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Old 05-31-2019, 01:09 AM   #1
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Very few directors have had such a prolific career as the great Walter Hill. A man's man director if there ever was one. Hill is an auteur of the male action picture. Stripped down, bare and to the point delivering deliciously pulpy B-movie stories with A-List talent and craftsmanship. He's an expert in his style, action and characters while often arguably bringing out the best work in many actors and actresses in his films such as Charles Bronson, Ryan O'Neal, Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Ice-T, Ice Cube, Stoney Jackson, De'voreaux White, Amy Madigan, Wes Studi, James Remar, Michael Beck and David Patrick Kelly just to name a few. He even showed audiences that Rick Moranis, like Eddie Murphy, had great dramatic acting range as well with his excellent performance in Streets of Fire.

For 18 years of his directing career, from 1975-1993, Hill had a purple patch knocking out smash after smash after smash. Some box office hits, some box office bombs later becoming cult classic sensations while others very strangely still struggling to find an audience in general. Other Hill fans may very well include his later works in that purple patch as well. He's also a first rate screenwriter and producer writing scripts for and producing some of the best films ever made. Hill's work continues to influence and inspire many filmmakers to this day. I think it's pretty fair to say that without Walter Hill, it's very possible we might not have the fabulous John Wick series. Still though, even with all of his successes, he's still a very underappreciated filmmaker that doesn't seem to get the recognition he deserves (as well as many of his films). So I thought it only right to make this thread a dedication to one of the industry's best directors and give him the props he deserves!

Of all of the Walter Hill films I love, my all time favorite film of Hill's is his action powerhouse Trespass. It's Hill at his peak. Having mastered his craft and offering audiences one hell of a relentless thrill ride (along with giving us one of the most complex and unique lead villains in film history with Ice-T) that is criminally underrated to this day (along with numerous other films of his) and that has a certain passion to it that had been sort of "lacking" in a few of his pictures before it while seemingly being on autopilot. That being said he still delivered the goods in those films as well.

I have listed his directing credits below with my personal favorites with an asterisk next to each one.

*Hard Times (1975)
*The Driver (1978)
*The Warriors (1979)
*The Long Riders (1980)
*Southern Comfort (1981)
*48 HRS (1982)
*Streets of Fire (1984)
*Brewster's Millions (1985)
*Crossroads (1986)
*Extreme Prejudice (1987)
*Red Heat (1988)
Johnny Handsome (1989)
*Another 48 HRS (1990)
*Trespass (1992)
*Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
Wild Bill (1995)
Last Man Standing (1996)
Supernova (2000)
Undisputed (2002)
Bullet to the Head (2012)
The Assignment (2016)

What are your favorite Walter Hill films and/or Walter Hill topics? This is the thread for it!

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Old 05-31-2019, 02:22 AM   #2
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I'm big fan of:

The Warriors
Streets of Fire
48 HRS
The Driver
Red Heat
Trespass
Southern Comfort

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Old 05-31-2019, 03:51 AM   #3
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The gunfire sounds were insane in his earlier films. Every gun sounded like a cannon . I've always liked Walter Hill, it would be wonderful to see him give us one more gem.
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Old 05-31-2019, 04:24 AM   #4
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Pretty kickass guy.

Big fan of:

Hard Times
The Driver
The Warriors
The Long Riders
Streets of Fire

Like a few others... not big on a few others... need to see a few (Extreme Prejudice being the biggest priority).

I'll also give a shout out to his Emmy-winning work on the Deadwood pilot. Did an amazing job of setting the tone for one of the best dramas ever.
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Old 05-31-2019, 04:37 AM   #5
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Top 5
1. The Driver (1978)
2. The Long Riders (1980)
3. Hard Times (1975)
4 The Warriors (1979)
5. Southern Comfort (1981)

Bullet to the Head was surprisingly fun, and many others over the years, but his early stuff is the best.
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Old 05-31-2019, 04:43 AM   #6
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Huge fan of Walter Hill, love his tough guy/talk aesthetics. Mix of over the top stylized violence and contemplative existentialism.

