A corrupted border agent decides to clean up his act when an impoverished woman's baby is put up for sale on the black market.

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Cat
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Marcy
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Red
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Maria
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Savannah
Manuel Viescas ...
Juan
Jeff Morris ...
J.J.
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Manuel
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Beef
Lonny Chapman ...
Andy
Stacey Pickren ...
Hooker
Floyd Levine ...
Lou
James Jeter ...
Frank
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Hawker
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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 Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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It divided the land. It divided the man. See more »

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12 February 1982 (USA)  »

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Grenzpatrouille  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)
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First American film of British director Tony Richardson since The Loved One (1965), a gap of around seventeen years. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Smith: I can't afford a fucking dream house!
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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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Across the Borderline
Written by Jim Dickinson, John Hiatt, Ry Cooder
Performed by Freddy Fender (as Freddie Fender)
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My favorite Jack Nicholson Film -- A hidden gem
20 July 2011 | by (Seattle, Wa) – See all my reviews

Jack Nicholson gives a wonderfully controlled performance in this film. His restraint and control is contrasted to Harvey Keitel's fallen character and to his out-of-control, childish wife (Valerie Perrine). He works in dishonest circumstances in which he enforces the law selectively in a tacit arrangement with crooked businessmen. In so doing he is a part of the exploitation of Mexican workers. When he transfers from L.A. to Texas, his conscience is awakened by his dishonest co-worker and a beautiful, victimized Latina (Elpidia Carillo) and her child.

There is plenty of action and the story moves in response to the characters.

Freddy Fender and Ry Cooder provide memorable and haunting music that just makes the whole film so much more powerful.


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