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The Western, ever on the verge of extinction, seems to get revived once a year. This year, it was Ed Harris's Appaloosa. Last year, it was 3:10 to Yuma. And the year before that, there was Broken Trail.
Though best known for writing and directing the 1982 blockbuster 48 Hrs. and the cultishly revered The Warriors, director Walter Hill may have done more than anyone but Clint Eastwood to keep the genre alive and relevant for today's audience. His movie career took off when he wrote the screenplay for 1972's The Getaway (fittingly directed by Western trailblazer Sam Peckinpah). Fast forward eight years later, Hill had taken on directing a Western of his own with The Long Riders. After that, he was hooked.
What followed (when he wasn't doing Another 48 Hours or the Aliens franchise) were more Westerns such as Extreme Prejudice (1987), Geronimo: An American Legend (1993), Wild Bill (1995) and the aforementioned Broken Trail. Heck, Hill even directed an episode of Deadwood (2004) and slipped in a producer's credit for that Western curio Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985). And while he's gone on to work on scifi (Supernova), comedy (Brewster's Millions), and neo-noir (Johnny Handsome), Hill has his own thoughts on what binds his work together: "Every film I've done has been a Western."
Want to see an example of his handiwork? Click here for a full schedule of Geronimo: An American Legend on AMC.