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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 (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 USA:

$20,505, 7 April 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$380,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$522,087
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1.85 : 1
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Screenwriter Alice Arlen recalled her first conversation with director Louis Malle very well: "The phone rang one morning and it was my agent, and he said, "'I'm sitting here with Louis Malle. Would you like to talk to him?'." Arlen added: "I was absolutely stunned and I remember saying, 'It would be an honor'. Then Louis got on the phone and I said, 'I'm honored', and that's all I could think of to say". The pair met to discuss the project. Both agreed that they had great sympathy for both sides of the conflict, and they wanted that reflected in the story. Whoever the Vietnamese were up against should not be a stereotypical bad-guy character because the Texas fishermen in this controversy had their point of view, too. After a trip to Texas in the American South, Arlen wrote Alamo Bay (1985). Arlen stated: "It is basically Dinh's story [Dinh is played in the film by actor Ho Nguyen]. A story about what the Vietnamese character wants and why he can't have it. Dinh wants an identity in this country, he wants to earn a place here, and he wants to grow up to be a man. It's a rite of passage. And the reason he can't have what he wants is because standing in his way is this Anglo fisherman, and everything this Anglo fisherman represents". 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
26 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

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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