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Extreme Prejudice (1987)

Nick Nolte , Powers Boothe , Walter Hill  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe, Michael Ironside, Maria Conchita Alonso, Rip Torn
  • Directors: Walter Hill
  • Writers: Deric Washburn, Fred Rexer, Harry Kleiner, John Milius
  • Producers: Andrew G. Vajna, Buzz Feitshans, Mae Woods
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2001
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005A1SP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,438 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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"5 Star... Action Packed... Must Have Movie!" Nick Nolte Stars as Jack Benteen... a modern day, tough as they come Texas ranger who finds himself in a show down on both sides of the border that can only leave one man standing. Ranger Benteen matches his skill for survival against long time best friend turned drug smuggler, Cash Bailey (Powers Booth). In this mix is the woman they've both loved, played by Maria Conchita Alonzo,who moves back and forth between their lives and becomes the "prize" for the winner of their ultimate "to the death" meeting. While Benteen battles with drug runners, a squad of "deceased" U.S. military personnel with special skills (led by Michael Ironside) becomes involved in the plot when they come together for a mission... to take out Cash Bailey and his drug operation, as a matter of "national interest". This mission takes the military specialist... and Ranger Benteen across the border for an exciting, explosive ending that takes a twist and will bring you to the edge of your seat. This is a "must have" action flick of the best kind. Suspense and intrigue will grip you in this bullet flying, R- rated thriller!

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How Long Must We Wait??!! April 8, 2004
Format:DVD
Plenty of other reviews here give a synopsis of this story so I'll skip that part, and get to the "Oh how I love this movie" part.
I first saw this Walter Hill movie around '88, and only on VHS, and it has always been on my top 10 list. Back in the day's before Robert Rodriquez,and Q.T. And when those of us on the east coast had no access to Hong Kong Cinema, Walter Hill was a name action fans looked for, along with the better known names of stylized action, Sergio Leone, Sam Peckenpaugh,Richard Donner, and John McTiernen. All of these directors delivered lots of entertaining action,but for my money in the 80s Hill delivered big time with this modern day western.
Performances are strong and memorable. What scenery isnt destroyed by gun fire is chewed to pieces. Rip Torn, and Powers Booth create characters that are especially fun. Nick Nolte does a great job of playing a Texas Ranger, in a mythological kinda way.
The direction is sharp despite some minor plot holes, but of course the action sequences are steller.
Big question now is "How long must we wait for a good DVD version of this film?" Widescreen is a must.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Homage to Peckinpah? March 2, 2004
Format:DVD
"Extreme Prejudice" is one of those special films that should have worked like gangbusters with the action thriller crowd. Thanks to director Walter Hill (the same guy who later did "48 Hours"), this ultra violent shoot 'em up picture boasts an amazing cast, over the top performances, stark atmosphere, high testosterone, and lots of firepower all wrapped up in a style that would make Sam Peckinpah cry with joy. With all of the positives going for it the film failed to draw great box office receipts. Why? Several reasons, actually. As great as the pieces of "Extreme Prejudice" are independently, director Hill failed to integrate the parts into the sort of seamless whole film critics appreciate. Some movies wildly succeed despite traveling down a road pitted with plot holes. Others manage to just squeak by despite their difficulties, and this is the case with Hill's film. It doesn't quite have what it takes to become a cult classic, can't totally overcome its numerous failings, but this movie survives because it accomplishes exactly what it set out to do, namely entertain its target audience.
Texas Ranger Jack Benteen (Nick Nolte) is a cop's cop and a man's man. Working the beat down in on the Texas-Mexico border, Benteen regularly puts his man down when the time comes for killing. Often operating in tandem with feisty and foul-mouthed local sheriff Hank Pearson, Benteen's biggest problem in the heat blasted climes of Southern Texas is curbing narcotics trafficking.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not great art, but terrific craft August 24, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
With films like The Warriors and Hard Times to his credit, I'll always give Walter Hill the benefit of a doubt, and with Extreme Prejudice it wasn't difficult. He takes the well-worn plot of two boyhood buddies who end up on opposite sides of the law and throws in a few twists, some very good performances and some down-and-dirty directing to make this outing better than it should have been. The story takes place in a Texas town that borders Mexico where the local sheriff (played well by Nick Nolte) is trying to stop the over-the-border drug trafficing by his old buddy (played by Powers Booth in one of his better performances). Matters are complicated first by the fact that they share a love for the same woman, and second by the fact that there is an army colonel in town (played by Michael 'I never turned down a script in my life' Ironside) leading a troop of "dead" soldiers who are supposed to be trying to nail the local bank for drug money laundering, but are actually hiding another agenda. There are some obligatory scenes of tough-guy stuff and nifty, well directed shoot-outs but the various plot elements never let things drag. The action moves so well you can set your watch by it. Hill knows how to set up his shots, and his editor must have had a great time pasting it all together because it moves as smooth as silk. The proceedings are helped by some excellent support acting by the likes of Clancy Brown and William Forsythe et al. Some could easily complain that the final mayhem was lifted right out of "The Wild Bunch" and they'd be right. Hill doesn't do much more than throw in a few more pounds of grime, sweat and blood, but I didn't care one bit. This scene is choreographed as well as any I've ever seen and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Read more ›
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EXTREME NOLTE February 5, 2003
Format:DVD
THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW 'NOLTE' FLICKS I CAN RECOMMEND. HE IS A GOOD ENOUGH ACTOR, BUT HE USUALLY PLAYS MENTALLY UNSTRUNG DRUNKS.
