Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a Russian policeman sent after a Russian drug dealer who has escaped to the United States and is awaiting extradition in Chicago. Jim Belushi plays his temporary partner on the Chicago police. When the drug dealer escapes, the two police must overcome their differences in order to recapture him. —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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I'm just going to assume that the naked sauna fight in EASTERN PROMISES was a homage to the opening of this film.
Perhaps Hill's most toxic synthesis (I almost want to drop the word "funky" but I think that's reserved for Johnny Handsome). The bathhouse ecstasy spills out into a primitive caveman brawl in the snow, before becoming a Cimino-esque mini-drama. After this, Arnie steps into America and into a new film, yet bringing other elements with him. Simultaneously, Hill's work with color and light hits its absolute peak. One of his greatest.