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Fast-Walking
     

Fast-Walking

Director: James B. Harris

Cast: James Woods, Tim McIntire, Kay Lenz

 
James Woods plays "Fast-Walking" Miniver, a strikingly amoral prison guard, in this dark, hard-hitting comedy/drama. When not smoking dope or scaring up customers for Evie (Susan Tyrrell), the proprietor of the local house of prostitution, Fast-Walking tries to keep order in an Oregon prison. Fast-Walking is looking for a big payday so he can quit his job and get into

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James Woods plays "Fast-Walking" Miniver, a strikingly amoral prison guard, in this dark, hard-hitting comedy/drama. When not smoking dope or scaring up customers for Evie (Susan Tyrrell), the proprietor of the local house of prostitution, Fast-Walking tries to keep order in an Oregon prison. Fast-Walking is looking for a big payday so he can quit his job and get into something less stressful, and he thinks he may have found it when William Galliot (Robert Hooks), a black political activist who has just landed behind bars, offers him $50,000 to help him escape. Fast-Walking thinks this sounds fine with him, until he finds out that his cousin Wasco (Tim McIntire) is part of a plot to kill Galliot and wants his help. Fast-Walking's dilemma is intensified by his affair with Wasco's girlfriend, Moke (Kay Lenz). Fast-Walking was written, produced, and directed by James B. Harris, who as a producer helped bring several early Stanley Kubrick films to the screen.

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All Movie Guide
This oddball prison story escaped notice at the time of its release but has since earned a following amongst cult film aficionados. One viewing of Fast-Walking makes it easy to understand why: this is exactly the kind of offbeat sleeper that is tailor made for the cult movie set. The storyline mixes grim, controversial content and dark humor in an unpredictable way, lacing its suspenseful tale with reams of quotably profane dialogue. Director James B. Harris handles this storyline in a spare, confident manner, allowing a gallery of interesting character actors to carry the film. That was a wise decision because the performances are fantastic across the board: James Woods digs into the role of the title character with fire and wit that distinguished his early performances while underrated leading lady Kay Lenz is all cool sex appeal as his romantic interest. The rest of the cast is fleshed with sly, humorous turns from reliable favorites like Susan Tyrrell, Timothy Carey and M. Emmet Walsh. However, the best performance comes from Tim McIntire as the film's scheming convict villain: he scorches the screen with a fierce, commanding turn highlighted by a few breathtaking scenes in which he lays out a black-hearted, cynical take on life in monologue form. There is plenty of recommend in this film but those scenes alone make it worth viewing. In short, Fast-Walking is a must for anyone interest in the cult cinema of the early 1980's, especially anyone who enjoys a good crime story told from an unconventional angle.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2010
UPC:
0883316246436
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
35,754

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Woods Fast-Walking Miniver
Tim McIntire Wasco
Kay Lenz Moke
Robert Hooks William Galliot
M. Emmet Walsh Sgt. Sanger
Timothy Carey Bullet
Susan Tyrrell Evie
Charles Weldon Jackson
John Friedrich Squeeze
Sandy Ward Warden Riker
Lance Le Gault Lt. Barnes
Deborah White Elaine
Sidney Lassick Ted
Barbara Miller Actor
Helen Page Camp Ted's Wife
K Callan Motel Manager
Ernie Fuentes Straw Boss
Barbara Eaton Hooker #1
Roger Creed Guard on Gun Walk
Hugh Gillin Heavy #2

Technical Credits
James B. Harris Director,Producer,Screenwriter
King Baggot Cinematographer
Richard Y. Haman Art Director
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Douglas Stewart Editor

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