The Walker

The Walker

DVD - 2008
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Washington, D.C. Carter Page is 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 finds herself on the brink of a scandal, he covers fro 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.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.?] : Thinkfilm ; Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [c2008].
Edition: Letterbox.
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Walker (Motion picture : 2007)

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biffblack
Mar 30, 2014

Dreadful. Maybe the worst movie of Paul Schrader's career, but he's consistently made such awful, simplistic crap that nearly every film he writes and directs could be described as the worst movie of his career. The Walker also looks terrible -- was there lemon jello on the camera lens? Harrelson's fake Southern accent is utterly atrocious. The makeup job, hair styling, and wardrobe for Bacall are wildly unflattering, though she manages to have one good scene, which is exactly one more than the other actors receive. Schrader's screenplay about DC power brokers and political corruption, however, is such generic drivel -- listen to the speech Ned Beatty makes to Harrelson near the end ("I'm just an old guy with a lot of old friends"); it says a lot about the empty, cliched view Schrader has of the world. Even a noir needs more to go on than recycled pulp, and giving the anti-hero a boyfriend who makes "art" out of detainee torture pics really does not update The Walker's stale sensibility all that much.

SpencerSpencer Feb 13, 2013

It was okay, but about halfway through this film I realized it was the updated, more 'diverse', version of AMERICAN GIGOLO. Technically, the story is the same which just some details changed. A paid escort spends time with the wife, who begins to like him, of an important political person and gets embroiled in a murder cover-up.

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CalicoJack
Jul 14, 2009

This film is worth watching strictly for Woody Harrelson's brilliantly taut portrayal of the eponymic main character--& not for its cliches on political corruption, its dragging, uneventful plot, or its ineffectual stable of old Hollywood warhorses.

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joseph
Jul 24, 2008

Skip It - The Walker (2007) 108 min. starring Woody Harrelson, Kristen Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall and many more well known actors. This is a "who-done-it" murder mystery mimicing the film noir genre. Unfortunately, a great film noir relies on incredible off-the-wall dialogue, for which this film does not have in the least. I had a difficult time trudging through this picture. Though the film does have great production values, a great cast of actors, the film is such a bore that I really didn't care who murdered who and why.

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joseph
Jul 24, 2008

Released in 2007 starring Woody Harrelson. Carter Page III holds a special place in Washington society: the gay son and grandson of powerful men, he has connections, manners, and he's no threat, so he's an available escort when a woman's husband would rather not accompany her to a public event. When the secret lover of one of his women friends is murdered, she asks Carter to cover for her, and his acquiescence gets him into immediate trouble with the police and an ambitious prosecutor. Carter, with the help of his lover Emek, starts his own investigation. They're warned off by someone's hired muscle. Can Carter figure out what happened or will he lose more than he realizes he has? Human behavior is a mystery.

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