Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Extreme Prejudice (1987)

Extreme Prejudice is a very good, sadly underrated 1987 gem from director Walter Hill.  Taking place in Texas near the border, it revolves around the rivalry between former friends Jack Benteen (Nick Nolte) and Cash Bailey (Powers Boothe).  Benteen is a Texas Ranger while Cash has gone down a different path, becoming a ruthless drug dealer and killer.  Between them is, naturally, a sexy young woman Sarita (Maria Conchita Alonso) and just to make things even more complex, we get a group of reportedly dead soldiers led by the great Michael Ironside who get involved with a bank heist scheme that sends the former friends at each other full tilt.

The plot is wonderfully intricate with a few twists here and there and the action is brutal and bloody.   Walter Hill has always been an expert at character driven action movies and here, he may be at his best.  Nolte and Boothe serve up two great layered performances that let you get inside the characters and Alonso also is good.  The real highlight for me though is the team of soldiers, basically a smorgasbord of character actors: Michael Ironside is in charge and also in the group are Clancy Brown, William Forsythe and a few others.  All of them are fantastic with Ironside and Brown really standing out.

The film is also beautifully shot with the cinematography giving you a real grimy, humid feeling.  It helps give the film the feel of a modern western, which it truly is.  More folks should know about this one, it's really, really good.

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