Director Bill L. Norton
Year 1972
Starring Kris Kristofferson, Karen Black, Gene Hackman, Harry Dean Stanton
Run Time 95min
More Info IMDb

Screening in 35mm as part of the series NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE: CRIME IN THE SEVENTIES.

Kris Kristofferson, in his debut film appearance, plays the world-weary Cisco Pike, a faded rock star and ex-con armed only with a squint, stagger, boots and perfectly tousled locks. His dreams of a better life are dashed when a frighteningly high-strung crooked cop (played brilliantly by Gene Hackman) blackmails Cisco; he must sell a briefcase full of hash in just 48 hours, or go back to jail.

CISCO PIKE is not a thriller but a character study and a snapshot of a time now past. It’s episodic and an odyssey through a vanished world. It's about the romantic quest for meaning and identity as all the old realities crumble away. It's one long, gloriously casual unveiling of all manner of laid back Venice Beach weirdos — including Texas' own Doug Sahm, Joy Bang, Antonio “Huggy Bear” Fargas, Warhol superstar Viva, and Harry Dean Stanton in one of his all-time greatest roles.

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