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Border Radio -- A low-key, semi-improvised postpunk diary that took four years to complete, Border Radio features legendary rocker Chris D., of the Flesh Eaters, as a singer/songwriter who has stolen loot from a club and gone missing, leaving his wife, a no-nonsense


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November 1987 (USA) See more »
Jeff Bailey. His wife wants him back. His band wants him on stage. Some thugs want his head. ...He wants another beer.
Three musicians take money that is owed to them from a job and flee to Mexico. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Chris D. ... Jeff Bailey
Chris Shearer ... Chris
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dave Alvin ... Dave
Devon Anders ... Devon
Luanna Anders ... Lu

Iris Berry ... Scenester
Julie Christensen ... Door girl

John Doe ... Dean
Eddie Flowers ... Thug
Green on Red ... Band in Club
Texacala Jones ... Babysitter
Chuck Shepard ... Expatriate
Sebastian Sopeland ... Thug

Craig Stark ... Thug

Directed by
Allison Anders 
Dean Lent 
Kurt Voss 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Allison Anders 
Dean Lent 
Kurt Voss 

Produced by
Marcus DeLeon .... producer
Robert Rosen .... associate producer
Original Music by
Dave Alvin 
Cinematography by
Dean Lent 
Sound Department
Duane Dell'Amico .... sound mixer
Nietzchka Keene .... sound
Editorial Department
Sin Hock Gaw .... negative cutter
Christopher Landers .... special thanks

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87 min
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This picture represents one of a handful of films released during the 1980s that had the word Border forming part of the title and examining immigration across the Mexico-USA border, many dealing with issues relating to corruption, profiteering, border protection and illegal immigration. The movies included The Border (1982), Borderline (1980), Border Heat (aka Deadly Stranger (1988)), Border Radio (1987) and Border Cop (1980) (aka aka The Blood Barrier aka The Border aka The Border, USA).See more »
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References Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)See more »
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14 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
"Historical document," my foot, 10 January 2007
Author: Tinkerbettie1 from United States

I just saw this movie for the first time tonight, and I loved it. It is beautifully shot with some great performances. It's funny, dark, and real. The music is great. As for the film being a "historical document," it does encapsulate part of the L.A. music scene in the '80s, but the movie is actually pretty timeless and still stands up today without ever seeming like a caricature of the times. This is one of the finest low-budget indie films I have seen. It really doesn't even need to be qualified that way. It is just an enjoyable film that works. Chris D.'s performance is especially poignant and Luanna Anders is perfect. If you love L.A., punk, or just a good story, see this film.

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