Cinema: Blood Ample EXTREME PREJUDICE

Directed by Walter Hill Screenplay by Deric Washburn and Harry Kleiner

The Sam Peckinpah Memorial Prize, named after the late, occasionally great director (The Wild Bunch, Ride the High Country), is awarded -- on an erratic basis, naturally -- to filmmakers whose works include the following elements:

-- A cool encounter with at least one highly symbolic scorpion.

-- An assemblage of highly trained killers whose simple loyalty to their craft and to one another makes them easy prey to criminals who are merely mercenary.

-- Penetration by the above named, among others, of a bandido lair in Mexico where everyone needs a shave and lessons in the safe handling of firearms.

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