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Director Walter Hill is surely one of the last of the rugged
individualists in American cinema, an action auteur in the same league as Robert Aldrich,
Sam Peckinpah, Raoul Walsh, Anthony Mann and Budd Boetticher. A filmmaker equally at home
with the western, the urban melodrama or neo-noir, Walter Hill brings traditional values
and an innate love of storytelling to his romantic, hardboiled narratives of betrayed
trust, doomed love, unrequited greed, noble self-sacrifice and unrehabilitated heroism --
often in the guise of the most unlikely characters. Were pleased to be able to
welcome Walter Hill in-person to present a sneak preview of his latest film, BROKEN
TRAIL as well as some of his most enduring, hard-edged action classics, HARD TIMES,
JOHNNY HANDSOME, THE LONG RIDERS and (in 70mm!) GERONIMO.
Thursday, June 15 - 7:30 PM
LA Premiere! Walter Hill In Person!
BROKEN TRAIL Part I & II, 2006, AMC/Sony
Television, 184 min. In the tradition of LONESOME DOVE, director Walter Hill zeroes
in on senior cowboy Robert Duvall and his estranged nephew, Thomas Haden Church
(SIDEWAYS) in 1897 as they are suddenly saddled with five Chinese orphan girls while
attempting to drive a herd of horses to their buyer. However, a gang of unscrupulous
rivals want the girls for their own unsavory ends. The road ahead for Duvall, Church and
the girls suddenly becomes an agonizing gauntlet, beset with traps and ambushes out of
nowhere. BROKEN TRAIL is a four-hour, two-part mini-series that will make its world
premiere on AMC on June 25-26, 2006 at 8 PM ET/PT. Discussion
in between Part I & II with Director Walter Hill. Suggested donation.
Friday, June 16 - 7:30 PM
Walter Hill In Person!
LASTING IMPRESSIONS, a monthly series featuring screenings
and conversations with moviemakers. This time out, director Walter Hill
joins host Ed Crasnick.
HARD TIMES, 1975, Sony Repertory, 93 min. Walter
Hills debut feature as director is this no-holds-barred tale of a bare knuckles
boxer (Charles Bronson) in Depression-era New Orleans and the fast-talking promoter
(James Coburn) who parlays Bronsons talents as a pugilist into quick money. "There's
the temptation, with material like this, to fashion parables and give the characters
portentous speeches about the meaning of it all. But HARD TIMES never steps back from
itself, never lectures us. Its theme is buried in its material, and it's a hard-edged
action film all the way." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.
JOHNNY HANDSOME, 1989, Sony
Repertory, 94 min. Dir Walter Hill. Mickey Rourke is superb as John Sedley,
a disfigured loner who is set up for a fall when he and his only pal, Scott Wilson, are
betrayed by their robber partners, sleazy sociopaths, Lance Henricksen and Ellen
Barkin with Pal Wilson dead, corraled in a New Orleans prison hospital and
pigeonholed as a three time loser by hostile cop, Morgan Freeman, Rourke bides his
time. But an altruistic doctor, Forest Whitaker, throws a spanner in the works when
he offers Rourke new hope to live a normal life - plastic surgery that will wipe out his
facial deformity. Once released on parole, Rourke gets a normal job and even a girlfriend
(Elizabeth McGovern) who loves him. However, vengeance for his friends death
burns in his heart, and, with his new face, he insinuates himself back into the lives of
unaware scumbags, Henricksen and Barkin. One of Walter Hills most underrated films
and a great example of neo-noir. Discussion in between films
with Director Walter Hill.
Saturday, June 17 - 7:30 PM
THE LONG RIDERS, 1980, Columbia Repertory, 99
min. Director Walter Hill focuses on Jesse and Frank James (James Keach and Stacey
Keach) as well as their outlaw cohorts, the Younger, Miller and Ford brothers in this
classic revisionist western. Pamela Reed is a fiery spitfire as the notorious
female outlaw, Belle Starr. With David Carradine, Keith Carradine, Randy Quaid,
70 mm print! GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND, 1993,
Columbia, 115 min. A modern action master, director Walter Hill also displays a
reflective side and almost Rossellini-esque historical perspective in his retelling of the
last days of resistance of the great Apache leader. One of the most impressive and
overlooked late Westerns. With Wes Studi, Matt Damon, Jason Patric,
Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman and Scott Wilson. Music by Ry Cooder.