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Border Radio (1987)

R | | Drama | November 1987 (USA)
Three musicians take money that is owed to them from a job and flee to Mexico.
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Chris D. ...
Jeff Bailey
Chris Shearer ...
Chris
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Devon Anders ...
Devon
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Iris Berry ...
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Dean
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Texacala Jones ...
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Three musicians take money that is owed to them from a job and flee to Mexico.

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

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

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Many Curses on: Those who tried to thwart us. See more »

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References Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) See more »

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That's What Dreams Are For
Performed by Green On Red
From the album "Gas Food Lodging" (1985)
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Bordering on just awful
8 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Apparently most people are crazy about this "cult film". I am not. I do enjoy looking at the stylized cinematography. I liked it enough to sit through the rest of this awful film because at least I had something interesting to look at.

Three southern California punk rockers rob a club of one thousand dollars that they feel was robbed from them for services rendered, and hide out across the Mexican border waiting for - what I don't know, but I'm not alone, because they don't seem to know either They seem to completely lack any kind of plan. They have committed a serious crime but they just sit around shooting a gun into thin air, talking to dolls and smashing their faces, and acting in general like people I do not want to know. And nothing is ever said or done that makes me want to know them.

Lu (Luanne Anders), is actually married to one of these guys and they have a little girl together, and thus she starts trying to figure out what happened - why and where have they disappeared?. One of them calls her and tells her where HE is and to come down and he will tell her the story. When she arrives he acts like a complete idiot. For example, she asks "Why am I here?". He just wears a stupid grin and says "Why are any of us here?". It's like watching somebody discipline a ten year old boy. Like a ten year old boy, he's mentally old enough to know when he has done something wrong, but not able to digest the serious ramifications of anything.

As this film wears on - and it did wear on me - we learn that, IMHO, the dumbest of the three, who is constantly being bailed out by his well off parents although apparently in his mid 20's, is having an affair with Lu. Why she would pick this guy when her husband seemed like he had more potential, AND he was her husband? I was never able to figure that out.

Some people highly praise this film. I'll grant them that for the cinematography, but unless you are from southern California and were ever inside the punk rock movement, I doubt you'll glean much from this experience. I walked away from this knowing little more about the characters and feeling nothing more for them than I did at the beginning, and to me that's a major sign that a film has failed in its mission.


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