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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Charlie Smith
... Cat
... Marcy
... Red
... Maria
... Savannah
Manuel Viescas ... Juan
Jeff Morris ... J.J.
... Manuel
... Beef
... Andy
Stacey Pickren ... Hooker
... Lou
James Jeter ... Frank
... 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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At the edge of risk ... On the other side of reason See more »

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Crime | Drama

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12 February 1982 (USA)  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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This movie represents several films released during the 1980s that had the word "Border" forming part of the title and examining immigration across the Mexico and U.S. border, many dealing with issues relating to corruption, profiteering, border protection, and illegal immigration. The movies included Border Heat (Deadly Stranger (1988)), Border Radio (1987) and Border Cop (1980) (The Blood Barrier, The Border, The Border, U.S.). 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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My favorite Jack Nicholson Film -- A hidden gem
20 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

Jack Nicholson gives a wonderfully controlled performance in this film. His restraint and control is contrasted to Harvey Keitel's fallen character and to his out-of-control, childish wife (Valerie Perrine). He works in dishonest circumstances in which he enforces the law selectively in a tacit arrangement with crooked businessmen. In so doing he is a part of the exploitation of Mexican workers. When he transfers from L.A. to Texas, his conscience is awakened by his dishonest co-worker and a beautiful, victimized Latina (Elpidia Carillo) and her child.

There is plenty of action and the story moves in response to the characters.

Freddy Fender and Ry Cooder provide memorable and haunting music that just makes the whole film so much more powerful.


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