Walker

The Walker

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Director: Paul Schrader, Woody Harrelson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall

Cast: Paul Schrader, Woody Harrelson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall

     
 
With The Walker, Paul Schrader unofficially updates themes and tropes first explored by his controversial erotic thriller American Gigolo (1980). Woody Harrelson stars as Carter Page III, an overtly gay Virginia senator's son, paid as an asexual escort of middle-aged women in the

Overview

With The Walker, Paul Schrader unofficially updates themes and tropes first explored by his controversial erotic thriller American Gigolo (1980). Woody Harrelson stars as Carter Page III, an overtly gay Virginia senator's son, paid as an asexual escort of middle-aged women in the upper-crust circles of Washington, D.C. Carter's regular clients include three politicos' wives: Natalie Van Miter (Lauren Bacall), Abigail Delorean (Lily Tomlin), and Lynn Lockner (Kristin Scott Thomas), to whom Carter is closest -- so close that he squires her, regularly, to sexual rendezvous with her lover, the lobbyist Robbie Kononsberg (Steven Hartley). When an unknown perpetrator stabs Robbie to death, and Lynn discovers his murdered body at his condo, Carter attempts to protect Lynn and her husband, Larry (Willem Dafoe), from media intrusion by informing the police that he found the body himself, despite the fact that it makes him an immediate suspect. In time, Carter discovers from the women (during their gossip over a canasta game) that Robbie was involved with a shady insurance company, on the verge of being investigated -- and that the investigation would have uncovered dirt and scandal on each woman. To shield Lynn from trouble, and deliver himself from incrimination, Page ultimately decides to investigate the crime himself, with the close assistance of his lover, the German-Turkish photographer Emek (Moritz Bleibtreu). Schrader authored the original script.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2008
UPC:
0821575557252
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
R
Source:
Velocity / Thinkfilm
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:48:00

Special Features

The making of The Walker; Theatrical trailer; Trailer gallery

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Harrelson Carter Page
Kristin Scott Thomas Lynn Lockner
Lauren Bacall Natalie Van Miter
Lily Tomlin Abigail Delorean
Ned Beatty Jack Delorean
Moritz Bleibtreu Emek Yoglu
Willem Dafoe Larry Lockner
William Hope Mungo Tenant
Geff Francis Detective Dixon
Steven Hartley Robbie Kononsberg
Mary Beth Hurt Chrissie Morgan

Technical Credits
Paul Schrader Director,Screenwriter
Willi Baer Executive Producer
Steve Christian Executive Producer
James Clayton Executive Producer
Suzanne Crowley Casting
Anne Dudley Score Composer
Nic Ede Costumes/Costume Designer
John Hayes Sound/Sound Designer
David Hindle Art Director
James Merifield Production Designer
Deepak Nayar Producer
Parseghian Planco Executive Producer
Gilly Poole Casting
Duncan Reid Executive Producer
Julian Rodd Editor
Chris Seager Cinematographer
Richard Styles Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Walker
1. A Murder [7:07]
2. Interrogation [6:41]
3. Theories [4:58]
4. He Had Money [5:21]
5. A Murder [8:01]
6. Interrogation [5:56]
7. Theories [6:56]
8. He Had Money [7:12]
9. Legal Costs [7:32]
10. Three Day Pass [6:44]
11. Listen to This [6:14]
12. Wednesday [5:06]
13. Who Is It [7:22]
14. A Warning [8:40]
15. Another Place [8:08]
16. End Credits [5:54]

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The Walker 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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THE WALKER (defined as a man who escorts rich ladies around town in their leisure) is both a pungent political comment and a fine mystery from Paul Schrader who both wrote and directed this smart film and had the good fortune to surround his tale with a fine cast of actors. It may not be a film for everyone, but it will satisfy viewers who tire of superficial fluff films, allowing time to ponder the way we live and converse today. Carter Page III (Woody Harelson in one of his finest performances) is an openly gay, well-heeled, dapper man about town who devotes his life to pleasing the wealthy wives of men in high government levels in Washington, DC. Together with Abby (Lily Tomlin), Natalie (Lauren Bacall), Chrissy (Mary Beth Hurt), and Lynn (Kristin Scott Thomas) the group gossips, plays canasta in an expensive hotel parlor, and confides secrets that are surefire rumor fodder. Lynn is escorted by Carter to her lover's home for a tryst only to find the lover murdered. Carter attempts to protect Lynn from scandal only to become implicated himself. Carter discovers secrets about his own insecurities, and while he is solidly supported by his lover Emek (the excellent Moritz Bleibtreu), an artist of strange works that prove subtle background connotations of the mystery that is unwinding, he must face the realities of his decision when confronting husbands, lawyers, police, and intelligence agents (portrayed by such fine actors as Ned Beatty, Willem Defoe, William Hope and Geff Francis). The story is, in many ways, an examination of the corruption in Washington, DC - a fact that may explain why it did not enjoy a long theater run. For viewers who appreciate fine dialogue and a smart story with well-delineated characters portrayed by superb actors, this is a film that should not be neglected. Grady Harp