A gangster turned informer, who thinks that he can enjoy his early retirement in Spain, is kidnapped and ‘escorted’ towards Paris to face his ex-colleagues.
John Hurt and Tim Roth play the villains and Terence Stamp the East End informer-gangster now turned philosopher. Fernando Rey startles as a Spanish police officer who always arrives just in time to mutter over the dead bodies.
Early on in the film there is some crazy driving around Almodovar, and its castle can be seen in the distance.
On the way to France, there is an obligatory stop at the windmills of Consuegra, Ciudad Real, maintained mainly for Don Quijote enthusiasts.
The excellent music is by flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, with an opening blues track by Eric Clapton.