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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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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At the edge of risk ... On the other side of reason See more »


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Release Date:

12 February 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Border  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


This picture was inspired by a number of newspaper reports in the 'Los Angeles Times' about illegal Mexican immigrants in the United States. See more »


Charlie Smith: 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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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »


Across the Borderline
Written by Jim Dickinson, John Hiatt, Ry Cooder
Performed by Freddy Fender (as Freddie Fender)
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Forgotten Masterpiece
23 March 1999 | by (Troy, NY) – See all my reviews

This forgotten movie just gets better with age. Jack Nicolson suppresses his usual hamminess, and the resulting tension makes this one of his best performances. Bruce Springsteen must have enjoyed this one too; he's performed the haunting Ry Cooder theme song in concert, and borrowed the story line for one of his "Ghost of Tom Joad" songs.

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