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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:

At the edge of risk ... On the other side of reason See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Western

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:

$516,014, 31 January 1982

Gross USA:

$6,118,683

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,118,683
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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

The film's title refers to the U.S.-Mexican border, specifically, the border between Texas and Mexico, around the El Paso and Rio Grande region, which is where the picture is set. See more »

Goofs

Not so much a mistake, but just some darn good filmmaking. Near the end of the film Charlie Smith(Jack Nicholson) is having a shootout with J.J.(Jeff Morris). J.J. , carrying a loaded shotgun, is trying to escape Charlie's gunfire outside a barn. J.J. runs into a wire or equipment obstruction and falls to the ground accidentally triggering the shotgun and blowing out his own brains. Some good stop-motion photography is employed here and an obvious dummy or mannequin is revealed as J.J. gets the shotgun blast. Nicholson's character Charlie Smith stands aghast as the dead J.J.'s brains ooze out and shotgun smear covers his body. The stop-motion dummy is similar to the scene in "Casino"(1995) where Robert DeNiro gets into his Cadillac, turns the ignition, and the car turns into a fireball revealing an obvious dummy/mannequin. See more »

Quotes

J.J.: I can tell by the way that guy looks through his face that he's crazier than a shithouse rat.
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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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Palomito
Written and Performed by Domingo Samudio (as Sam Samudio)
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A tough slash on the American Dream
15 December 2007 | by UESSee all my reviews

As a teacher of English in Germany you always look for worthy material on the Latino immigration influx . This film is a valuable opener for such a series of lessons. It reveals the impact of the problem. It makes use of outstanding performances: Nicholson and Keitel are as cool as ever. Pellerine is the American woman. Her friends are that, too. The mafia ring consisting of policemen and coyotes is shown realistically. Violence is explicit but not overdone. Landscape and Latino immigrants are depicted in all their shades and lights. The strong American individual wins in the end - again. The good side beats the bad side. The Ry Cooder soundtrack is more than worth listening to. It is authentically reconstructed as always. Teachers: Pick up that video or DVD and use the movie for your lessons on the US Latino problem!


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