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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Cooper
Danny De La Paz ...
Benny Romero
Chico Suarez
Cecilia Camacho ...
Leina Romero
Robin Clarke ...
Officer Eddie Hale
Hippie Girl
Herman Blood ...
Noé Murayama ...
Mosca (as Noe Murayama)
Harry Madsen ...
Patrol Harold Fisk
Guillermo Vega ...
Ricardo Frera ...
Josefina Echánove ...
Whore (as Josefina Echanove)


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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Release Date:

6 August 1980 (France)  »

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Border Cop  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


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 »


Frank Cooper: Compassion? If I had compassion I'd stick a .357 up your ass and blow your brains out!
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Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: La despedida de David (2011) See more »

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Nothing special, unless you are a Telly fan.
8 January 2001 | by (Rock Hill, SC) – See all my reviews

This movie is pretty dull. You get the idea it is a tough guy film pretty quick. Telly Savalas is not a bad actor, and if you are a fan of his you will enjoy his performance. The movie around him is pretty lacking however. The ending is terrible - I guess they ran out of money or something.

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