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The Walker
The Walker
Actors: Woody Harrelson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall, Ned Beatty, William Hope
Director: Paul Schrader
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2008     1hr 48min

Set in Washington D.C., The Walker follows Carter Page (Harrelson), a popular socialite who serves as confidant, companion and card partner to the wives of the most powerful men in America. When Carter's dearest friend (S...  more »

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Actors: Woody Harrelson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall, Ned Beatty, William Hope
Director: Paul Schrader
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Enhanced - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/27/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 48min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Enhanced
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 6
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 12/31/2015...
Interesting role for Woody Harrelson, not at all like his usual rowdy self this time around he is a "walker". He take the refined ladies around to social events or plays cards with a group of upper class ladies who love him for his refined type. He is gay and "safe" for the women who rely on his company. But he gets into trouble being in the wrong place at the wrong time and then it gets interesting!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Patricia G. from PUEBLO, CO
Reviewed on 2/5/2009...
There is nothing noted on the DVD jacket, but the main character is a gay man living in Washinton, D.C. He tries to do the honorable thing when his female childhood friend is involved in a murder.
2 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

A Tour de Force for a Fine Cast of Seasoned Actors
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 06/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

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, June 08"
Stone Cold Nuts | Virginia | 03/16/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I found this compelling to watch as the performances of Bacall, Harrelson, and others successfully pulled me into what was a deliberately slow-paced film. Harrelson is impressive as he appears in virtually every scene and does a great job as the gay "Walker" caught up in a murder. It's been some time since I saw a movie that had to be carried more on plot and acting and less on car chases and special effects. But keep the pause button handy as you will need to stop the action and ask others in the room for clarification on what is being said and done - I say that in a good way in that the viewer will second-guess the anticipated outcome."
Great Performances
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 03/04/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

""The Walker"

Great Performances

Amos Lassen

There has been a great deal said about Paul Schrader's ("Affliction", "American Gigolo") new film "The Walker", a contemporary drama set in Washington, D.C. It centers on Carter Page (Woody Harrelson), a popular socialite who is the confidant, companion, and sometimes card player to some of the leading ladies in the nation's capital. These women are the wives of the powerful who turn to their gay friend for wisdom, warmth and wit but Carter's loyalty is tested when his closest friend finds out that she is involved in a scandal that could destroy not only her reputation but her husband's career as well. Carter tries to cover for her and in suppressing incriminating information finds he to be the chief suspect in a criminal investigation. He then becomes regarded as a pariah and is forced to find the true culprit so that he can clear his own name and even more than that, he must re-examine whether it is important to be accepted to a society which is based upon corruption, hypocrisy and betrayal.
Woody Harrelson gives quite an amazing performance as Carter as he exhibits the superficiality which we often associate with campy characters (Truman Capote, for one). We first encounter him as he examines the fabrics in a room as we hear several voices in the background. Carter is at home in this visceral world and we are made aware of his eye for detail.
Schrader says he picked Washington as the scene for the film because the town is famous for its hypocrisy and Schrader has written a fine screenplay. The photography is beautiful and the music by Brian Ferry is ideal. The dialog is wonderful with great one liners and the tension is constant. "The Walker" is a well staged thriller that has been highly underrated by critics and public. It is not often that we get to see a performance of the caliber of Harrelson's and the supporting class is excellent as well, especially Lauren Bacall. The development may be slow and boring at times but the strong performances easily overshadow that.