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The Border (1982)

A corrupt border Agent decides to clean up his act when an impoverished woman's baby is put up for sale on the black market.

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Tony Richardson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nicholson ... Charlie Smith
Harvey Keitel ... Cat
Valerie Perrine ... Marcy
Warren Oates ... Red
Elpidia Carrillo ... Maria
Shannon Wilcox ... Savannah
Manuel Viescas Manuel Viescas ... Juan
Jeff Morris Jeff Morris ... J.J.
Mike Gomez ... Manuel
Dirk Blocker ... Beef
Lonny Chapman ... Andy
Stacey Pickren Stacey Pickren ... Hooker
Floyd Levine ... Lou
James Jeter James Jeter ... Frank
Alan Fudge ... Hawker
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Storyline

U.S. Border Patrol agent Charlie Smith just wants to do a good job and provide for his wife. But between her demands for a more affluent lifestyle and the importuning of Charlie's partner Cat to take part in illegal activities in exchange for bribes, Charlie gets caught up in helping smuggle illegal immigrants across the Texas border. When one of them, a young Mexican girl named Maria, loses her baby to abductors who plan to sell the child, Charlie decides to take a stand for her and against the corruption he's fallen into. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

It divided the land. It divided the man. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Border See more »

Filming Locations:

Antigua, Guatemala See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$516,064, 31 January 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,118,683, 21 February 1982
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the final cinema films of Warren Oates. The others being Tough Enough (1983) and Blue Thunder (1983). See more »

Quotes

Cat: Listen to me. I'm sure you can appreciate somethin'. We got a business situation here. These independents get too big, that comes out of our end.
Charlie Smith: So, what, you just fuckin' kill 'em?
Cat: We take care of business. That's all we do. We take care of business.
Charlie Smith: You see this fuckin' line? This line right here I don't cross! This fuckin' line right here!
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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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No Quiero
Written and Performed by Domingo Samudio (as Sam Samudio)
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absolutely outstanding!
8 December 2008 | by psychorobotapeSee all my reviews

this film is superb on many levels. while jack nicholson and harvey keitel both have an impressively long list of masterly performances, I believe this film ranks near the tops of their oeuvres with a handful of their other performances in films like "the shining" and "the passenger" for nicholson or "the duellists" and "bad timing" for keitel. all of the supporting cast members deliver excellent performances as well. the scenery is beautiful and is shot well. both the story and the dialogue are superlative. The plot progresses dramatically yet plausibly, at no point is the viewer obliged to suspend her disbelief as nicholson's character is backed into a corner by the circumstances developing around him. The action sequences are both dramatic and believable. go watch this film.


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