A despondent Vietnam veteran in danger of losing his livelihood is pushed to the edge when he sees Vietnamese immigrants moving into the fishing industry in a Texas bay town.

Director:

Louis Malle

Writer:

Alice Arlen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Madigan ... Glory
Ed Harris ... Shang
Ho Nguyen Ho Nguyen ... Dinh
Donald Moffat ... Wally
Truyen V. Tran Truyen V. Tran ... Ben
Rudy Young Rudy Young ... Skinner
Cynthia Carle Cynthia Carle ... Honey
Martin LaSalle ... Luis (as Martino LaSalle)
William Frankfather ... Mac
Lucky Mosley Lucky Mosley ... Ab Crankshaw
Bill Thurman ... Sheriff
Michael Ballard Michael Ballard ... Wendell
Gary Basaraba ... Leon
Jerry Biggs Jerry Biggs ... Buddy
Mark Hanks Mark Hanks ... Brandon
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A despondent Vietnam veteran in danger of losing his livelihood is pushed to the edge when he sees Vietnamese immigrants moving into the fishing industry in a Texas bay town.

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Alamo Bay. A place where everyone risked everything for a piece of the American Dream.

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Action | Drama | Romance

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R | See all certifications »

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As director Louis Malle supervised screenwriter Alice Arlen's work on the script, Malle was simultaneously scouting locations and trying to arrange financing for the film. In an unusual effort to preserve his creative control, the director personally financed the development of the script and the cost of pre-production. Malle said: "I believed so strongly in this story that I was willing, if necessary, to finance the whole film myself, to shoot it in 16 millimetre [16 mm], to live in a tent, anything, just to insure that the film was done right". See more »


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Too Close
Performed by Amy Madigan and John Hiatt
Guitar by Ry Cooder
Piano by Jim Dickinson
Drums by Jim Keltner
Bass by Jorge Calderon
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it all seems too true
1 May 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

This story of attacks on Vietnamese immigrants on the Texas coast was loosely based on real events from 1979-81. Shang Pierce (Ed Harris) is a Vietnam vet who hates all non-white people and gets particularly riled when Southeast Asian immigrants begin arriving in his town, and especially when one of them develops a relationship with his girlfriend, Glory (Amy Madigan). The situation gets tenser and tenser as the movie progresses.

Maybe "Alamo Bay" is not the greatest movie ever, but it certainly shows a part of Texas history (and indeed, US history) that unfortunately seems forgotten. Ed Harris looks like a typical redneck, with a short, wispy beard. It is the sort of movie that you should check out if you get a chance.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Port Alamo See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color (Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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