Walter Hill is saddling up for another Western, set on the Mexican borderlands in 1897. I’m in, of course.
Hill is our kinda people. He is a frontier storyteller. He directed The Long Riders and Geronimo: An American Legend. He long ago copped to the fact that everything he does is a Western, regardless of its “official” genre. A couple of years ago, I posted on his delightful spoken word piece on the Newton General Massacre of August 19-20, 1871. Maybe I’ll pull that out for another listen…
Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) and Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man) are set to star in Western thriller Dead For a Dollar from legendary filmmaker and Western aficionado Walter Hill (The Warriors).
The story will follow Max Borlund (Waltz), a famed bounty hunter, hired to find and return Rachel Price, the politically progressive wife of Nathan Price, a successful Santa Fe businessman. Max is told she has been kidnapped by an African American army deserter, Elijah Jones, and is being held for ransom in Mexico. When Max goes south of the border he soon runs across his sworn enemy, expatriate American Joe Cribbens (Dafoe), a professional gambler, sometime outlaw, who Max had tracked down and sent to prison years before.
When Borlund finds Rachel and Elijah hiding deep in the wilds of the Mexican desert, he discovers that Rachel has willingly fled from an abusive husband, and the runaway soldier is, in fact, her romantic partner. Max is now faced with a dilemma: does he return the wife back across the border to the man who hired him, or does he aid Rachel’s bid for freedom and fight off ruthless hired guns and his longtime criminal rival.
Yes, this does sound familiar. Hill is taking a page or two out of the script for The Professionals and giving it a twist. It oughta be fun watching Waltz and Dafoe go toe-to-toe. Like I said, I’m in.