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Brand New 4K Restoration – Supervised by the Film’s Director! From the director of Repo Man, Sid and Nancy, Straight to Hell and Walker comes “Maverick Director Alex Cox’s Finest Film to Date” (Los Angeles Times). Against his father’s wishes, Pedro (Roberto Sosa, Man on Fire), a naive kid from Mexico City, joins the Federal Highway Patrol. His simple desire to do good rapidly comes into conflict with the reality of police work in a lonely rural environment populated by poor farmers, rich drug dealers, beautiful women–and his father’s ghost. The wonderful cast includes Bruno Bichir (Sicario: Day of the Soldado), Vanessa Bauche (Amores Perros), Ernesto Gomez Cruz (The Crime of Padre Amaro), Mike Moroff (From Dusk Till Dawn) and Pedro Armendariz Jr. (Once Upon a Time in Mexico).

As embodied by Alan Bates, Butley falls back on the surgically precise wit and savage eloquence that helped put him in his current circumstances in the first place. The blitzkrieg of vitriolic commentary with which Butley engages lovers, students, rivals, and allies, all with equal ferocity, becomes a glass bottom boat illuminating the churning depths of his bankrupted soul. Acclaimed playwright Harold Pinter, in what Time Magazine hailed as “a quite superior directorial debut,” turns author Simon Gray’s single-set, dialogue driven stage play into an irresistible dynamic visual experience that tracks Bates’ hilarious and fearless performance with cunning precision.

Bates and an expert supporting cast, including Oscar® winner Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy), joust with a sly, self-referencing wit and an unselfconscious exuberance that is breathtaking. With every verbal parry and valedictory flourish of wordplay, Butley’s life becomes more of an inescapable bear trap of thwarted ambition, clandestine affection, and squandered brilliance.

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  • 2018 intro by Alex Cox
  • Audio Commentary by director Alex Cox and writer/producer Lorenzo O’Brien
  • Patrulleros & Patrulleras – Featurette (35:48)
  • Edge City – Short film by Alex Cox -aka- “Sleep Is for Sissies” (35:47)
  • From Edge City to Mapimi – Featurette (5:31)
  • Even Stones Bleed Out Here: Highway Patrolman Rides Again – Limited Edition Booklet Essay by Simon Abrams
  • 2018 Re-release Trailer
  • Newly Commissioned Art by Jacob Phillips
  • Year: 1991
  • Running Time: 104
  • Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
  • Color Type: Color
  • Country: U.S.
  • Language: English
Actors:

Roberto Sosa
Bruno Bichir
Vanessa Bauche
Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez
Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
Mike Moroff
Ernesto Gómez Cruz

Directed by Alex Cox

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