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Border Cop (1980)

The Border (original title)
US Border Patrol agent Frank Cooper is keeping a fine balance between doing his duty and empathizing with illegal Mexican border jumpers in 1970s California.

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Frank Cooper
Danny De La Paz ...
Benny Romero
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Moffat
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Chico Suarez
Cecilia Camacho ...
Leina Romero
Robin Clarke ...
Officer Eddie Hale
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Hippie Girl
Herman Blood ...
Chivo
Noé Murayama ...
Mosca (as Noe Murayama)
Harry Madsen ...
Patrol Harold Fisk
Guillermo Vega ...
Paco
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Surfer
Ricardo Frera ...
Ramon
Josefina Echánove ...
Whore (as Josefina Echanove)
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Whore
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In late 1970s California U.S.Border Patrol agent Frank Cooper is trying hard to be fair.He is keeping a fine balance between honestly doing his duty and empathizing with many of the illegal Mexican border jumpers who cross his path.Cooper personally knows some of the repeat offenders and empathizes with them.He knows that many poor Mexican border jumpers come to the USA to work for small wages to help their families left behind in Mexico.Cooper bears no grudge against these helpless unfortunates but he also knows that he took an oath and must do his duty with honor.He tries to help some of the illegals without breaking the law.But Cooper faces two major obstacles in the person of his boss Moffat who's corrupt and that of the local human smuggler Suarez who is prepared to kill anyone interfering with his activities. Written by nufs68

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Where the law crosses the line.

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This picture represents one of a handful of films released during the 1980s that had the word Border forming part of the title and examining immigration across the Mexico-USA border, many dealing with issues relating to corruption, profiteering, border protection and illegal immigration. The movies included The Border (1982), Borderline (1980), Border Heat (aka Deadly Stranger (1988)), Border Radio (1987) and Border Cop (1980) (aka aka The Blood Barrier aka The Border aka The Border, USA). See more »

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After Benny Romero is beaten up, knifed in the back and had his face razor bladed in the saloon fight with the Suarez henchman, the next scene shows him coming off the truck at Suarez' place, and his face is unmarked and clean, showing no sign of the fight. See more »

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Frank Cooper: Compassion? If I had compassion I'd stick a .357 up your ass and blow your brains out!
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Featured in Special Collector's Edition: Policía de frontera (2010) See more »

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Peckinpah would approve
3 August 2011 | by (CA) – See all my reviews

A film sensitive to the plight of Mexican immigrants coming to the US for a better life.

Savalas plays a border agent with a compassionate heart. Savalas is really great in this role, and the production/writing nearly rises to his level. When he's not on-screen, the film is two dimensional. The other agents are hateful Americans, the immigrants are sentimentalized heroes. I like the heartfelt understanding, but I wish it wasn't so "good guy/bad guy".

Savalas somehow makes it all credible, but he's not always the focus. When he is, good flick.


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