After the preview screening and out of competition a Venice 79hits US theaters September 30 dead for a dollar, a new western directed by one of the veterans of genre cinema, director Walter Hill, who has assembled for the occasion a stellar cast including two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz and four-time Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe. The film follows a veteran bounty hunter on a mission deep in Mexico, played by Waltz, who encounters his nemesis, a professional gambler and outlaw played by Dafoe; The two will be forced into a new confrontation when the bounty hunter’s mission takes an unexpected turn.
Plot and Cast
The official plot: The year is 1897. Dead for a Dollar follows famed bounty hunter Max Borlund (Valse) to the depths of Mexico; here he meets Joe Cribbens (Dafoe) – professional gambler and outlaw and his nemesis – whom Max had sent to prison a few years earlier. Borlund is on a mission to find and bring home Rachel Kidd, the wife of a wealthy Santa Fe businessman, who has been kidnapped and held hostage. When he finds out that the wife has in fact run away from an abusive husband, Max must make a choice: complete the dishonest mission he was hired to do, or step aside as ruthless, outlaw mercenaries longtime rivals become bigger and bigger neighbors… Max and his aide Alonzo Poe have nothing to gain if they resist: only honor.
The cast of “Dead for a Dollar” also includes Benjamin Bratt, Rachel Brosnahan, Hamish Linklater, Brandon Scott, Gabriela Alicia Ortega, Scott Peat, Warren Burke, Rocko Reyes, Luis Chávez, Jackamoe Buzzell, Shawn-Caulin Young, Diana Navarrete, JD Garfield, Herman Johansen, Diane Villegas, Vic Browder, Marco Fuller, Alfredo Quiroz, Fidel Gomez, Ivan Lee Holmes, Jeremiah Core, Daniel J. Cox, Gonzalo Robles, Doug Montoya, Otgadahe Whitman-Fox, Weston Brownlee, Lupe Preciado and Devin Gutierrez.
Dead for a Dollar – Trailer and Video
- Director Walter Hill directs “Dead for a Dollar” from a 2000 screenplay written by Matt Harris and originally titled “Moon of Popping Trees.” In 2002, the screenplay won the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, a fellowship program founded in 1986 to assist screenwriters, administered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
- Christoph Waltz once played a bounty hunter in the Django by Quentin Tarantino while Willem Dafoe appeared in Once upon a time in Mexicoa tribute to the genre directed by Tarantino’s student and colleague Robert Anthony Rodriguez.
- Walter Hill directed a western trilogy which began in 1980 with The Knights of the Long Shadows (The Long Riders), continued with Geronimo (Geronimo: an American Legend, 1993) and concluded with wild beak (1995).
- Principal photography took place in Santa Fe, New Mexico from August to September 2021.
Photos and videos of Venice 79
Dead For A Dollar is a direct and simple tale, which nevertheless tries to value many elements of the traditional western: the primitive nobility, the fight as proof of honor, the nostalgia of the past and the ancient and hard law of courage. At the same time, it’s an attempt to talk about racism and gender issues, issues that we are struggling with today. Writing and directing the film was a stroke of luck. Obtaining the financing, a miracle. Working with such a cast, pure happiness. [Walter Hill]
Walter Hill – Biographical Notes
Throughout his distinguished career, Walter Hill has served as a writer, director and producer on projects ranging from classic Westerns to action-packed thrillers and teen comedies, all marked by his unique and visceral style. A veteran director with 21 films to his name, Hill also made a successful foray into television with several projects, receiving the Emmy and DGA award for the pilot episode of the groundbreaking neo-western. dead wood. His works range from in-depth character analyzes to true blockbusters, and he has received critical acclaim for his mastery in both situations. He directed Broken Trail – A Dangerous Journey, the critically acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning TV movie, released on AMC, which tells the story of five immigrant women and the cattle transporters who rescue them, in the era of the waning conquest of the West. The critically acclaimed film starring Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall and Academy Award nominee Thomas Haden Church debuted on AMC in June 2006 to record numbers for the network. Hill received the DGA award for his work on ‘Broken Trail’ which was nominated for 16 Emmys and won Best Miniseries, Best Lead Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Cast. . He also earned an Emmy Award for Production and a nomination for Outstanding Director of a Motion Picture, Miniseries or Drama Special. Hill’s career began in the early 1970s with screenwriting work for Go away! with Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw, and Detective Harper: Water in the Throat, with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. In 1975, he made his directorial debut with The hero of the road with Charles Bronson and James Coburn. Hill has since chosen a number of projects that have found both niche and mass audiences. In 1979 Hill co-produced The Sci-Fi Blockbuster EXTRATERRESTRIAL, starring Sigourney Weaver and also served as producer or executive producer on all three sequels to the legendary film series. He directed the outstanding hits 48 hours And 48 more hours, both played by Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte. With these movies and others, like The warriors of the night, Silent Swamp Warriorswith Keith Carradine and Powers Boothe, Ancora Vivo – Last Man Standingwith Bruce Willis, Bruce Dern and Christopher Walken, and Johnny the Handsome along with Mickey Rourke and Morgan Freeman, he rose to prominence as one of Hollywood’s leading action filmmakers. Hill began his exploration of the American Western in 1980 when he directed the film nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, The Knights of the Long Shadows with David and Keith Carradine, James and Stacy Keach, Randy Dennis Quaid, Chris Nicholas Guest. This film marks the beginning of his western trilogy, which he continues with Geronimowith Jason Patric, Wes Studi and Gene Hackman and ends in 1995 with wild beak, with Jeff Bridges, Ellen Barkin and John Hurt. Other films made include streets of fire with Michael Paré, Diane Lane and Willem Dafoe, The more you spend… the more you earn! with Richard Pryor and John Candy and the most recent Jimmy Bobo – Bullet to the Head with Sylvester Stallone. For television, Hill served as an executive producer on the series Tales from the Crypt, nominated for an Emmy Award. In 2016, he directed the neo-noir thriller Nemesis, which he co-wrote with Denis Hamill. “Nemesis” stars Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub and Anthony LaPaglia. In addition to his film work, Hill has also written two graphic novels, which have been published in France, “Balles Perdues” and “Corp Et Âme”. The second served as the basis for the film “Nemesis”. For his career as a filmmaker, received by the International Crime Film Festival, France in 2014. Walter Hill was born and raised in Long Beach, California. He and his wife Hildy have lived in Beverly Hills for a long time.
- The original music for “Dead for a Dollar” is by the composer Alexander Rodzinsky to his first cinematographic soundtrack after having composed about twenty short films and the documentary The last ice cream (2020) focused on the Inuit population and its changes reflecting global warming. Rodzinski also set five episodes of the upcoming TV series to music. willow.
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