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Alamo Bay (1985)

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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Cast

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Glory
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Shang
Ho Nguyen ...
Dinh
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Wally
Truyen V. Tran ...
Ben
Rudy Young ...
Skinner
Cynthia Carle ...
Honey
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Luis
William Frankfather ...
Mac
Lucky Mosley ...
Ab Crankshaw
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Sheriff
Michael Ballard ...
Wendell
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Leon
Jerry Biggs ...
Buddy
Mark Hanks ...
Brandon
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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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Action | Drama | Romance

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3 April 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Baía do Ódio  »

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$380,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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The picture was filmed entirely on location near Rockport, Texas. For nine weeks between March and May of 1984, the film crew shot in the towns and fishing villages where the actual real-life violence had erupted between the Texas fishermen and the Vietnamese refugees around four years earlier. Director Louis Malle said: "Many of the people we cast locally had actually been involved with the events we were treating in the script. lt became difficult sometimes to separate [the] reality from [the] fiction". See more »


Soundtracks

Too Close
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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it all seems too true
1 May 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

This story of attacks on Vietnamese immigrants on the Texas coast was loosely based on real events from 1979-81. Shang Pierce (Ed Harris) is a Vietnam vet who hates all non-white people and gets particularly riled when Southeast Asian immigrants begin arriving in his town, and especially when one of them develops a relationship with his girlfriend, Glory (Amy Madigan). The situation gets tenser and tenser as the movie progresses.

Maybe "Alamo Bay" is not the greatest movie ever, but it certainly shows a part of Texas history (and indeed, US history) that unfortunately seems forgotten. Ed Harris looks like a typical redneck, with a short, wispy beard. It is the sort of movie that you should check out if you get a chance.


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