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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12 February 1982 (USA)  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)
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One of the final cinema films of actor Warren Oates, it being followed by only Tough Enough (1983) and Blue Thunder (1983). 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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Bombed at the Box Office
8 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie at a seedy downtown LA theater, the second film of a double bill that I almost walked out on before it began. I was glad I stayed. I don't remember what the feature film was, but I have never forgotten this movie.

Jack Nicholson plays a on-the-take border patrol cop trying to go straight, but surrounded by corruption on both sides of the fence. He finally has to choose between fitting in by being a dirt bag, and being true to himself and cutting his ties with his buddies and his family.

The border is not only a fence between two countries, it's a moral line between decency and indecency, between moral compromise and being a truly humane and compassionate person regardless of the consequences.

The acting is superb, and the the plot could not be more timely. So give this box office bomb a go soon! It's a real diamond in the rough.


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