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On the Line (1984)

Not Rated | | Drama | September 1987 (USA)
A Border Patrol Agent is determined to catch his old nemesis, an American criminal who successfully smuggles illegal people across the border from Mexico.

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José Luis Borau (as Jose Luis Borau)

Writers:

José Luis Borau (as Jose Luis Borau), Barbara Probst Solomon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Carradine ... Bryant
Scott Wilson ... Mitch
Victoria Abril ... Engracia
Jeff Delger Jeff Delger ... Chuck
Paul Richardson Paul Richardson ... Jonathan
David Povall ... Pimp (as David Estuardo)
Christopher Saylors Christopher Saylors ... Rooney
Stacy Sanches Stacy Sanches ... Rita (as Stacy Sanchez)
Mitch Pileggi ... Stephens
Anne Galvin Anne Galvin ... Rita
Susana Zepeda Susana Zepeda
Ben Jones ... Texan Lawyer
Carlos Cantú Carlos Cantú ... Mexican Consul (as Carlos Cantu)
Richard Rutowski ... Duty Officer
Steven Polinsky Steven Polinsky ... Law Professor
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A Border Patrol Agent is determined to catch his old nemesis, an American criminal who successfully smuggles illegal people across the border from Mexico.

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She sells pleasure. He sells freedom.

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Drama

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English

Release Date:

September 1987 (USA) See more »

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Downstream See more »

Filming Locations:

Laredo, Texas, USA See more »

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(original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The was the last film project for Sam Jaffe. See more »

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It's Always Fickle
Written by Michael Shanklin and Tamila Jensen (as Jensen)
Performed by Michael McGinnis and Liz Lamere
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Uneven But Worthwhile
20 May 2001 | by Jennel2See all my reviews

I saw this on video in the early 90s as "On the Line." It appeared to be in undubbed English. In the version I saw the two (or maybe three) story lines are not well integrated. One is the long standing rivalry between David Carradine, as a successful smuggler of illegal Mexican immigrants, and Scott Wilson, as an overzealous Border Patrol Agent. Another plot involves the arrival of two naive young men (related to one of the other characters, maybe Wilson) from the American Midwest, and the subsequent involvement of one of them with a Mexican prostitute played by Victoria Abril, who is quite good in the role. This portion of the film also examines the lives of a few of the other prostitutes who inhabit the brothel where Abril works. And it leads to an amusing cameo by Sam Jaffe as a somewhat senile crime lord. Perhaps the US video distributor had this film cut awkwardly to make it appear more of an action flick. For instance, David Carradine is top billed, but his screen time is not substantial--he pretty much disappears in the second half of the film. The film is well directed and photographed. It's evident that the writer/director had something beyond an exploitation flick in mind here. I would like to see the uncut Spanish version.


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