Sunday, August 7, 2011

365 Movies Day #132 "Extreme Prejudice"

Walter Hill is a legend. He directed some of the coolest flicks around including "48 Hours", "Red Heat", "The Warriors" and "Last Man Standing", but this film may be his best. The film is about childhood friends who grow up to find themselves on the opposite side of the law with a rogue special forces team caught in the middle.

Our hero is played by Nick Nolte (who should need no introduction) and his wayward pal is played by Powers Boothe (who should also need no introduction, but we last talked about him in "FRAILTY" and we are sure to hear about him again). Michael Ironside ("THE MACHINIST" and a host of other films) plays the leader of the special ops team with members played by Clancy Brown (The Kurgan from "The Highlander"), William Forstythe ("THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU"RE DEAD")and Larry B. Scott (Lamar from "Revenge of the Nerds"). Of course, there's a girl caught between the two enemies played by Maria Conchita Alonso ("Running Man" and "Predator 2") and actor Rip Torn ("Men in Black" and "BEYOND THE LAW" plays Nolte's partner. Oh, and Tiny Lister is there as well ("Fifth Element", "BONE DRY","THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU"RE DEAD").

The film is a gritty modern western that culminates in one of the coolest gun battles ever captured on screen. It's basically the perfect Walter Hill flick. I'd love to do something like this one of these days.


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