I seriously would like to own this film (even considered if they did a manufacture on demand). But I think Amazon carries it as streaming only. Which I’m not a fan of paying 15 bucks for a stream only film. I want to physically own a classic (to me) like this.

    I waited a long time to get The Legend Of Billie Jean, and once it came out on Blu for 5.19 on Amazon. I bought that right up.

  • Screenplay by Samuel Fuller!!??!
    I totally forgot this

  • Phillyflopper

    I’m not actually familiar with his name. I quickly looked him up. But his name hasn’t come across my radar prior to now.

  • Just one of those bizarre facts I like to store in my memory

  • Phillyflopper

    Just like my young mind wondering why I was always seeing Alan Smithee credits as a kid and wondering why he never seemed to be on TV much. It’s like he was Terrence Malick or something. xD

  • That guy sure had a hand in a lot of different genres

  • Tarmac492.1

    i think Out for Justice is my fave. i like Under Siege 2

  • Phillyflopper

    Oh wait, Samuel Fuller directed The Big Red One? I know that film. I never paid much attention to the director though.

  • Phillyflopper

    I liked Out For Justice. But I can’t remember much quotes like I do some of the other Seagal fare.

    Speaking of 1991, and talk of forgotten action. I’ve always liked Stone Cold. Even though it had a very goofy premise. And the action was just palm faced silly. But there was just something enjoyable about watching that train wreck. Plus it also had William Forsythe and Lance Henriksen.

  • Isn’t the best in life crushing your enemies…ah you know.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Stone Cold is great!! the Bozz. Lol!!

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    No, that pales in comparison to the joys of watching Arnold dressed as the world’s ugliest woman and running about with a swollen prosthetic belly.

  • KilliK

    yep, and the movie seems to have a bit of Terminator 1 allusion in it, like this scene:

    still, I ll get this movie over the garbage that passes as action nowadays.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    The shootout at the end is sort of filmed like the T-800’s assault on the police station, too.

  • KilliK

    yep.

  • KilliK

    dude, I was listening to a podcast from one of the geek sites a few days ago, and they were praising Abrams for turning DS into a planet and were calling him a genius, yes a genius that was the word they used, for having such an idea because this way the DS was looking more threatening than ever.

    Retardation in geekland has reached new heights and in December we are going to listen more statements of such absurdity.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Big Red One is excellent. ” I AM LIKE YOU!! I AM SANE!!”””

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Don’t know what to say in response to this. I am fucking speechless. It’s only going to get worse, too.

    JJ’s ideas are the kind kids come up with when “playing” Star Wars. If that’s what passes for “genius” these days…Jesus. We’re living in truly debased, ignorant times.

  • I like the title of this movie. It’s quite badass sounding.

  • It is a very good cast.

  • All you need to do is watch SALVADOR to know for sure he is a very good dramatic actor.

  • Sagamanus

    I have not seen this film. But from what I’ve observed it seems like Hill’s films seed the rungs of other supporting casts or they can’t escape their typecasting. Benteen is a strange name as well. I know it from coming across it from a civil war reading. I think he was a general. I also recall it being used in a Twilight Zone episode for a guy who tried getting his stranded people off a planet. But when he saw that he was losing power he tried to convince everyone to stay. It’s also popped up elsewhere and it’s like I start flashing whenever I hear it.

    Great article as always IAB.

  • Sagamanus

    Lol. Alright then.

  • Sagamanus

    Good use of a Stones song.

  • I_am_better

    Gracias