Published Screenplays


The Screenplay by Rudy Wurlitzer

Published in the Witness Journal, Volume 1, Number 4, Winter 1987, Farmington Hills, MI

Film directed by Alex Cox

With contributions by Richard Elman, Tomislav Longinovic, Carol Ascher, Robert Coover, Askold Melnyczuk, Stephen Dixon, John Domini, Mario Cajini-Vega, Martin Steingesser, Ed Harris, Albert Z Carr, Lynn Davis, Tom Collins and Susan Meiseles

In the five years before the Civil War, he was the most famous man in America. Today, he is still famous throughout Latin America — as the most notorious of the gringos malos. A doctor, lawyer and newspaper publisher, William Walker religiously fought slavery in New Orleans, attacked corrupt city officials in San Francisco, and was a great advocate of women’s liberation and the Monroe Doctrine. Filled with dreams of a mighty America stretching from sea to shining sea, he led fifty-eight ragtag freebooters to Nicaragua, exploited haphazard politics, waged war, and became president of the country. Two years later, the mood of the United States (and the business interests of Cornelius Vanderbilt) had reversed; William Walker was captured and eventually executed by a Honduran firing squad.

The Universal motion picture was shot on location with the full cooperation of the Nicaraguan government. Walker is the shocking story of a turbulent American dream gone off the wire. The book includes notes from Ed Harris’s production journals, excerpts from Walker’s autobiography, an interview with director Alex Cox (whose other films include Repo Man and Sid & Nancy), the outstanding biography by historian Albert Z. Carr, and spectacular photographs of the film, the country, the people and the wars of Nicaragua by Lynn Davis, Tom Collins and Susan Meiseles. Walker is an exploration of the entire astonishing history of America’s Nicaragua — then and now.

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Rudolph Wurlitzer's screenplay of the explosive MGM film starring James Coburn and Kris Kristofferson.

Published by Signet Film Series, New American Library, New York, 1973

Screenplay by Rudolph Wurlitzer

Directed by Sam Peckinpah

"One day two old friends turned around and aimed at each other. Of all the legends of the Old West, theirs was the most violent . . .

There was a price on his head — In the violent West that spawned him, his deeds of daring and blood made his name a terror. Now he was on the run from the man who had once been his friend. Destiny brought them together in a dusty village to act out a bloody scene that has lived on in legend . . . Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid."

Eight pages of exclusive photos

Two-Lane Blacktop

The Universal Picture starring James Taylor, Warren Oates, Laurie Bird and Dennis Wilson

Screenplay by Rudolph Wurlitzer and Will Corry, Story by Will Corry.

Directed by Monte Hellman

Published by Award Books, New York, 1971

It is a tragedy about street racers which stars enormously popular soft rock singer James Taylor. It is an existential story of four nameless people, outlaws of the night performing their reason for existence on a quarter-mile stretch of any two-lane blacktop at any hour between midnight and dawn.

"The Movie of the Year. The first movie worth reading." — Esquire Magazine

Eight pages of photographs from the hard-hitting smash motion picture!.