Top:
Warriors
Extreme Prejudice
Trespass
Wild Bill
The Long Riders
Last Man Standing
Johnny Handsome

Good:
48 Hours
Southern Comfort
Streets of Fire
Driver
Hard Times
Geronimo

Meh: Supernova, Undisputed, Bullet to the Head, Assignment, Red Heat, Crossroads, Brewster's Millions
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:04 AM   #7
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I had no idea that Hill was connected to Ridley Scott and the Alien films - he produced all the Alien films.
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I had no idea that Hill was connected to Ridley Scott and the Alien films - he produced all the Alien films.
He pretty much wrote the first film with David Giler too.
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I like 48 Hrs & Red Heat, with Red Heat being my favorite. If Supernova had followed his original ideas that one could've been good as well.
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Here is a great interview I found with Edgar Wright interviewing Hill about his film The Driver and it's influence on Wright's own Baby Driver (along with many other films) in the very same hotel room from The Driver at The Westin Bonaventure.

Wright has also stated that Streets of Fire was also an influence for Baby Driver.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...-9tl42ZOxiDncM

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Old 05-31-2019, 11:53 AM   #11
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His run from Hard Times to Red Heat is pretty solid and unbroken, and he even delved into different genres without breaking a sweat. Going to have to fill in some of the gaps in my Blu-ray collection now
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I like quite a few of his movies. Hard Times, and The Warriors are easily my top 2.
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Great that Extreme Prejudice is getting a German release. I own the Japanese Blu currently, but I'm holding out on the German release for now, to see if the rumored Kino release materializes. Great film. Love Walter Hill.
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I love both The Driver and 48 Hours.
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My favorites:
Extreme Prejudice (definitely a big homage to The Wild Bunch)
Another 48Hrs
The Long Riders
48Hrs
The Warriors (that music!)
Brewster's Millions
Last Man Standing
Red Heat

Ones that are not so bad, but do not give me much joy:
The Driver
Southern Comfort
Trespass
Johnny Handsome
Geronimo: An American Legend
Streets of Fire
Bullet to the Head
Supernova

Never seen:
Crossroads
Hard Times
Wild Bill
The Assignment
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Southern Comfort is a stone cold classic

Funnily enough - I was just thinking about Red Heat a few minutes ago.

Danko: "I now work undercover."

Ridzik: "Undercover?! You look like Gumby."
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I keep going back to a quote from Walter Hill I first discovered in Cinefantastique's review of STREETS OF FIRE: "In my films, when somebody puts a gun in your face, character is how many times you blink." There are so many Hill classics to expound on, but I'd like to bring attention to a few that often feel overlooked:


I find myself increasingly revisiting his gorgeously lensed (on stunning locations) and beautifully elegiac GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND; a wonderful ensemble cast bringing a tragic part of America's past to vivid life.

The tense and terrific TRESPASS is still a model of stripped-down action filmmaking efficiency : lean, mean, exciting and one of THE powerhouse action-thrillers of the '90s.

HBO's TALES FROM THE CRYPT included a season one Hill-directed episode entitled "The Man Who Was Death", featuring a sardonic Bill Sadler as an electrician who loses his job at the penitentiary when the death penalty is abolished and decides to mete out his own vigilante justice...this is a stylishly grim and blackly humorous exercise in pulpy horror, and Sadler gives a gloriously deranged performance.
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I love Hill's cinematographic aesthetic. His movies look dusty and smokey and very well shot. Probably not a popular opinion but I loooooove Another 48 hrs. It's absurdly over the top but bad-ass. It's my quintessential example of a guilty pleasure movie. I also really enjoy Last Man Standing. Again, it's over the top but highly watchable.

Confession: I haven't seen The Driver yet. I know TT released it on blu back in 2013 but isn't it due for a wider release? I thought TTs rights only lasted 3 years.

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Yes his cinematographic aesthetic is wonderful. He was influenced by Sam Peckinpah.

I think Another 48hrs is one of his best and can you imagine if they could release the version we never got to see, it might turn out his best movie.
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His run from Hard Times to Red Heat is pretty solid and unbroken, and he even delved into different genres without breaking a sweat.
This (though I don't remember much about Brewster's) and for me mirrored by Carpenter's run from Halloween to Big Trouble in Little China.
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