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Texas Godfather (1986)

Sno-Line (original title)
R | | Action, Drama | June 1986 (USA)
A New York City district attorney secretly runs a cocaine-smuggling ring in Texas. When the mob tries to move in on his operation, he goes down there to try to stop them.

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Steve King
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Duval (as Paul Smith)
June Wilkinson ...
Audrey
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Ralph Salerno
Louis Guss ...
Gus
Carey Clark ...
Michael
Charity Ann Zachary ...
Tina
Gary Lee Love ...
Eddie
Denise Kerwin ...
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Edward Talbot Matthews III ...
Frankie
Scott Strozier ...
Victor
Maggie Egan ...
Terry
Dominic Barto ...
Chappie
William Kerwin ...
Max McClain
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A New York City district attorney secretly runs a cocaine-smuggling ring in Texas. When the mob tries to move in on his operation, he goes down there to try to stop them.

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100% Full Proof Love
Performed by Gaille Heideman & Gloria Kaye
Music and Lyrics by Ayn Robbins (as Ann Robbins) & Gaille Heideman
Produced by Richard Bellis
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Low-budget action film that delivers.
30 April 2003 | by (Godzilla Manor) – See all my reviews

This Texas-made tale of corruption, greed and Mafia vengeance tries for a number of parallel stories that culminate in two scenes of action and violence. This is itself is admirable, as most modestly budgeted films of this type are lucky to accomplish a single storyline. The umbrella story is of Steve King, financed by The Mob, attempting to open a direct "sno-line" between Texas and New York (contrary to the Tagline on IMDB, he is not a "District Attorney"). The first arc is that of a number of King's employees attempting various heists on their boss' holdings. Second occurs when a rival of King wants him eliminated from his Texas Coast territory. The last involves the appearance of a mysterious con-woman and her manipulation of King into being his confidant and co-hort.

The production employs a number of reliable mid-card and B-movie performers, including stalwart Vince Edwards as King, man-mountain Paul Smith as a West-Indies drug smuggler, and the voluptuous June Wilkinson as King's new consort. The dialog is smart, with detail given to the procedures of both the smuggling operations and the employee thefts.

What I find most interesting is that there are no "good guys" in the traditional sense: all are basically corrupt...there are just some that are "more" corrupt than others. The audience is almost forced to support the least heinous of the various culprits, and the film makers want viewers to identify with the young couple who carry a suitcase full of money stolen from King (the fact that the boyfriend's actions lead to the killing of all his friends appears to be irrelevant). There are crosses and double-crosses, all handled with a deftness that belies scrutiny. There are ingenious twists; the final two scenes will leave a smile on the audience's face.

Recommended for fans of regional film making, June Wilkinson and Paul Smith.


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