Cisco Pike Blu-ray Review – Kris Kristofferson takes us on a trip of 70s L.A

It’s time to take a look at one of Powerhouse Films latest offerings. This one stars Kris Kristofferson as Cisco Pike a musician turned dope dealer. The supporting cast isn’t half bad either with Gene Hackman, Karen Black and Harry Dean Stanton all playing key roles.

With that cast it should be worth a look and it is. Let’s find out who Cisco Pike really is and what his story is all about, so without further ado here’s my Cisco Pike blu-ray review.

Cisco Pike Blu-ray Review
  • Cisco Pike (1972)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Directed by Bill L. Norton
  • UK Rating 15
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Powerhouse Films aka Indicator
  • Blu-ray Released: 25 May 2020


Cisco Pike (Kris Kristofferson) is a musician / dope dealer. However he’s decided to quit dealing and concentrate solely on his music. Despite this desire which is supported by his girlfriend Sue (Karen Black), Detective Leo Holland (Gene Hackman) has other ideas. In fact Cisco doesn’t know if Leo is playing him or is on the level.

Style / Direction

The film was directed by Bill L. Norton whilst Vilis Lapenieks took care of the cinematography. Overall Cisco Pike is a well made movie with the story moving along at a good pace.

Music / Audio Effects

The music is provided by Kris Kristofferson through several songs which really does add to the film’s overall narrative.

Acting / Characters

I was impressed by all of the main actors performances but its Kris Kristofferson that really draws you into the story. He plays the title character extremely well especially in scenes with Hackman, Black and Stanton. I really can’t fault any of the acting on show.


  • Kris Kristofferson as Cisco Pike
  • Gene Hackman as Detective Leo Holland
  • Karen Black as Sue
  • Harry Dean Stanton as Jesse Dupre
  • Doug Sahm as Rex
  • Viva as Mirna
  • Joy Bang as Joyce
  • Antonio Fargas as Brother Buffalo
  • Roscoe Lee Brown as pawnshop owner

Conclusion: Cisco Pike (1972) Film Review

Having never seen Cisco Pike before this new Powerhouse Films blu-ray release I found myself pleasantly surprised by just how enjoyable a movie it is. The film has a nice flow and its easy going progression of the narrative is reflected by the amount of drugs either in use of being dealt. It really does tell its story very well and I highly recommend giving it a look.

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Another terrific Blu-ray release from Powerhouse Films

Conclusion: Cisco Pike Blu-ray Review

This is yet another terrific blu-ray release from Powerhouse’s Indicator label. There nothing to complain about in terms of the picture quality which is simply fabulous.

As you might expect with an Indicator release the extras are simply superb. I recommend giving them all a look/listen. As a movie fan I love seeing what the locations look like now which is fortunate as included in the extras is a ‘Then & Now’. It takes a look at some of the main locations used in the film.


  • Audio Commentary with Bill L Norton / Elijah Drenner
  • Walking Contraditions Cisco Pike Then & Now (10 mins)
  • Kier-La Jannisse: Ode to Joy (43 mins)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Image Gallery

Popcorn Cinema Rating: Cisco Pike (1972)




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Cisco Pike Blu-ray Review

Cisco Pike (1972) Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip NOT be representative of the Blu-ray version

That concludes my Cisco Pike blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more classic movies soon. What’s next? Check back soon…

What Do You Think?
Summary: Cisco Pike (1972) Blu-ray Review
Cisco Pike Blu-ray Review

Movie title: Cisco Pike (1972)

Movie description: Cisco Pike (Kris Kristofferson) is a musician / dope dealer intent on quitting the business. Bluray released bt Powerhouse Films aka Indicator

Duration: 94 mins

Director(s): Bill L. Norton

Actor(s): Kris Kristofferson, Gene Hackman, Karen Black, Harry Dean Stanton, Joy Bang,

Genre: Drama

  • Movie Rating
  • Blu-ray Picture Rating
  • Extras


An intriguing trip around 70s Los Angeles along with a fabulous soundtrack.


  • Good Story
  • Top Acting
  • Fabulous Soundtrack
  • Outstanding Blu-ray Release


  • None