A despondent Vietnam veteran in danger of losing his livelihood is pushed to the edge when he sees Vietnamese immigrants moving into the fishing industry in a Texas bay town.




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A despondent Vietnam veteran in danger of losing his livelihood is pushed to the edge when he sees Vietnamese immigrants moving into the fishing industry in a Texas bay town.

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Alamo Bay. A place where everyone risked everything for a piece of the American Dream.


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Release Date:

3 April 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Baía do Ódio  »

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$380,000 (USA)

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As director Louis Malle supervised screenwriter Alice Arlen's work on the script, Malle was simultaneously scouting locations and trying to arrange financing for the film. In an unusual effort to preserve his creative control, the director personally financed the development of the script and the cost of pre-production. Malle said: "I believed so strongly in this story that I was willing, if necessary, to finance the whole film myself, to shoot it in 16 millimetre [16 mm], to live in a tent, anything, just to insure that the film was done right". See more »


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Performed by Amy Madigan and John Hiatt
Guitar by Ry Cooder
Piano by Jim Dickinson
Drums by Jim Keltner
Bass by Jorge Calderon
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Very Interesting movie
26 June 2004 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I lived in the Rockport-Fulton area, where parts of the movie was filmed, most of my life. I remember when the Vietnamese people began moving into the area, and the problems they had with some of the local citizens. This movie was pretty accurate about the feelings of some of the shrimpers, I am sorry to say. Ed Harris did a wonderful job of portraying the racist shrimper. He reminds me of a few people I knew in the area. Amy Madigan was also great portraying his former girlfriend. She had some tough decisions to make. This is a good movie with interesting characters and great acting. I think that the relationship between some of the Texas shrimpers and the Vietnamese shrimpers is portrayed pretty realistically.

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