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Extreme Prejudice 1987

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When they were kids Texas Ranger Jack Benteen used to be best friends with drug kingpin Cash Bailey. At present, however, the only element linking them together is Jack's girlfriend Sarita, who used to be with Cash. She returns to Cash as a voluntary hostage to make certain that Jack keeps his hands off the drug lord's operation. On top of that, there is a meticulously planned drug bust, in which both Jack and Cash butt heads with CIA-funded paramilitary Maj. Paul Hackett, following his own agenda.

Starring:
Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe
Runtime:
1 hour, 44 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Western, Action
Director Walter Hill
Starring Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe
Supporting actors Michael Ironside, Maria Conchita Alonso, Rip Torn, Clancy Brown, William Forsythe, Matt Mulhern, Larry B. Scott, Dan Tullis Jr., John Dennis Johnston, Luis Contreras, Gary Carlos Cervantes, Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, Marco Rodríguez, James Lashly, Tony Frank, Mickey Jones, Kent Lipham, Sam Gauny
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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This film came out during the late 80's action movie boom and was sadly lost in a sea of more populate and higher budgeted adventure flicks the year it came out. The film focuses on a hard as nails Texas Ranger played by Nolte who is trying to keep his town from becoming overrun by a drug cartel led by his childhood friend. Things become more complicated when a team of elite black ops commandos show up to eliminate the same cartel leader. While this movie passes as a fast paced action film, it plays more like a modern day Western and is all in all a great film. My only complaint is the disc itself which is in desperate need of an HD transfer.
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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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