The Anderson Tapes is Chris' first movie from a major studio. It was directed by Sidney Lumet and stars Sean Connery and Martin Balsam.
Walken's character is widely known as "The Kid", but in the beginning of the flick, we hear a jailer calling him by Kurt Spencer.
His first main role. The Mind Snatchers is a genuine idependent B-movie. In the cast are also Joss Ackland (The Sicilian), Ralph Meeker (Kiss me Deadly) and Ronny Cox (RoboCop).
Walken lives the wild Pvt. James H. Reese.
As the infamous Annie's brother, Duane Hall, Chris has a short participation, but his monologue scene is definitely remarkable:
— "I tell you this because, as an artist, I think you'll understand. Sometimes when I'm driving ... on the road at night... I see two headlights coming toward me. Fast. I have this sudden impulse to turn the wheel quickly, head-on into the oncoming car. I can anticipate the explosion. The sound of shattering glass. The ... flames rising out of the flowing gasoline."
At the age of 35 Chris won an Oscar for his supporting acting role in The Deer Hunter as the sensitive Nick.
Journalist Janet Maslin from The New York Times wrote in her 1978 article: "His performance is so utterly persuasive that his own parents, after watching the film and its brutal finale, rushed off to a telephone to make sure their son was still in one piece."
As Eckart, boss of Roy Scheider's character, Walken just appears once in the whole movie. Directed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs). A few years later they worked together in Who Am I This Time?, an episode from American Playhouse.
Walken portrays the melancholic and mysterious Nathan D. Champion in the unfairly criticized and rejected Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate. It's the second collaboration between the actor and the director.
Soldier Jamie Shannon is hired to make a recon in Zangaro, a fictional african republic ruled by a cruel dictator. Back in America after being caught and tortured he is convinced to organize an overthrow to free that country's people.
Scientist Michael Brace alongside his partner Lillian Reynolds (Louise Fletcher) have developed a revolutionary device which allows anyone to experience other people's sensations. At the same time he's dealing with a crisis in his marriage with Karen (Natalie Wood). Furthermore some nasty government types are interested in the invention.
Directed by canadian auteur David Cronenberg, Walken is the protagonist Johnny Smith, which suffers a car accident and enters in coma waking up 5 years later. The movie script is based on the book written by Stephen King.
Brad Whitewood is a seductive thief who takes a glamorous life. His son, Jr. (Sean Penn), wants to be like his old man. But not everything is exactly what it seems and sooner or later this guy will realize it.
Don Stevens is an indifferent, unbiased network news reporter who goes to Beirut to cover the lebanese war. Apparently he doesn't take this job too seriously, until he is offered an exclusive interview with a highly placed PLO boss.
— "My father was a very big man. All his life he wore a black moustache. When it turned grey he used a little brush to keep it black, such as ladies use for their eyes - mascara. Everyone was afraid of him. My mother, my four sisters. At the dining table you could not speak unless spoken to first by my father. But he loved me. I was his favourite." (Robert)
— "I'm the Anti-Christ. You got me in a vendetta kind of mood, you will tell the angels in heaven that you had never seen pure evil so singularly personified as you did in the face of the man who killed you. My name is Vincenzo Coccotti."
Kim Ulander, a businessman whose business is unknown, is asked to finance a project by a would-be Hollywood producer. It happens that in the course of time Kim is turning out to be an unbalanced fella.
"In God we trust" version of Walken, Bill Hill is looking forward to get into religious business after testifying a miracle by a good looking young monk. Touch flags the second time that Walken works with Paul Schrader.
— "They say I like nothing. It's not true. I like chocolate and Caravaggio." (Bevalaqua)
About his part he said: "In America on television on 'Saturday Night Live', I play a character sometimes called 'The Continental' and I felt this job [of Bevalaqua] came quickly and I'm not much of a student of life so I just decided to do a kind of extension of 'The Continental'. He's a bizarre man... this was an opportunity to play someone who was very vulnerable and funny. Of course it was a very good part. Not the kind of part that I get too much."
A comprehensive retrospect on Christopher Walken movie career through the years.