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Border Cop (1980)
"The Border" (original title)

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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)
Maritza Olivares ...
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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6 August 1980 (France)  »

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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 (1990)), 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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Steer Clear
14 April 2008 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Chesty gringo Telly Savalas (as Frank Cooper) is a US-Mexico "Border Cop". He serves as a father figure to young immigrant Danny De La Paz (as Benny Romero), who wants Mr. Savalas to be best man at his impending wedding. Savalas is tough, but boss Eddie Albert (as Commander Moffat) may be tougher. Tough is what you need to stop smuggler Michael V. Gazzo (as Chico Suarez). Alliances may be in flux.

If you find the possibility of hearing "Kojak" and "Oliver Douglas" uttering expletives to be repulsive, you ought to steer clear of "The Border". If not, you may not have the stomach for the "realistic" cow slaughtering scene. Although it doesn't end up being worth much, Mr. De La Paz and Cecilia Camacho (as Leina) steal the show.

** The Border (1979) Tony Richardson ~ Telly Savalas, Danny De La Paz, Eddie Albert


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