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Cisco Pike (1972)

R | | Drama | 29 May 1972 (Denmark)
A down on his luck former drug dealer is forced by a corrupt LAPD policeman to sell 100 kilos of confiscated marijuana in one weekend.

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Bill Norton (as B.L. Norton)

Writer:

Bill Norton (as B.L. Norton)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kris Kristofferson ... Cisco Pike
Karen Black ... Sue
Gene Hackman ... Officer Leo Holland
Harry Dean Stanton ... Jesse Dupre (as H.D. Stanton)
Viva ... Merna
Joy Bang ... Lynn
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Music Store Owner
Chuy Franco Chuy Franco ... Mexican Man
Severn Darden ... Lawyer
Herb Weil Herb Weil ... Suspicious Customer
Antonio Fargas ... Buffalo
Doug Sahm Doug Sahm ... Rex (as Douglas Sahm)
Howard Hesseman ... Recording Engineer (as Don Sturdy)
Allan Arbus ... Sim Valensi (as Alan Arbus)
Frank Hotchkiss Frank Hotchkiss ... Motorcycle Officer
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Storyline

Cisco is an ex-rock star, famous in the 1960s, whose life and career has been a mess because of drugs. Now with a pregnant girlfriend he has a chance to start a new life. A corrupt cop, Leo Holland, blackmails Cisco to sell marijuana for him. Cisco has one weekend to sell it to his friends. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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NO WAY OUT FOR CISCO PIKE! He's trapped between the crooked cop and the impossible deadline. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1972 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Dealer See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Went into production under the title " Dealer". See more »

Goofs

Crew with black pants and red shirt reflected in the brown station wagon, 26 minutes into the movie, after Cisco's montage of selling the packages. He meets a guy at a housing construction site. See more »

Quotes

Jesse Dupre: [looking at two girls] Oh wow, man. Long time.
Cisco Pike: Same though, ain't it?
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Soundtracks

Michoacan
Written by Atwood Allen (as A. Allen) and Kim Fowley (as K. Fowley)
Performed by Sir Douglas Quintet
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Jeez, you kids sure need a history lesson
5 April 2010 | by vancelongwellSee all my reviews

I've never seen so many reviews miss the mark so entirely. It's important to understand that this is mainstream money behind a bleeding- edge art-flick of it's day. Kristoferson was reviled by the mainstream. Truly loathed. It's one of the reasons his star never quite took-off. Seriously, having one of his albums back in those days would have had your folks shipping you off to boarding school.

Many are characterizing this as "down-beat", "low-key", one person even said, "humerous melodrama". Wrong. The aloof demeanor of Kristoferson's character is just how Kristoferson was. That lumbering meter was omnipresent in films of the day. He wasn't intoxicated, or leastwise effected by it, that was just what passed for kool in those days kids. Those guys grew up on Gary Cooper and the strong-silent type was the guy every kid emulated. This was disingenuous coming from a long-haired California kid. Part of the reason he was so hated.

The copyright date in the film says 1971. Hackman's character was driving a car depicted as a police cruiser and it was a '70 model. Also, Kristoferson's character rents a car at one point, and it's a '71. So I'm guessing this film is early '72 at the latest and not '79 like the info says.

Anyway. This is an incredibly enjoyable watch. 'Play Misty for me', Clint Eastwood's directorial debut is a better look at the early 70s. That came out in '70 as a matter of fact. To me LA was just a set along with the period in Cisco Pike. Again I think there are way better cultural history tours of the time. This was fantastically directed, and if often poorly lit, was cinematographically quite professional looking. The script is tight with great dialog that dates well but it moves a little fast. They needed about 10 more scenes in the film to flesh it out a little. Probably budget issues.


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