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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
"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.Read more ›
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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The trailer on the film was better than the film itself. Very difficult to get into the movie and the plot was very weak.Published 2 days ago by Mathew
Carter Page III has the hallmarks of theatrical elegance of the late 19th century; his slow and southern drawl matches his refinement in dandy attire; the seasonal costume of his... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sinbad the Sailor
A good twist, reminds me of clue .."who did it? " ... Woody did make me laugh.Published 5 months ago by mrs. giselle
YET another waste of time and money.
The product is a "slick" effort on the part of your typical liberal media Hollywood lefty. Read more
Great acting and great story! Well worth the price. Prompt delivery!Published 19 months ago by The Professor