Due to the lack of men after the Civil War, a small western town allows a bachelorette with ulterior motives to save a horse-thief from the gallows by marrying him. They must deal with his old gang, the sheriff, the bank - and each other.
Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.
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
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Elpidia Carrillo's entire performance in this movie in the role of Clara was originally intended to be without dialogue. The movie was the first American film of Mexican actress Elpidia Carrillo and was the first of a number of Latin American related movies made by Hollywood in the 1980s that Carrillo appeared in, others being Beyond the Limit (1983), Under Fire (1983) and Salvador (1986), Capillo's part in the latter having been said to have been very similar to her role in this movie. See more »
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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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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