Terence Stamp is Willie, a gangster’s henchman turned “supergrass” (informer) trying to live in peaceful hiding in a remote Spanish village. Sun-dappled bliss turns to nerve-racking suspense, however, when two hit men—played by a soulless John Hurt and a youthful, loose-cannon Tim Roth—come calling to bring Willie back for execution. This stylish early gem from Stephen Frears boasts terrific hard-boiled performances from a roster of England’s best actors, music by Eric Clapton and virtuoso flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía, and ravishing photography of its desolate Spanish locations—a splendid backdrop for a rather sordid story.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
• High-definition digital restoration, approved by director of photography Mike Molloy, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
• Audio commentary from 2009 featuring director Stephen Frears, actors John Hurt and Tim Roth, screenwriter Peter Prince, and editor Mick Audsley
• Interview from 1988 with actor Terence Stamp from the television show Parkinson One-to-One
• English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• PLUS: An essay by film critic Graham Fuller