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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 overview, first billed only:
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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 (as Martino LaSalle)
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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$20,505 (USA) (7 April 1985)

Gross:

$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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More fact than fiction

The movie is stilted and slow in today's terms but does give a fairly accurate historical representation of the struggle of the Vietnamese shrimpers versus the KKK in the early eighties. Morris Dees and the newly formed Southern Poverty Law Center came to Kemah and Seabrook to make sure the Klan did not become the ruling class in the Texas Bay Area. The actual story can be found at www.tolerance.org or the southern poverty law center site. Louis Malle (yes he was French) was a great director who was married to actress Candice Bergen. He died of cancer in the late nineties. The movie does show a fledgling actor, Ed Harris, who has gone on to make many successful movies. The script was written by the writer of "Silkwood" which was another docudrama. It is worth watching for the history alone. Shows the pain felt by the locals and the immigrants.


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