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The Walker

This article is about the 2007 film. For the 1987 film, see Walker (film). For other uses, see Walker (disambiguation).
The Walker
File:The Walker poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Paul Schrader
Produced by Deepak Nayar
Written by Paul Schrader
Starring Woody Harrelson
Kristin Scott Thomas
Lauren Bacall
Ned Beatty
Lily Tomlin
Willem Dafoe
Moritz Bleibtreu
Mary Beth Hurt
Music by Anne Dudley
Cinematography Chris Seager
Edited by Julian Rodd
Distributed by Kintop Pictures
Release dates
  • 13 February 2007 (2007-02-13) (Berlin International Film Festival)
  • 10 August 2007 (2007-08-10) (United Kingdom)
  • November 2007 (2007-11) (United States)
Running time
107 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English

The Walker is a 2007 American-British drama film written and directed by Paul Schrader. It is an independent production and is the latest installment in Schrader's night workers series of films, starting with Taxi Driver in 1976, followed by American Gigolo in 1980 and Light Sleeper in 1992.


Carter Page III (Harrelson), a middle-aged gay man in Washington, D. C., is a "walker", a single man who escorts other men's wives to social events so the husbands do not have to. One of the women he escorts, Lynn Lockner (Scott Thomas), is the wife of a United States senator and is carrying on an affair with a lobbyist. When she finds the lobbyist murdered, she embroils Carter in an investigation that leads to the highest levels of the federal government.



Schrader completed the script for The Walker in 2002. Initially the film was to be a direct sequel to American Gigolo, with Julian Kaye (played by Richard Gere) as the lead character. The director originally wanted Kevin Kline to play the lead.[1]

Critical reception

The film received positive reviews in its premiere run in the Berlin, Sydney, and Cambridge film festivals. The Walker was released direct-to-DVD but played in an independent film theater for two weeks in Dorris, California. The film received mixed reviews from critics. As of December 7, 2007, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 51 percent of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 39 reviews.[2] On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 55 out of 100, based on seven reviews.[3]


  1. "The American gigolo comes out". The Advocate. 2002-09-17. p. 20. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  2. "The Walker - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  3. "Walker, The (2007): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 

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