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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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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The intention had been that Robert Blake would star, but his name on the marquee would not, it was thought, generate enough audience interest. 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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absolutely outstanding!
8 December 2008 | by (austin, texas) – See all my reviews

this film is superb on many levels. while jack nicholson and harvey keitel both have an impressively long list of masterly performances, I believe this film ranks near the tops of their oeuvres with a handful of their other performances in films like "the shining" and "the passenger" for nicholson or "the duellists" and "bad timing" for keitel. all of the supporting cast members deliver excellent performances as well. the scenery is beautiful and is shot well. both the story and the dialogue are superlative. The plot progresses dramatically yet plausibly, at no point is the viewer obliged to suspend her disbelief as nicholson's character is backed into a corner by the circumstances developing around him. The action sequences are both dramatic and believable. go watch this film.


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