Cisco Pike

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Cisco Pike
Cisco Pike poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bill L. Norton
Produced by Gerald Ayres
Written by Bill L. Norton
Starring Kris Kristofferson
Gene Hackman
Karen Black
Harry Dean Stanton
Doug Sahm
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • January 14, 1972 (1972-01-14)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Cisco Pike is a 1972 drama written and directed by Bill L. Norton. It stars Kris Kristofferson as a musician fallen on hard luck who turns to dealing marijuana as a means of income. The film also stars Karen Black, Harry Dean Stanton, Antonio Fargas, Gene Hackman, Viva, and Texas musician Doug Sahm.

This film was not widely embraced by audiences on its initial release but has become a cult movie. Much of its cult status comes from fans of Kris Kristofferson and Doug Sahm, but it also carries a cult status to some because of its dated (and unintentionally funny[citation needed]) take on the subject of drugs, dealers, and the lifestyle they lead.


The film centers on Cisco Pike (played by Kris Kristofferson), an out-of-luck and out-of-work musician, and Sergeant Leo Holland (played by Gene Hackman). Cisco is a former drug dealer who has been busted several times by Sgt. Holland, and one night Holland comes to the door and demands that Cisco move a large amount of marijuana for him or suffer jail.

Cisco has several misadventures selling the marijuana, meets up with Doug Sahm at a recording studio, has his friend Jesse Dupree visit (played by Harry Dean Stanton, billed as H.D. Stanton for this film), meets a pregnant rich girl and her friend, and tries to make good with the Sergeant in the time allotted to him.


The movie was filmed in and around Hollywood, including a concert scene at the Troubador Club in West Hollywood. Numerous scenes were also filmed in Venice, California.



The soundtrack has most of Kristofferson's The Silver Tongued Devil and I album, and a song by Doug Sahm, along with the Sonny Terry/Brownie McGhee song "Hootin' and Hollerin'"

DVD Availability[edit]

The film is available on DVD (R1) from Sony Pictures.

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