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Linewatch -- Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. is a Border Patrol Officer in the New Mexico desert with a secret past that is about to catch up with him. When his old gang leader tracks him down and forces him to smuggle drugs across the border, he must choose between the life he swore to leave behind and saving his family at any cost.
Linewatch -- A former Los Angeles gang member escapes his neighborhood to become a respected U.S. border patrol officer in New Mexico. However, he'll have to result to some of his old ways when the gang's psychotic leader arrives on his doorstep ...


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Writer (WGA):
David W. Warfield (written by)
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Release Date:
21 October 2008 (USA) See more »
On the border between the US and Mexico, the law is what you make it.
Michael Dixon is a seasoned agent working linewatch on the US/Mexico Border. Well respected by his peers at US Border Patrol... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Michael Dixon

Omari Hardwick ... Kimo

Evan Ross ... Little Boy

Dean Norris ... Warren Kane
Malieek Straughter ... Cook
AMG ... Stokes

Sharon Leal ... Angela Dixon

Omar Paz Trujillo ... Luis (as Omar Paz Trujillo)

Chris Browning ... Spencer

William Sterchi ... Simon
Francisco A. Fernandez ... Juan (as Francisco Fernandez)

Jimmie Romero ... Vargas
Bryan Lane ... Sam King

Dan Burkarth ... Jim Barnett
Josh Coffman ... Bill Krott (as Josh J. Coffman)

Genia Michaela ... Karate Instructor

Luce Rains ... Harris

Angelique Midthunder ... Dispatcher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Giselle Bonilla ... Adr / voice

Jesus Jr. ... Jesus Padilla

Art Bonilla ... Dialogue coach (uncredited)

Dave Colon ... Border Patrol Agent (uncredited)
Daniel J Gonzales ... Mexican immigrant (uncredited)
Fredrick Lopez ... Jenkins (uncredited)

Brian Reece ... Coroner (uncredited)

Z. Ray Wakeman ... Office Guy (uncredited)

Directed by
Kevin Bray 
Writing credits
David W. Warfield (written by)

Produced by
Kevin Bray .... executive producer
Justin Bursch .... assistant producer
Mike Callaghan .... co-producer
Brandon Hall .... associate producer
Brad Krevoy .... producer
Reuben Liber .... producer
Karri O'Reilly .... producer
David W. Warfield .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jeff McIlwain 
Cinematography by
Paul M. Sommers (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Ivison 
Casting by
Kathryn Brink 
Chadwick Struck 
Production Design by
Guy Barnes 
Set Decoration by
Wendy Ozols-Barnes 
Costume Design by
Gersha Phillips 
Makeup Department
Autumn Butler .... makeup artist
Lindsay Garrison .... makeup department head
Patricia Greer .... assistant makeup artist
Jennifer Jane .... key hair stylist
Sara Roybal .... key makeup artist
Emily Vaughn .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
John Goodwill .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cary Jones .... second assistant director (additional photography)
Sarah Lemon .... second second assistant director
Chemen Ochoa .... second assistant director
Art Department
RA Arancio-Parrain .... art department coordinator
Pierre Barrera .... set dresser
Steve Brown .... propmaker
Ralph Diaz .... on-set dresser
Dan Fitzgerald .... storyboard artist
Amy Giedraitis .... props
Ben Lowney .... property master
Amy Marsh .... art department coordinator
Thomas Traugott .... leadman
Sound Department
Walter Michael Bost .... adr editor (as Walt Bost)
Maurice Cre'que .... cable utility sound
Stephen Fitzmaurice .... sound re-recording mixer
Darryl L. Frank .... production sound mixer
Rodney Gurule .... additional sound mixer
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Mark Lanza .... sound effects editor
Tor McAfee Kingdon .... adr mixer
Michael Mullane .... supervising sound editor
Edwardo Santiago .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Daniel Holt .... special effects technician
Margaret Johnson .... special effects foreman
Randy E. Moore .... special effects coordinator
Renee Moore .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Joseph Conti .... visual effects
Don Battle .... stunts
Mark Brooks .... stunt double
Josh Coffman .... stunts
Anthony Fairley .... stunts
Luca Ispirescu .... stunts
Jesus Jr. .... stunts
G. Peter King .... stunt coordinator
Bryan Lane .... stunts (as Bryan Stinemetze)
Rene Mousseux .... stunts
Jimmie Romero .... stunts
Con Schell .... stunts
Mike Seal .... stunt performer
Mike Seal .... stunts
Marcus Taylor .... stunt double
Omar Paz Trujillo .... stunt driver
Tierre Turner .... stunt double: Cuba Gooding Jr.
Larry Watts .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Phillip Abeyta .... electrician (as Phil Abeyta)
Mark Bain .... second assistant camera
Steve Banister .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Bradley Barnes .... lighting technician
Erick Castillo .... film loader
Kenneth Coblentz .... grip
Dan Delgado .... gaffer
Tammy Fouts .... camera operator
Aubrey Husar .... key grip
Philip J. Jaffe .... additional camera assistant
Cathy Kanavy .... still photographer
Sam Mares .... assistant camera
David Jaxx Nagro .... dolly grip
John Sheeren .... first assistant camera
Mark Sheets .... grip
Carl Vigil .... lighting technician
Adam Ward .... camera operator: "b" camera
Adam Ward .... steadicam operator
Dale Glenn Waseta .... key video assist
Casting Department
Sheila Berkheimer .... local casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Gingery .... costumer
Juliet Hyde-White .... key set costumer
Melissa Moody .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Natan Moss .... associate editor
Jayme Wing .... on-line editor
Music Department
Alethia Austin .... music coordinator
Adam Swart .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Gary Armstrong .... driver
'Wild Bill' Laczko .... picture car coordinator
Derick Pritchard .... driver
Michael B. Russell .... transportation coordinator
John Suttles .... driver
Other crew
Jon Baran .... production assistant
Sherrie Bradshaw .... key production accountant
Trinity Tad Davis .... production assistant
Brooke Fair .... assistant craft service
Susan Foley .... additional set production assistant
Dominic Garcia .... location assistant
Alex Gianopoulos .... set location assistant
Jim Giesler .... craft service: day player
Jim Ivy .... set medic
Cherron Kofford .... assistant production coordinator
Ryan Lacen .... production assistant
Brian G. Lax .... key medic
Sean McCormick .... puppeteer
Paul Merritt .... production assistant
Mamie Mitchell .... script supervisor
Randy E. Moore .... weapons master
Dennis Muscari .... assistant location manager
Fagan O'Reilly .... production assistant
Lilia Paskiewicz .... production assistant
Lauren Popp .... production assistant
Ian Simon .... set production assistant
Erik Solis .... production assistant
Alan Swain .... location manager
Marcus Taylor .... key set production assistant
Jacob Uher .... payroll accountant

