47 FILMS: 38. EXTREME PREJUDICE

In our continuing series of  ’47 Films to see before you’re murdered in your dreams’, we look at Walter Hill’s blood soaked border Western Extreme Prejudice.

Walter Hill has often been a director somewhat overlooked. His made a series of successful action movies, but there’s often the sense that he is too often written off as a meer action director. And yet a filmmaker who produce films as varied in scope as After Hours, The Long Riders, Southern Comfort and Brewster’s Millions, as well as having a large hand in the Alien series, obviously has more chops than your average second unit action guy.

Extreme Prejudice came out in 1987, the year after 48 Hours and starred Nick Nolte as a tough guy Texan peace officer Jack Benteen, who alongside his buddy sheriff (Rip Torn) is running in drug smugglers as his old boyhood friend Cash (Powers Boothe) sends them across from Mexico. There’s a shared girlfriend (Maria Conchita Alonso) between them as well and, to further complicate matters, a black ops squad are setting up a bank robbery to procure evidence against Cash. The team of ex-soldiers is led by Michael Ironside’s snake eyed Major… whoa! Stop there. Just look at this cast. Nolte, Ironside, Boothe, Torn and you can add to those Clancy Brown and William Forsythe as black ops men. The film has huge testosterone sweat patches and lines which are so much spoken as bitten off and spat out: ‘If you see the Major kill him. Kill him like an animal.’

The set pieces are great even if the plot gets so convoluted at times you get the feeling that no one is actually paying attention any longer. It doesn’t quite have the melancholy poetry of Peckinpah – in fact its Boothe’s doomed king pin who is the most Peckinpah-esque – but a blood bath is inevitable and suitably thorough.

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THE KURGAN HUNTS KEITH RICHARDS AS THE GATHERING APPROACHES

HOLLYWOOD – As the Gathering approaches, sources reveal that the Kurgan is in the United States of America and is hunting Keith Richards.

Concerns have been raised following the news that the Kurgan is currently on the loose and hunting down Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. Kurgan watchers in Russia noted his absence several months ago, but it was presumed that he was off on a shopping/killing spree.

‘Every now and then the Kurgan feels the itch and if he doesn’t surface in some war torn part of the world he’s usually at Harrods in London running up a massive credit card bill,’ said Kurgan watcher P.E. Stephens.  However, when the Kurgan resurfaced once more he was no longer in Europe and rumors have it that he is on the trail of noted guitarist and Johnny Depp imitator Keith Richards.

Stephens continues:

It isn’t the best news in the world for Richards. The Kurgan is a formidable opponent and the recent death of Lord Byron, sorry you knew him I think as David Bowie, shows that something is happening with the Immortals and that usually signals the approach of the Gathering. The moment when the Immortals must come together and fight for the Prize, usually a record deal or a movie. I think this year it’s going to be a series on HBO.

However, fans of the grizzled rocker are keen to point that Keith has so far defeated all comers and stands a good chance against the Russian bruiser. Friend and bandmate Charlie Watts told the Studio Exec:

Keith don’t have nuffin to worry about. That Kurgan geezer? Keith shits tougher shits than him every morning and flushes them away.

The Gathering will be televised on Fox in August.

HIGHLANDER BECOMES THE BASIS FOR A NEW RELIGION

Je suis Scottish



EDINBURGH – Highlander, the 1986 film starring Christophe Lambert and Sean Connery, has become the unlikely inspiration for a new religion, which believes in the existence of immortals who fight throughout history in order to win the Prize. The religion has attracted high profile supporters – who call themselves the Gatherers and intone the greeting “There can be only one” whenever they meet – such as Huey Lewis (famous from Huey Lewis and the News) and Molly Ringwald.

 “We believe that Russell Mulcahy is actually a high priest and it was given to him the task of communicating the truth of the Universe,” says Ms. Ringwald.

Rituals include running along the beach shouting “Feel the Sh-tag”, listening to ‘rock group’ Queen and adopting ridiculous Scottish (or Scootish) accents à la Lambert. The movement claims that throughout history there have been many immortals such as Louis XVI and Jayne Mansfield, who alas were killed in the one way an immortal can be killed, via decapitation.

‘Spaniard’ Sean Connery

Scientologists have greeted the formation of the religion with gleeful delight, declaring, “Now who’re the fruit cakes?” 

Clancy Brown – who played the Kurgan in the original film and went on to give a voice to Mr Krabs in Spongebob Squarepants – has reacted angrily against the formation of the religion. “They’re just a bunch of assholes,” Mr Brown said. “They attack me on the streets. I’m an actor, and that wasn’t even a good film.” 

Mr Krabs

Criticism has also been heavy in regard to the Quickening that the believers say they experience – a kind of euphoria – and the fact that the only people who have referred to the religion have been Huey Lewis (famous from Huey Lewis and the News) and Molly Ringwald.