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The Walker (2008)

Woody Harrelson , Kristin Scott Thomas , Paul Schrader  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Woody Harrelson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall, Ned Beatty, William Hope
  • Directors: Paul Schrader
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Enhanced, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: THINKFILM
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011B9W7E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,933 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Walker" on IMDb

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Set in Washington D.C., The Walker follows Carter Page (Harrelson), a popular socialite who serves as confidant, companion and card partner to the wives of the most powerful men in America. When Carter's dearest friend (Scott Thomas) finds herself on the brink of a scandal, he covers for her. Suddenly he finds himself the chief suspect in a criminal investigation and this well-connected man-about-town becomes an outcast, hounded by the police and forced to hunt down the true culprit in order to clear his name.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"In the end, all you have is your breeding. It's all that separates `them' from `us,'" says Natalie Van Miter, rich, aging doyen of Washington high society.

"My great-grandfather got rich off slavery," says languid, gay, agreeable Carter Page III, escort for powerful women in the nation's capital, who is beginning to have second thoughts, thanks to a murder, about his life. "When the Yankees took that away, my grandfather made his money raisin' tobacco. I don't have any breeding."

"If your great-grandfather were alive today, he'd fit right in," says Natalie, with an affectionate squeeze to Carter's arm.

Car (Woody Harrelson), as his lady friends call him, always meets them for weekly Canasta games at an exclusive Washington club. They dish the gossip about everything and everyone, except about themselves. There's Natalie (Lauren Bacall), acerbic with a smile; Abigail Delorean (Lily Tomlin) the vice president's wife and no fool; and Lynn Lockner (Kristin Scott Thomas), unhappy wife of Senator Larry Lockner, the Senate's minority leader. They all adore Car, who dishes with the best of them. And Car adores them. He's a "walker," an unthreatening, well-bred man who takes wealthy women from place to place when their powerful husbands don't want to go.

Car even escorts Lynn Lockner to her secret weekly assignations with a lover, waiting in the car for her to return an hour or so later. This time, however, Lynn returns in minutes. She found her lover, a financial wheeler-dealer who had been scheduled to testify before a Senate committee, sprawled dead in the man's living room, stab wounds in his chest and, well, lower down.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling March 16, 2008
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I found this compelling to watch as the performances of Bacall, Harrelson, and others successfully pulled me into what was a deliberately slow-paced film. Harrelson is impressive as he appears in virtually every scene and does a great job as the gay "Walker" caught up in a murder. It's been some time since I saw a movie that had to be carried more on plot and acting and less on car chases and special effects. But keep the pause button handy as you will need to stop the action and ask others in the room for clarification on what is being said and done - I say that in a good way in that the viewer will second-guess the anticipated outcome.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I Do Need A Dirt Fix" June 13, 2008
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Written and directed by Paul Schrader ("The Comfort of Strangers," "American Gigolo") "The Walker" stars Woody Harrelson as an openly gay man Carter Page III, the son of a Virginia senator, in contemporary Washington, D. C. who escorts rich, idle women-- Lily Tomlin as Abigail, Kristin Scott Thomas as Lynn and Lauren Bacall as Nathalie-- around the city and plays canasta with them every Wednesday. Mary Beth Hurt, Ned Beatty and Willem Defoe are cast as well.

As we would expect from Mr. Schrader, "The Walker" is a dark film about power and political corruption in the highest levels of government. Reminiscent of Truman Capote, Page, dressed in high fashion double-breasted suits and a toupee, keeps the women laughing with his gossip and campy one-liners ("I need a dirt fix") until a lobbyist is murdered and he suddenly finds himself the chief suspect. His brittle women friends are suddenly not available and he is left with his cat Lancelot, that he confiscated from the dead man,and his boyfriend.

Kristin Scott Thomas gives a fine performance as a senator's wife. Lauren Bacall plays Lauren Bacall, but, hey, she looks great for whatever her age is. Lily Tomlin, although she has a small role, is good as always. Woody Harrelson may have been wonderful on "Cheers" but he is miscast here. For starters, he has a strange Southern accent that at times sounds like he is Marlon Brando in "The Godfather" and at other times like the gay soldier Brando plays in "Reflections in a Golden Eye."

