A drifting gunslinger-for-hire finds himself in the middle of an ongoing war between the Irish and Italian mafia in a Prohibition era ghost town. –IMDb
Walter Hill (born January 10, 1940) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Hill is known for male-dominated action films and revival of the Western.
Hill was born in Long Beach, California. Growing up in southern California, Hill was asthmatic as a child and, as a result, missed several years of school. He spent much of his time daydreaming, reading comic books, and listening to radio serials. Hill said his father and grandfather were “smart, physical men who worked with their heads and their hands” and had “great mechanical ability.” His paternal grandfather was a wildcat oil driller. Hill worked in the oil fields as a roustabout on Signal Hill near Los Angeles during summers of the latter part of his high school years and several more years while in college. During one summer, he ran an asbestos pipe-cutting machine and worked as a spray painter. After a stint at Mexico City College, he later majored in history at Michigan State University.
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The conversation between Willis' character and the sheriff halfway through the film is what won me over. The mutual respect the men have for each other despite being on opposite sides in such a daunting situation is clear. they both display plenty of charismatic macho but it never goes over the top. You hang on every word; your adrenaline is somehow through the roof. At the end of the day, I felt all that in a scene of expository dialogue, which is damn impressive to say the least.
With a $67 million price tag, the box office failure of this film put a damper on Bruce Willis' Hollywood clout and effectively derailed Walter Hill's career. It's not hard to see why this movie failed to connect with audiences and yet I can't help but love it. Walter Hill directs with an almost comic book-like sensibility, crossing Sam Raimi's love of unconventional camera placement with John Woo-style shoot-outs.
Este híbrido de western con cine negro y "mobsters" me pareció, sencillamente, brutal. Walter Hill dirige con gran pulso y oficio, no sólo las salvajes secuencias de acción (esos magníficos tiroteos y esos cuerpos volando por los aires), sino también las de carácter más calmado, siempre con sequedad y evitando concesiones. La música de Ry Cooder me pareció potente.