My favorite was his part in "Straight Shooter". Only he could have played that role.
I don't think I've seen that one. What's it about?
A German, formerly in the French Foreign Legion, has his daughter die from radiation sickness and his wife commit suicide. He goes nuts and starts to assassinate all of the political officials who had anything to do with it. The German police cannot catch the guy, so they bring in the man who trained him (Hopper) with the help of the CIA. It turns out that Hopper made "Straight Shooter" into what he was in more ways than one, and Hopper starts to realize that all of this is his fault.
It is somewhat an anti-nuclear and anti-war film. The daughter dies because of leakage from a nuclear reactor built pretty much next to a residential area. Germany does not have vast tracks of nothing to put them in like we do over here. It also shows how difficult it is for men who have spent their whole lives training and engaged in war to adjust to peace and civilian life. One powerful part of the movie is after one of the assassinations, the prime minister looks around at the destruction and in shock and revulsion asks what kind of person does these things. Hopper tells her that it is war. It is implied that perhaps the politicians should get a good look at it, since they are the ones that cause it.
I liked the movie because, unlike the senseless violence for the sake of entertainment that is prevalent in most American movies, this one made me think and question many of my own beliefs. Winston Churchill once said, paraphrasing Orwell, "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." Orwell wrote of Kipling that Kipling's "grasp of function, of who protects whom, is very sound. He sees clearly that men can only be highly civilized while other men, inevitably less civilized, are there to guard and feed them." Orwell also wrote, "Those who ‘abjure’ violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf". This is a topic that has come up on this board. The movie "Straight Shooter" somewhat asks the question as to what happens when one of these "rough men" forgets who he is supposed to protect.