My Favorite Walter Hill Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Southern Comfort (1981)

2.   Deadwood – Season 1 (2004)
2a. Episode: “Pilot”
(Cable/Television)

3.   The Warriors (1979)

4.   Hard Times (1975)

5.   The Driver (1978)

6.   The Long Riders (1980)

* * * * (Out of * * * *) (Short Cinema)

1.   Tales from the Crypt (1990)
1a. Episode: “Cutting Cards”)
(Cable/Television)

2.   Tales from the Crypt (1989)
2a. Episode: “The Man Who Was Death”
(Cable/Television)

3.   Tales from the Crypt (1991)
3a. Episode: “Deadline”
(Cable/Television)

* * * 1/2 (Out of * * * *)

1.   48 Hrs. (1982)

2.   Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)

3.   Wild Bill (1995)

4.   Broken Trail (2006)
(Miniseries)
(Cable/Television)

15 thoughts on “My Favorite Walter Hill Films

  1. I’ve got a few favourites amongst this selection: Southern Comfort, The Long Riders, hard Times. I was wondering where you stood on The Warriors. Do you prefer the original cut or the newer director’s cut with the animated transitions and Walter Hill narration?

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  2. Relating to your question about which version of The Warriors I prefer, my answer would be the original cut. That is not to say that I do not care for the director’s cut, but the only difference there (at least based on what I have seen) is you see those comic book like cutaways (“animation transitions” in your words) in key scenes. Nevertheless, both versions are great in my book. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  3. Walter Hill is a highly underrated action filmmaker. For me, he came off as a modern day Anthony Mann, Budd Boetticher or Phil Karlson during his peak years. Interesting piece of trivia: the legendary John Wayne originally wanted Walter Hill to direct The Shootist for me because he was so impressed with Hard Times. The reason Hill turned it down was because he did not want to see one of his favorite actors die on screen. Fascinating isn’t it? 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by and I love your comments 🙂

  4. I so agree with your picking of “Southern Comfort”!! Man,that was an awesome film and really put Powers Boothe on the Hollywood map. The suspense is gripping and that ending is haunting as well. I’m also a fan of “Last Man Standing” because the score by Ry Cooder and the fact Kurosawa gave Hill his blessing to remake “Yojimbo”. Its blistering violent but I thought it was well done.

  5. Speaking of Southern Comfort, I really loved how the film used that one song that band was playing during that climax where the characters of Keith Carradine and Powers Boothe are about to get confronted by the cajuns, who still remember that firing shot from one of their team members from earlier. As for Last Man Standing, that was very good and Ry Cooder is just a legend in my book. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  6. Sorry for the late response Pam, it has been hectic these past few days. But yes, I would be thrilled to do a joint collaboration with you on his work. Should we e-mail each other back and forth and I can post the result on my web site or how would you like to do it? 🙂

  7. Obviously for me The Warriors would be on top for the reason’s you have read in my Warriors article last week.
    The Long Riders would jump above Streets Of Fire. I watched that for the first time this month and just didn’t gel with it. Red Heat and Last Man Standing are pretty good fun but haven’t aged that well I think.
    Little factoid which I sure you know but if you didn’t it’s a good one, Walter Hill is credited on all the Alien films from good to bad 🙂

  8. Oh yeah, I knew that about Walter Hill 🙂 You will be happy to know that the more I think about it, the more I became convinced to place The Long Riders above Streets of Fire as well and now that I think about it, I always felt that Streets of Fire and 48 Hrs. were more very good films then they were great, but that is close. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

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