BUT IN THIS ONE WHICH IS STRICTLY ACTION FARE, HE PLAYS STRAIGHT AS AN OLD SCHOOL RANGER COMMITTED TO HIS CODE.
NOT FACT, BUT A LONG WAY FROM PURE FICTION LIKE T.V.S 'WALKER'
NOLTE IS JACK BENTEEN PITTED AGAINST HIS ONE TIME BUDDY CASH BAILEY (POWERS BOOTH) THE ACROSS THE RIVER DRUG LORD WHO IS POLLUTING THE RANGERS JURISDICTION WITH DRUGS AND KILLING FOLKS IN THE PROCESS.
BENTEEN GIVES HIS OLD COMPADRE 'HEADS UP' BUT THE GOON IS "IN TOO DEEP."
SOME FREE LANCE MILITARY SPOOKS GET IN THE THICK OF THINGS AND THE ACTION HEATS UP.
THERE ARE SOME VERY PECKINPAH TYPE BALLETIC SHOOTOUTS AND THE SCORE IS PACED RIGHT.
NOLTES FLAME, MARIA CONCHITA ALONSO IS PERPLEXED BY WHICH MAN SHE WANTS AND CHOOSES CASH SEEMINGLY IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE THE LAWMAN JEALOUS. THE PLAN WORKS AND THE RANGER CROSSES THE BORDER TO RECLAIM THE GIRL AND FINISH OFF HIS ONE TIME BUDDY TURNED BAD. LET THE SHOWDOWN BEGIN!
REAL LIFE RETIRED RANGER JAQUIN JACKSON WAS THE TECH ADVISOR ON THIS FLICK AND HIS REAL LIFE PERSONA WAS THE INSPIRATION
FOR NOLTES CHARACTER, RIGHT DOWN TO THE COLT COMBAT COMMANDER 1911 COCKED AND LOCKED WITH STAGHORN GRIPS.
THERE IS NOTHING DEEP ABOUT THIS FILM BUT IT WORKS WELL ON A BASIC LEVEL.
RIP TORNS COUNTY SHERIFF STEALS THE SHOW IN THIS ONE.
IT IS BASICLY A CONTEMPORARY SET WESTERN.
AS USUAL THE PROFANITY IS EXCESSIVE BUT OTHER THAN THAT ITS A PRETTY DECENT SHOW.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent. Movie love it.
Published 9 days ago by Lawrence lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Gave this away as a gift but I have previously ...
Gave this away as a gift but I have previously watched this movie and it is an action packed film!!!
Published 17 days ago by Crystal
4.0 out of 5 stars First Rate In General But Incredibly Unbelievable
I agree with those who compare this to Peckinpah and it delivers what most people probably want. I would like once, one time in my life, to see an action film that is in the least... Read more
Published 1 month ago by That's Life
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Its ok .Jack
Published 1 month ago by jack
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Better than average action movie. Powers Boothe stole the show.
Published 1 month ago by William A Devenney
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely underrated and should be watched by all action lovers
Extreme Prejudice stars Nick Nolte,Powers Boothe(Sin City,Rapid Fire),Rip Torn(Men In Black),William Forsythe(Rock,Once Upon a time in America,Michael Ironside(Total... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jony villa
5.0 out of 5 stars Extreme Prejudice
Always enjoy a good shoot-em-up action flick. Nick Nolte is in top form. Received it earlier than promised. Powers
Booth makes a great villain.
Published 4 months ago by Robert Leach
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, Bad Transfer,,, STILL
I purchased the streaming video from Amazon, hoping that they have updated the print, but sadly they haven't. Read more
Published 4 months ago by F. Moreau
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Great movie but the picture quality wasn't very good. But it is a old and not very popular movie. My expectations were not that high any way. I'm just glad I found the movie.
Published 4 months ago by James Saenz
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a 1980s guy film
...and I gave it five stars because it's top in that genre. Signature line of the film for me is Rip Torn saying, "... Read more
Published 5 months ago by BillR
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