Henry Moon is captured for a capital offense by a posse when his horse quits while trying to escape to Mexico. He finds that there is a post-Civil War law in the small town that any single ... See full summary »
U.S. Border Patrol agent Charlie Smith just wants to do a good job and provide for his wife. But between her demands for a more affluent lifestyle and the importuning of Charlie's partner Cat to take part in illegal activities in exchange for bribes, Charlie gets caught up in helping smuggle illegal immigrants across the Texas border. When one of them, a young Mexican girl named Maria, loses her baby to abductors who plan to sell the child, Charlie decides to take a stand for her and against the corruption he's fallen into. Written by
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Elpidia Carrillo's entire performance in this movie in the role of Clara was originally intended to be without dialogue. The movie was the first American film of Mexican actress Elpidia Carrillo and was the first of a number of Latin American related movies made by Hollywood in the 1980s that Carrillo appeared in, others being Beyond the Limit (1983), Under Fire (1983) and Salvador (1986), Capillo's part in the latter having been said to have been very similar to her role in this movie. See more »
No more, Marcy. No more's no more. No more does not mean more, and more, and more! No more means no more!
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Good, low-key, absorbing drama. One thing about Jack Nicholson, he seems to instinctively know when to effectively play a subdued character. His reading and performance of this character were perfect in this movie.
He plays an increasingly unhappy, and troubled Border patrolman seemingly powerless to do anything about the brutality and corruption he sees around him. Saddled with a shrill, materialistic wife, Nicholson portrays the desperation of a man trying to make a difference, and do the right thing.
Not an award-winner, but an effective, interesting character study.
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