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The Border (1982)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  12 February 1982 (USA)
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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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Charlie Smith
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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 ...
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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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Crime | Drama

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12 February 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Grenzpatrouille  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)
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The term "wets" or "wetbacks" heard throughout the movie is a slang word for illegal immigrants (often Mexican) in the USA. 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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Building Fires
Written by Jim Dickinson, Dan Penn, Johnny Christopher
Performed by Brenda Patterson
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Outstanding portrayal of real events
19 January 2000 | by (Oviedo Florida) – See all my reviews

This has got to be one of Jack Nicholson's finest acting jobs. His portrayal of an emotionally unsatisfied Border Patrol agent stuck trying to find peace within himself is riveting to watch. The soundtrack is outstanding also with that simple truth " you can lose more than you hope to gain on the other side of the border".


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