Mr. Schrader has certainly made better movies; but if you are one of his fans, you should see this one too. I'd give it a very low B.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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THE WALKER (defined as a man who escorts rich ladies around town in their leisure) is both a pungent political comment and a fine mystery from Paul Schrader who both wrote and directed this smart film and had the good fortune to surround his tale with a fine cast of actors. It may not be a film for everyone, but it will satisfy viewers who tire of superficial fluff films, allowing time to ponder the way we live and converse today.

Carter Page III (Woody Harelson in one of his finest performances) is an openly gay, well-heeled, dapper man about town who devotes his life to pleasing the wealthy wives of men in high government levels in Washington, DC. Together with Abby (Lily Tomlin), Natalie (Lauren Bacall), Chrissy (Mary Beth Hurt), and Lynn (Kristin Scott Thomas) the group gossips, plays canasta in an expensive hotel parlor, and confides secrets that are surefire rumor fodder. Lynn is escorted by Carter to her lover's home for a tryst only to find the lover murdered. Carter attempts to protect Lynn from scandal only to become implicated himself. Carter discovers secrets about his own insecurities, and while he is solidly supported by his lover Emek (the excellent Moritz Bleibtreu), an artist of strange works that prove subtle background connotations of the mystery that is unwinding, he must face the realities of his decision when confronting husbands, lawyers, police, and intelligence agents (portrayed by such fine actors as Ned Beatty, Willem Defoe, William Hope and Geff Francis). The story is, in many ways, an examination of the corruption in Washington, DC - a fact that may explain why it did not enjoy a long theater run.

For viewers who appreciate fine dialogue and a smart story with well-delineated characters portrayed by superb actors, this is a film that should not be neglected. Grady Harp, June 08
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
The DVD is very clear and this is Woody Harrelson's best part. This a movie you will watch several times.
Published 5 months ago by M. B.
5.0 out of 5 stars KRISTIN, WOODY, LAUREN!
Really terrific movie that didn't get the buzz it deserved, especially given the cast and subject. I always enjoy movies dealing with the "sophisticated" ugly side of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Walker - Woody Harrelson
This is a very under-rated movie. Harrelson is a tour de force in this role as the escort to Washington's wives of the famous. Read more
Published 7 months ago by ChancesR
2.0 out of 5 stars Insufferably dull
Tedious film that portrays insufferably dull, comfortable well-to-do snobs in their opulent surroundings. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bartok Kinski
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to watch it because of the cast...all my faves. But, it...
Nobody seems to take the 'walkers' in Washington, DC too seriously. He'll take the ladies to the opera or the ballett and the husbands appreciate that. But, no kudos for that. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michele Garand
1.0 out of 5 stars NO
Got it, Started to watch it, made it litterally 30 minutes into the movie, and I could tell it was horrible, not a smart purchase, but SHIPPED FAST!!!!
Published 21 months ago by Will Engell
5.0 out of 5 stars Another view of government nonsense.
The Walker--Woody Harrelson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall, Ned Beatty---great group of stars. One of Mr, Harrelson's opportunities to act as he is capable. Read more
Published on January 5, 2011 by Casca
4.0 out of 5 stars subtle, thoughtful film
Carter Page III - or Car to his friends - is a gay man who works as a paid escort for some of the most well-connected wives in Washington D. Read more
Published on November 9, 2010 by Roland E. Zwick
5.0 out of 5 stars "Words, words, words" --Hamlet, II. ii.
This film is like a theatre piece: It is about character revealed through words. Not the usual for a medium dependent upon visuals. Read more
Published on February 8, 2010 by John Gray Hunter Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Pedestrian
Looking at The Walker in the closeout bin of the video score, you're thinking, great cast (Woody Harrelson, Lauren Bacall, Lily Tomlin, Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe, Ned... Read more
Published on January 2, 2010 by C. CRADDOCK
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