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Rated R for violence and language
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.See more »
Continuity: The movie starts with Michael heading off into the desert, with climbing rope, to track a bad guy. The desert is completely flat. In the next shot, he is upon hills and cliffs. Meaning he would've had to travel further than eyesight in the open, clear desert. Possibly 20 miles.See more »
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Grasping for a chance, 3 February 2009
Author: jpschapira from Argentina

It's a shame that some movies never get to the theaters. Lately, Cuba Gooding Jr. has been doing a lot of those movies, and though I haven't seen them all, I rent one from time to time: I think the man's a great actor. In Kevin Bray's "Linewatch", he gives a stand-out performance as Mike Dixon, a police officer who works for the border patrol and is suddenly haunted by the past. The actor is so subtle here, so committed to the role that we can't help desiring something better for him.

Movies like this one are not sold properly for the audience. "On the border between the US and Mexico, the law is what you make it", reads the tagline of "Linewatch". It's logical that you would expect a bad film with something like that on its cover. Sadly, sometimes the truth is different, like in this case. The border is just scenery in this movie, a nice place to shoot and develop some plot lines of David W. Wardfield's screenplay.

The script is about absolutely everything else, and though it doesn't develop its characters fully, it leaves a good taste in your mouth, and you feel you've watched something worthy of your time. The key however is in the casting, because when you have a slow film like this one with just a few action scenes, you need good actors to spend the rest of the time with. Sharon Leal is warm and caring as Dixon's wife and the girl who plays their daughter is especially good. The gangsters that come to bother Dixon and bring the past back with them all achieve good performances. Each of them is allowed to stand out from time to time, but they are at their best, natural and relaxed, when doing small talk as they guard Dixon's family.

Two of them are probably the most important in terms of the story though: Kimo (Omari Hardwick) and Little Boy (Evan Ross). I haven't told you the hold story yet, partly because I want you to go and rent this picture (the only way to see it), and partly because the movie doesn't tell it either…I'll leave that for you to discover, saying only that it's a well developed plot for the genre that even leaves room for some small surprises.

Kevin Bray does everything right and never poses for something that his movie isn't. He knows how to create true tension and achieves it in two crucial moments that don't include fast-paced action, helped by Jeff Mcllwain's exciting score (which, by the way, also works perfectly in the action sequences).

The action is not the main attraction in "Linewatch" as it would be in, for example, "Taken". However, the fact that the leader of a gang bang doesn't completely look and act like we would assume a gangster would and some phrases that could be suppressed make this look like a B-movie. But then, "Taken" was also a B-movie (in the best sense and with the best production); and a good one. Maybe "Linewatch" is even better; a bit more humane…Realer.

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