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For three Border Patrol agents working a remote desert checkpoint, the contents of one car will reveal an insidious plot within their own ranks. The next 24 hours will take them on a treacherous journey that could cost them their lives. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Johnny Simmons ... Benjamin Davis

Gabriel Luna ... Lance Flores

Clifton Collins Jr. ... Lou Hobbs

David Acord ... Dispatch / 700

Oscar Avila ... Mexican Leader

Luis Bordonada ... Valdez

Will Brittain ... Agent Hendricks

Alex Knight ... Man in car

Jake Lockett ... Agent Jaeger

Alma Martinez ... Marisa

Lora Martinez-Cunningham ... Agent Lupo

Robert Douglas Washington ... Young Agent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Alderman ... Chief Carter

Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Miguel Hernandez

Directed by
Greg Kwedar 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Clint Bentley 
Greg Kwedar 

Produced by
Molly Christie Benson .... producer
Clint Bentley .... producer
Josh Braun .... executive producer
Kristel Carter .... executive producer
Richard Carter .... executive producer
Rich Delia .... associate producer
Jon Halbert .... executive producer
Linda Halbert .... executive producer
Larry Kalas .... executive producer
Jennifer Kuczaj .... co-executive producer
Greg Kwedar .... producer
Mike Kwedar .... executive producer
Phyllis Kwedar .... executive producer
Cheryl Penn .... executive producer
Walt Penn .... executive producer
Nancy Schafer .... producer
Joan Sullivan .... associate producer
Original Music by
Aaron Dessner 
Bryce Dessner 
Cinematography by
Jeffrey Waldron 
Film Editing by
Alan Canant 
Casting by
Rich Delia 
Production Design by
Peter K. Benson 
Costume Design by
Kyle Svendsen 
Makeup Department
Jessica Isam .... makeup department head
Chandler West .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Benjamin Fuqua .... unit production manager
Jane Houle .... production manager
Sound Department
Marco Alicea .... audio/video transfer
Christopher Barnett .... re-recording mixer
Scott Brewer .... engineering services
Ronni Brown .... foley artist
Luke Dunn Gielmuda .... foley editor
Danielle Dupre .... assistant re-recording mixer
Jessica Engel .... post-production sound accountant
Andrea Gard .... foley artist
Pascal Garneau .... foley editor
Josh Lowden .... executive staff: Skywalker Sound
Sean McCormick .... sound mixer
Steve Morris .... executive staff: Skywalker Sound
Jonathan Null .... SKYWALKER SOUND EXECUTIVE STAFF (as Jon Null)
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist
Kimberly Patrick .... foley editor
David Peifer .... digital editorial support (as David Piefer)
Carrie Perry .... scheduling
Eva Porter .... client services
Brandon Proctor .... re-recording mixer
Frank Rinella .... foley supervisor
Brad Semenoff .... dialogue / adr editor
Mac Smith .... sound designer
Mac Smith .... supervising sound editor
Edgar Meza .... engineering services (uncredited)
Patrick Meza .... sound effects librarian (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Aaron Peak .... colorist
Ryan Staats .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ezra Bassin-Hill .... first assistant camera
Ty Eddingston .... gaffer
Jane Houle .... stills photographer
Cameron Jones .... key grip
Phyllis Kwedar .... stills photographer
John Leeves .... second assistant camera
Jackson McGovern .... best boy electric
Kelsey Talton .... best boy grip
Casting Department
Kathryn Brink .... casting
Editorial Department
Andrew Gregory .... assistant editor
Aaron Peak .... on-line editor
Music Department
Aaron Dessner .... soundtrack
Jesse Kees .... music editor
Jonathon Stevens .... music editor
Other crew
Ky Brabson .... production assistant
Alex Dawson .... key set production assistant
Michelle Hernandez .... production assistant
Brandon Scott Jensen .... script supervisor
Marisa Kapust .... production counsel
Victor I. Provencio .... production assistant
Joan Sullivan .... production accountant
Jordy Wax .... dit
Glenn Lazzaro .... special thanks

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86 min
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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Strong adventure-type story filmed with sense of awe, 28 December 2016
Author: msroz from United States

The Trans-Pecos is the arid area in west Texas that's west of the Pecos River. Nature has a way of leaving us in awe and feeling mystical, and this feeling is brought into this picture time and again, sometimes in dialog, sometimes in the visuals.

"Transpecos" (2016) is a desert neo-noir. The story is tight, realistic and fresh. There are no clichés here or tired devices of the usual plots that center around drugs and law enforcement. You do not know what will happen next, and the story does not go to excesses of character and action.

The natural surroundings cannot comment on the men and women traversing the desert, the smugglers of drugs, the errand boys, the border patrol agents, the illegals, and yet they make a silent commentary because of the emphasis on tracking, brushing out one's tracks, the wind leading one to a quarry, dying in the wind and not a helicopter, and nursing wounds against a beautiful sunset. What are all these strangers to the land up to, working at their own purposes and cross purposes? Look at how they are driven, by their job loyalties, by the quest for gain, by fear for their lives and those of their family threatened by the "cartel" that's never seen but always felt, by their sympathies and by their moral codes.

The story has a really great hook at the outset. One of three border patrol agents (Johnny Simmons) has been threatened by drug interests and forced into letting a drug-laden car pass a checkpoint. But his superior (Clifton Collins Jr.) and his experienced counterpart (Gabriel Luna) spot something wrong and the scheme goes awry. Luna is the movie's protagonist and center, as he tries to deal with the highly fearful and emotional Simmons after Collins is injured.

The movie imparts the feeling that the Trans-Pecos will still be there silently watching when these mortals are buried beneath its soil and that what seems so important to everyone involved will look very small from the distance of time; and yet what these beings did had to be done how, when and where it was done. It had meaning within the larger impassive context, a meaning that the silent sands can never have. There was sound and fury and it signified little from nature's perspective but much more from the human perspectives.

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