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On the Borderline (2001)

A young couple embark on a cross-country journey, only to run into trouble at the Texas/Mexico border.

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Luke
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Nicky
Aidan Campbell ...
Tyler
Dale Watson ...
Jimmy Neil
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Capt. Elias
Jesse De Luna ...
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Web
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Connie
Tony Frank ...
Kane
Richard Nance ...
Farmhand
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Martha Long ...
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Hilario (as Julio Cedillo)
Frankie Sanchez ...
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Luke and Nikky, a young couple with a baby, leave Detroit headed for a job and their dreams in California. In a Texas town near the Mexican border, Dean, a low-life gas-station owner, steals their cash when they're not looking. They're stuck, with just a few days before the job starts. She gets work as a waitress, and the only way Luke can get some quick cash is to hook up with Dean, who brings Mexican workers across the border at night under the nose of the border patrol. Will Luke get the cash so they can get to Pomona, or will his crossing into lawlessness get him in trouble? Dean also has his eye on Nikky: is she safe? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for violence and language
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Black Blue Jeans
Written by Bruce Donnola
Performed by Jono Manson
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Bordering Turmoil
15 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

In this sturdy "stranded couple" film, everyone is suspected of smuggling immigrants across the Mexican border. Practically everyone. Early in the film, a polite couple stops for fuel at a small Texas town, en-route to a job offer in California. The shady gas-station owner/operator, Dean, seizes an opportunity to take the couple's last few hundred dollars. It being that this is a border-town, and the couple are out of money, you might guess where the film goes from this point. Well, sort of. While not advertised as a period piece, the film seems to have a certain 70's mood. Not to complain, as it adds a certain flavor and zest, per se. I'm not familiar at all with Bill Sage as Dean, but he did his part, as did the rest of the cast. Eric Mabius apparently filmed this one concurrently with "The Crow: Salvation" and stars as Luke. His wife in the film, Marley Shelton, is in fine form as an actress (especially in a waitress uniform). There are a few head-scratching scenes, such as a scene where Web can't make up his mind whether he wants to use a .38 caliber or an automatic pistol, at a crucial point. But for the most part, the film is serious (almost too serious, as Dean is overtly slimy as the villain, to the point where he has no respect for infants whatsoever). As I mentioned, the performances are a strength, including R. Lee Ermey (star of Full Metal Jacket) as the long arm of the border-law. All in all, a worthwhile film, deserving of repeat views.


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