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The Shepherd (2008)

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A former New Orleans cop battles drug cartels and ex-Army Special Forces who are smuggling drugs from Mexico into U.S. through a Texas border town.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benjamin Meyers
Natalie J. Robb ...
Capt. Ramona Garcia
Billy Pawnell
Daniel Perrone ...
Felix Nestor
Dan Davies ...
Arthur Pennigton
Luis Algar ...
Benito Ortiz
Ivaylo Geraskov ...
Velislav Pavlov ...
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Bogdan Plakov ...


A former New Orleans cop battles drug cartels and ex-Army Special Forces who are smuggling drugs from Mexico into U.S. through a Texas border town.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When He Gaurds The Border No One Gets Past ... Alive. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 March 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Shepherd: Border Patrol  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the briefing about 50,000 illegal immigrants crossing the border there's a citation on the wall titled: "Cheief" Commissioner's Commendation. See more »


Billy Pawnell: The border. We can't go into Mexico.
Jack Robideaux: Fuck the border.
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Referenced in Shrink (2009) See more »


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Written by Tito Larriva
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A modestly entertaining action flick with some decent scenes
20 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Worth the entertainment value of a rental, especially if you like action movies. This one features the usual car chases, fights with the great Van Damme kick style, shooting battles with the 40 shell load shotgun, and even terrorist style bombs. All of this is entertaining and competently handled but there is nothing that really blows you away if you've seen your share before.

The plot is made interesting by the inclusion of a rabbit, which is clever but hardly profound. Many of the characters are heavily stereotyped -- the angry veterans, the terrified illegal aliens, the crooked cops, the indifferent feds, the bitchy tough lady station head, the crooked politician, the fat federale who looks like he was typecast as the Mexican in a Hollywood movie from the 1940s. All passably acted but again nothing special.

I thought the main villains were pretty well done and fairly well acted. By the end of the movie you certainly knew who the good guys were and weren't. There was an emotional lift as the really bad ones got their just deserts. Very simplistic, but then you weren't expecting Hamlet, right? The only thing I found really annoying was the constant cuts to VDs daughter during the last fight scene.

Not bad. Not good. Passable 4.

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