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Flashpoint (1984)

Two Texas border guards, a young hotshot and his older and more cynical partner, find a jeep buried for 20 years in the desert, with a skeleton, a scoped rifle, and a box with $800,000 in ... See full summary »

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... Bobby Logan
... Ernie Wyatt
... Sheriff Wells
... Brook
... Carson
... Roget (as Miguell Ferrer)
... Doris
... Lambasino
... Hawthorne
... Amarillo
... Ellen
... Peterson
... Roget's Date (as Ana Marie Auther)
Barry Davis ... Max
Sam Edelman ... Van Driver
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Two Texas border guards, a young hotshot and his older and more cynical partner, find a jeep buried for 20 years in the desert, with a skeleton, a scoped rifle, and a box with $800,000 in cash. They decide to keep the money, but quietly check up on the cryptic info they've found on the dead driver. Soon, the Feds are running all over the place, and it looks like the jeep may be linked to the JFK assassination. But the Feds are trying to cover it up, and eliminate anyone who knows about the jeep. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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31 August 1984 (USA)  »

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Die Grenzwölfe  »

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Kris Kristofferson was offered the Chuck Norris role in Code of silence which was written by the same guys who wrote this film, but he turned it down. See more »

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When Wyatt is supposed to be in the airplane that crashes, there is never a splash in the pond prior to the crash. See more »

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Doris: Are you here to sell us tickets to the Policemen's Ball or something?
Logan: We're with the Border Patrol, ma'am. We don't have any balls.
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Referenced in The Big Box: Deep Throat (2010) See more »

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Flashpoint
Written by Scott Richardson
Performed by Scott Richardson and The Gems
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come for the plot-decoding challenge; stay for the characterizations.
12 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

Eight hundred thousand dollars buried in desert sand in a wrecked Jeep just might be a ticket out of a Border Patrol job turning more bureaucratic and stifling by the moment. Agents Kris Kristofferson and Treat Williams try to find where the dollars, and the Jeep, and its dead driver,have come from. They'd like to split with the money and escape the irritating changes about to drive them off the Texas desert they know so well, but honesty and curiosity compel them to make sure the money's not tainted. Federal agent Kurtwood Smith, in from Washington knowing all the answers full well, has other plans for them.

I saw this film in its first release in 1984, and admired the way in which the script explored nuances of the conspiracy-fuelled '60s in American society and politics. I also liked the skill with which the script dropped hints and clues that, by film's end, were perfectly clear and coherent - a pleasing adjunct to the major puzzle of the decade. But in the years of watching it since, I've come to like best the acting skills which the cast, ably directed, demonstrate with texture and charm. Kristofferson and Williams are among the most appealing buddies you'll find in any thriller - in fact I can't think of a better pair; they complement each other as well as Al Pacino and John Goodman do in Sea of Love, and that's the highest praise I can offer. I can't think why Kristofferson and Williams (or Pacino and Goodman, for that matter) haven't been paired again by an enterprising producer. Jean Smart and Tess Harper are equally charming and nuanced in smaller roles made large by Smart's fiery energy and Harper's thoughtful attractiveness. Miguel Ferrer and Guy Boyd are perfect as a pair of amiably corrupt colleagues. On the dark side, Smith and Patrol boss Kevin Conway, as well as "Department of Public Safety" (ie. Texas Ranger) marshal Rip Torn, show how true villains are simply focused career men who believe implacably in the warped values they've espoused. Torn, at least, has the grace to change. At the end, he makes a statement to Kristofferson which might be our beacon too, our rationale for keeping up the search for truth in this lie-filled first decade of the new century: Looking back at his own choices, and forward to Kristofferson's tense future, Torn barks "Do it! Be the one who got away! Whatever happens, should've happened years ago." A very fine action film, remarkably well-performed.


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