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


Carter Page III, a middle-aged gay man in Washington, D.marker C.marker is a "walker", a single man who escorts other mens' wives to social events so the husbands do not have to. One of the women he escorts, Lynn Lockner, 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.

Principal cast


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.

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 because of poor ratings but played in an independent film theater for two weeks in Dorris, Californiamarker. 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. On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 55 out of 100, based on seven reviews.


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