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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

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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Trivia

The original finish, which was filmed and edited into previews, had Charlie Smith (Jack Nicholson) bomb the Border Patrol Headquarters and get sent to prison. But the ending proved to be too downbeat for audiences. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Smith: I can't afford a fucking dream house!
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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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Building Fires
Written by Jim Dickinson, Dan Penn, Johnny Christopher
Performed by Brenda Patterson
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Shamefully under-appreciated
3 March 1999 | by GoonboySee all my reviews

This film would probably do better if re-released in 1999. Between the casting, the scenery, the memorable "throwaway" lines that abounded, the "felt without being seen" undercurrent of quiet desperation that some of the characters emoted at JUST THE RIGHT TIMES, accompanied by one of the very finest sound tracks that has ever been recorded, by some stellar musicians (and why on earth is this not available on CD?), this movie would more than likely win a whole new cult following, particularly given the successes of some of the cast since then, the "oh yeah, I remember her/him" recognition factor of some of the other cast members, and the fact that dear Warren Oates will not be making any more films in the fine manner that he did. I don't remember this film being given the credit it deserved when it was originally released, and I wish to heck it could be given another chance, if for no other reasons than those mentioned above, and perhaps to give some record company another reason to release the soundtrack on CD!


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