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Alamo Bay -- Oscar®-nominated Ed Harris (A Beautiful Mind) portrays a dejected Vietnam veteran whose trade as a shrimp fisherman is threatened when an influx of Vietnamese immigrants moves into his small, bayside community. Tensions mount, finally erupting into a violent episode in which Harris battles not only the burgeoning immigrant community, but also his own emotionally scarred psyche.


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3 April 1985 (USA) See more »
Alamo Bay. A place where everyone risked everything for a piece of the American Dream.
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. | Add synopsis »
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Amy Madigan ... Glory

Ed Harris ... Shang
Ho Nguyen ... Dinh

Donald Moffat ... Wally
Truyen V. Tran ... Ben
Rudy Young ... Skinner
Cynthia Carle ... Honey

Martin LaSalle ... Luis
William Frankfather ... Mac
Lucky Mosley ... Ab Crankshaw
Bill Thurman ... Sheriff
Michael Ballard ... Wendell

Gary Basaraba ... Leon
Jerry Biggs ... Buddy
Mark Hanks ... Brandon
Khoa Van Le ... Father Ky
Tony Frank ... Leroy

Caroline Williams ... Diane
Max Evers ... Pete
Buddy Killen ... Rev. Disney
Doris Hargrave ... Mrs. Ranney
Harvey Lewis ... Tex
Ed Opstad ... Cal
Christopher Blum ... Quick Finance
Xuan Thi Le ... Woman Shopper
Lan Ti Do ... Bao
Le Nguyen ... Mai
Tuan Tran ... Ho
Carolyn Farnsworth ... Marge
Jeanette Hudson Gray ... Rita Venable
David Ivanowski ... Tim Hurt
Mary Carroll Kinnett ... Kendy
Barbara Opstad ... Woman in Bar
Norman Spells ... Fisherman
Ken West ... Fisherman

Ray Benson ... Band Member
Johnny Gimble ... Band Member
Tony Anastasio ... Band Member
Richard Hormachea ... Band Member
Wally Murphy ... Band Member
Reese Wynans ... Band Member
Donna Callaway Nugent ... Rev. Disney's wife
Laura Casterline ... Brandon's Girlfriend
Reathel Bean ... Radio DJ

Jay Patterson ... Texas Voice #1
Sally Sockwell ... Texas Voice #2
Jimmie Ray Weeks ... Texas Voice #3
Stan Wilson ... Texas Voice #4
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Oliveira ... Fisherman (uncredited)

Directed by
Louis Malle 
Writing credits
Alice Arlen (written by)

Produced by
Ken Golden .... associate producer
Louis Malle .... producer
Vincent Malle .... producer
Ross Milloy .... executive producer
Original Music by
Ry Cooder 
Cinematography by
Curtis Clark 
Film Editing by
James Bruce 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Trevor Williams 
Art Direction by
Rhiley Fuller 
Set Decoration by
Christian Kelly 
Costume Design by
Deirdre N. Williams  (as Deirdre Williams)
Makeup Department
Rita Ogden .... hair stylist
Rita Ogden .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ken Golden .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Berner .... first assistant director
Mark McGann .... second assistant director
Art Department
Tommy Allen .... property master (as Tom Allen)
Charles Cirigliano .... key set builder
John M. Dwyer .... set dresser (as John Dwyer)
Ann Edgeworth .... property assistant
Sandy Hamilton .... property assistant
Ben Oshman .... key set dresser
Raymond M. Samitz .... construction coordinator
Elizabeth Wilcox .... scenic artist
Sound Department
Emmanuelle Castro .... sound editor
Daniel Couteau .... foley artist
Dominique Hennequin .... sound re-recording mixer
Kate Hirson .... adr editor
Michèle Hollander .... assistant sound editor
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer (as Christopher Jenkins)
Danny Michael .... location sound mixer
Marc-Jon Sullivan .... boom operator (as Marc Jon Sullivan)
Special Effects by
Michael Clifford .... assistant special effects (as Mike Clifford)
Gene Grigg .... special effects
Victor Magnotta .... stunt coordinator
Konrad Sheehan .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael F. Barrow .... gaffer (as Michael Barrow)
Todd Crandall .... first assistant camera
Michael Fedack .... grip
Haddon Hufford .... dolly grip
Frederick Iannone .... second assistant camera (as Fred Iannone)
Robert Ippolito .... grip
Kevin Janicelli .... best boy
Miguel Jimenez .... electrician
Constantine Makris .... camera operator: second unit
John L. Oates .... electrician
George Pattison .... key grip
Edward J. Pei .... assistant camera: second unit (as Edward Pei)
Scott H. Ramsey .... electrician
John Seakwood .... still photographer
Paul Wachter .... grip
Casting Department
Pamela Guest .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paulette Aller .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Matthew Gaddis .... assistant editor
Music Department
Mark Ettel .... score engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Henry Castillo .... transportation captain
Jerry McKnight .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Ellen Adolph .... assistant auditor
Sally Brim .... production assistant
Philippe Browning .... production assistant
Geraldine Buckley .... assistant publicist
George Caudill Jr. .... intern
Robin Chambers .... assistant: Louis and Vincent Malle (as Robin Chambers-Samitz)
Lan Ti Do .... technical advisor
Dick Dubuque .... production auditor (as Richard Dubuque)
Eileen Eichenstein .... production office coordinator
Johanna Jensen .... production assistant
France Lachapelle .... script supervisor
Dot LeBlanc .... technical advisor
Mike LeBlanc .... boat wrangler
'Rusty' Lemon .... technical advisor
Mike Mathes .... intern
Luis Perez .... technical advisor
Johnny Rios .... production assistant
Steve Schottenfeld .... location manager
Nathan 'Peanut' Wright .... technical advisor
Crew believed to be complete

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98 min
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The film was made and released about twenty-five years after the unrelated famous Texan battle picture The Alamo (1960) though both pictures shared the name "Alamo" in the title and both are set in the same state of Texas, USA. The film does reference the famous battle of the earlier movie by way of the racial conflict depicted in the picture.See more »
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5 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Vietnamese fishermen in trouble in Texas, 28 July 2003
Author: esteban1747 from Spain

Blidness cannot exist when we acknowledge the existence of KKK, and this film is showing exactly this problem. I do not know whether this problem of KKK is solved yet, but I remember well the problems created by this racial organization during 60-70s, particularly against black people. In this film the problem is with highly efficient and hard-working fishermen from Vietnam, who came to US during the war in their country. Part of the local fishermen were simply against them and tried to prevent fishing by the Vietnamese, at the end this came to a confrontation between both parts. In fact the film does not give any sustainable solution at its end, the leader of the white opposing the Vietnamese (Ed Harris) is killed by his former girl friend (Amy Madigan). The French director Louis Malle goes straight away into the problem and confrontation without much preface in the plot of the film.

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