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The Walker a.k.a. “O Acompanhante,” “Entrika”

MPAA Rating: R for language, some violent material and nude images
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Drama
Length:
1 hr. 48 min.
Year of Release:
2007
USA Release:
December 7, 2007; DVD release: May 27, 2008
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Featuring: Woody Harrelson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall, Willem Dafoe, Ned Beatty, Lily Tomlin, Moritz Bleibtreu, Mary Beth Hurt
Director: Paul Schrader
Producer: Willi Bär, Steve Christian, James Clayton, Deepak Nayar, Johnnie Planco, Alan Poul, Duncan Reid, Paul Sarony, Neal Stevens
Distributor: Thinkfilm

“Everyone loves a good scandal.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “A contemporary drama set in Washington, D.C., ‘The Walker’ centers around Carter Page (Harrelson), a well-heeled and popular socialite who serves as confidant, companion, and card partner to some of the capitol’s leading ladies. These pampered women are married to the most powerful men in America, and when their husbands are too busy running the country to attend to their wives, they turn to their ‘gay best friend,’ Carter, for warmth, wit, and wisdom. Carter’s loyalty is tested when his dearest friend (Scott Thomas) finds herself on the brink of a scandal that could destroy her reputation and her husband’s career. Offering to cover for her, Carter suppresses incriminating evidence, only to find himself the chief suspect in a criminal investigation.

Suddenly, this well-connected man-about-town is a pariah, hounded by the police and forced to find the true culprit and clear his name. More importantly, he must re-examine whether it is important to be accepted by a society based on betrayal, hypocrisy, and corruption.

A tale of moral redemption that takes the form of a mystery-thriller, ‘The Walker’ is the third part of Schrader’s ‘lonely man’ trilogy that began with ‘American Gigolo’ (1980) and also includes ‘Light Sleeper’ (1992).”

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Movie Critics
…Now we know why this slow-moving drama isn’t called ‘The Runner’… if you thought the phrase ‘murder mystery’ is a guaranteed indicator of excitement and intrigue, well, you thought wrong
—Matt Pais, Chicago Tribune
…portrays contemporary Washington as a cesspool of soullessness, hypocrisy, greed and antiquated social attitudes… If it is all overdone, that’s how Mr. Schrader likes his decadence; ripe and toxic…
—Stephen Holden, The New York Times
…This is a film he [Paul Schrader] has spent the best part of 30 years trying (and mostly failing) to make with little commercial backing. He has done wonders with a miniscule budget. …
—James Christopher, The Times of London
…even if this isn’t Schrader’s best, it’s hardly his worst, and modestly budgeted pic should break even with limited release in urban burgs…
—Leslie Felperin, Variety
…the film is talky, unhurried, contains little action and shows more interest in how characters think and behave than in its plot… Woody Harrelson shines in this unusual peek into Washington society. …
—Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter