"Música! and make it sweet, goddammit, or I’ll shoot the band!"
Description: Boothe Powers as drug lord Cash Bailey strikes up the band in the motion picture Extreme Prejudice (1987).
"Somewhere in America, a secret war is being waged. A war of deception. Fought by a phantom army. Now he's the only who stands in there way. Anyone can be the enemy. Nothing is what is seems. And unless he can stop them, everything he stands for is at stake. Nick Nolte...EXTREME PREJUDICE"
Cash Bailey is a ruthless criminal running drugs across the border into the United States along the Texas border. His main adversary is Texas Ranger Jack Benteen (Nick Nolte) who used to be Cash's childhood friend. But a lot has changed since then and now they are deadly rivals.
The two men even have a woman in common, namely, Sarita Cisneros (Maria Chonchita Alonso). She used to by Cash's mistress, then fell in love with Jack Benteen, but after an argument about Jack's Spartan lifestyle, she returns voluntarily with Cash as a hostage to insure that Jack keeps his hands off the Cash's drug operation.
|Jack Benteen:||If it was me, Cash, I'd haul ass. Now that's what I'm telling you. You can haul ass, close up your shop, get out while the gettin's good. Now I'm offering you that.|
|Cash Bailey:||I tell you what I think, Jack. I think maybe I should just give more of my money to charity. Boy Scouts, United Fund, Houston Symphony Orchestra. And maybe you should stop tryin' to be a third generation Ranger with a spit-shine heart.|
|Jack Benteen:||Quit sellin' dope, Cash.|
|Cash Bailey:||You don't understand. They WANT it, Jack! They LIKE the stuff!|
Meanwhile, an elite top-secret paramilitary unit of six men ("The Zombie Unit"), officially listed as dead by the United States government, attack and rob a local bank, Jack suspects Cash Bailey is behind the robbery, but he soon learns the heist was pulled off by Major Paul Hackett (Michael Ironside), whose covert army was funded by the C.I.A. Initially, Hacket claimed to be a DEA agent, but Jack soon learns he is lying.
The failed bank heist led to the capture of two men, who according to military records were dead. The incident makes Benteen ask, "What the hell is the military robbing banks in Texas for?" The explanation: Cash used to be an informant for the CIA and they wanted to get hold of certain "papers" and stealing his money would be icing on the cake. While in custody, Sgt. Declan Coker (Matt Mulhern) one of the two captured soldiers laments, "Here we are space age hi-tech, and we get caught by a stone age cowboy."
Although an explosion during the bank robbery killed two people, Jack makes a deal with the devil and links up with the Hackett's Zombie squad to lead a covert attack on Cash Bailey's Mexican compound. Along for the ride is county sheriff Hank Pearson (Rip Torn), who taught Jack how to be a lawman, ("the only thing worse than a politician is a child molester").
“Funny, ain't it, how it comes around. Right way’s the hardest. Wrong way’s the easiest. Rule of nature, like water seeks the path of least resistance so you get crooked rivers and crooked men.” Sheriff Hank Pearson [to Jack Benteen]
At one point, Jack enters Mexico on his own and warns Cash, "I catch you in Benrey, Cash, you're dead. Hear? You cross that border, your ass is mine." Cash, who had offered Jack a bribe of one hundred thousand dollars a year, (which Jack refused) barks back, "Don't push me, FRIEND. You're on the wrong side of the river and your badge don't mean shit here. Jack pulls out a gun from beneath his Poncho and snarls, "If I pull this trigger, you'll be bloody ribbons. Does THAT mean shit here?"
As they part, Cash Bailey says "You know, Jack. I got a feeling the next time we run into each other, we gonna have a killin'. Just a feeling."
Before the planned attack on the Bailey's home base in Mexico, Sgt. Larry McRose (Clancy Brown) ponders, "Very unusual...ordering the termination of an American civilian peace officer clearly loyal to the country and in the process of bringing a known criminal to justice." His commanding officer, Paul Hackett snarls and tells the soldier to just "follow orders."
On the topic of following orders, Sgt. Buck Atwater (William Forsythe) says, "You know what I think, man? I think we're heroes and heroes need a cause, man. Only nowadays everything's so damn messed up. Ain't nobody can see anything clear anymore. So I support my country, man, that's what I got. I got my country and I got my buddies and that's it. I don't ask no questions."
"I liked him, too. I honest to Christ really did like old Jesus 'til yesterday's account come up short." Cash Bailey [after shooting his bookkeeper]
In the end, Jack Jack discovers that Major Paul Hackett is Cash's partner. A huge firefight ensues with few surviving, among them, Jack and Sarita.