MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 21,305 this week

Border Radio (1987)

 -  Drama  -  November 1987 (USA)
5.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.1/10 from 356 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 13 critic

Three musicians take money that is owed to them from a job and flee to Mexico.

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 32 titles
created 10 Nov 2011
 
a list of 894 titles
created 15 Nov 2011
 
a list of 7096 titles
created 03 Jan 2012
 
a list of 842 titles
created 06 Nov 2013
 
a list of 396 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Border Radio" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Border Radio (1987)

Border Radio (1987) on IMDb 5.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Border Radio.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young music journalist's dark memories are awakened when he goes to interview a female rock singer, and both are forced to confront troubling secrets from their pasts.

Director: Allison Anders
Stars: Kim Dickens, Gabriel Mann, Aria Alpert
Alambrista! (1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

After the birth of his first child, Roberto, a young Mexican man slips across the border into the United States. Seeking work to support his family back home, he finds that working hard is not enough.

Director: Robert M. Young
Stars: Domingo Ambriz, Trinidad Silva, Linda Gillen
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Filmmaker William Greaves auditioned acting students for a fictional drama, while simultaneously shooting the behind-the-scenes drama taking place.

Director: William Greaves
Stars: Patricia Ree Gilbert, Don Fellows, Jonathan Gordon
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Utilizing hours of unseen archival footage, The Beales is a new take on the women of Grey Gardens.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles
Stars: Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, Edith Bouvier Beale, Albert Maysles
Amnesia (1997)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Paul Keller is a married pastor who preaches piety on Sunday, while carrying on a torrid affair with the local school teacher, Veronica Dow, during the week. The lovers concoct a scheme to ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Voss
Stars: Nicholas Walker, Dara Tomanovich, Sally Kirkland
Crime | Mystery | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A researcher investigating a notorious serial killer who was hanged 20 years earlier seemingly becomes possessed by the long dead strangler.

Director: Robert Day
Stars: Boris Karloff, Anthony Dawson, Jean Kent
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The first pilot to leave Earth's atmosphere lands, then vanishes; but something with a craving for blood prowls the countryside...

Director: Robert Day
Stars: Marshall Thompson, Marla Landi, Bill Edwards
The Heist (Video 2000)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Two brothers turn against each other when confronted with the possibility of getting millions of dollars found in a stolen armored car.

Director: Kurt Voss
Stars: Luke Perry, Ice-T, Richmond Arquette
The Pass (1998)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A businessman with a compulsive gambling problem which has led to his wife leaving him, travels to Reno, Nevada for some gambling therapy which takes a turn when he picks up a psychotic serial killer posing as a hitchhiker.

Director: Kurt Voss
Stars: William Forsythe, Michael McKean, Nancy Allen
Louie Bluie (1985)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

About the obscure country-blues musician and idiosyncratic visual artist Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong, member of the last known black string band in America.

Director: Terry Zwigoff
Stars: Howard Armstrong, Ted Bogan
Horseplayer (1990)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Bud is a strange loner who works in a liquor store by day and is addicted to betting on the horses at night. He lives in a low-rent building in an even lower-rent section of town, and one ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Voss
Stars: Brad Dourif, Sammi Davis, Michael Harris
In the Echo (TV Movie 2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Allison Anders
Stars: Marcia Gay Harden, Markus Baldwin, Christine Carlo
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Jeff Bailey
Chris Shearer ...
Chris
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dave Alvin ...
Dave
Devon Anders ...
Devon
Luanna Anders ...
Lu
...
Scenester
Julie Christensen ...
Door girl
...
Dean
Eddie Flowers ...
Thug
Green on Red ...
Band in Club
Texacala Jones ...
Babysitter
Chuck Shepard ...
Expatriate
Sebastian Sopeland ...
Thug
...
Thug
Edit

Storyline

Three musicians take money that is owed to them from a job and flee to Mexico.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Jeff Bailey. His wife wants him back. His band wants him on stage. Some thugs want his head. ...He wants another beer.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Graniczne radio  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie was originally financed by Vic Tayback, who played Mel the cook on the TV show Alice (1976). See more »

Connections

References Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Sixteen Ways
Performed by Green On Red
From the album "Gas Food Lodging" (1985)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
On DVD at last!
12 January 2007 | by (Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

Originally scripted as a grim film noir homage, a series of financial dry spells stretched out the film's production schedule to three years, whereupon the screen story underwent as many dramatic changes as any of the hard-living bands from the music scene the film adopts as its backdrop.

Star Chris D. insists in the DVD's supplemental features that the original script's noir aspects are what attracted him to the project, but it was only once he became involved that the thing took shape as a "rock movie," with the added participation of D.'s friends (and sometime bandmates) like John Doe and Dave Alvin. Alvin went on to create an eclectic and memorable score for the film (now out of print, sadly), with players culled from friends and colleagues from X, Los Lobos, The Blasters and other local heroes.

Not every film could survive three filmmakers AND active contributions by everyone in the cast, but then it's a rare project that manages to pack this much simpatico talent onto one movie poster.

Additional DVD extras include deleted scenes, a potent "trailer" (including several moments not in the finished film) set to a driving musical score, and a pair of loose, enjoyable commentary tracks. Another welcome addition is Chris D. and The Flesh Eaters' vintage ain't-no-WAY-this-is-running-on-MTV music video for their classic "The Wedding Dice" (comically mangled by Chris Shearer in the film itself).

Had it followed its intended "straight noir" course, BORDER RADIO may well have survived as an interesting curio; but as it turned out, the film stands as a fitting elegy to an era, both in its depiction of a musical phenomenon's sunset and for its unique collaborative approach to film-making. That both still feel like breaths of fresh air twenty years on only stands as a testament to their legitimacy.

Like so many of the "lost" bands of the music scene it salutes with unabashed affection, BORDER RADIO is ripe for rediscovery.


11 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
essay on BORDER RADIO rodney842
Discuss Border Radio (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?