In a dusty, Prohibition-era Texas border town, a lone-wolf hit-man richochets between rival mobs, pinning his allegiance to whomever offers more money for his services. But when he sticks his neck out to help a woman, he ends up risking more than money--he risks developing a conscience. Hill patterned his film after Kurosawa's legendary 1961 YOJIMBO.
Christopher Walken - Oscar-winning American actor, THE DEER HUNTER
Alexandra Powers - Actress/"Dead Poets Soc."
David Patrick Kelly - Star, began in late '70s, Jerry Horne of TV's Twin Peaks
Bruce Willis - American actor, THE SIXTH SENSE (1999)
Walter Hill - Screenwriter/Director/Prod.
Bruce Dern - American actor, COMING HOME
Karina Lombard - Actress
Enroute to Mexico during Prohibition, loner John Smith decides to rest at town of Jericho, Texas. He discovers that two rival bootleg gangs, one Italian, the other Irish, are seriously at odds with each other. So much so, that all of the residents have left, and the Sheriff has given up doing his job. Sensing an opportunity to make money, Smith decides to hire himself out to BOTH factions -- and play each side against the other. Will Smith's clever scheme work? Or will the ensuing violence he causes take his life instead?
Released theatrically in the USA September 20, 1996. Co-produced by Lone Wolf. Color by CFI; shot in Panavision widescreen. Shown at the Venice Film Festival (Venetian Nights) September 6, 1996. Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.
"Bruce Willis comes out blasting..." - 10/17/1996 Rolling Stone, p.144
"...[The film] looks wonderful....Fine music from longtime collaborator Ry Cooder..." - 11/01/1996 Sight and Sound, p.52-3
"...Ahern provides dynamic widescreen framing..." - 09/16/1996 Variety
"...[It] sounds wonderful with its mournful, portentous Ry Cooder score and stars a well-cast Bruce Willis exuding calm, reflective authority...[A] handsome, carefully wrought film..." - 09/20/1996 Los Angeles Times, p.F10