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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 ...
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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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 »

Quotes

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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Good, Interesting Movie
19 July 2002 | by (Farmington Hills, MI) – See all my reviews

Good, low-key, absorbing drama. One thing about Jack Nicholson, he seems to instinctively know when to effectively play a subdued character. His reading and performance of this character were perfect in this movie.

He plays an increasingly unhappy, and troubled Border patrolman seemingly powerless to do anything about the brutality and corruption he sees around him. Saddled with a shrill, materialistic wife, Nicholson portrays the desperation of a man trying to make a difference, and do the right thing.

Not an award-winner, but an effective, interesting character study.


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