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Alamo Bay (1985)

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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Glory
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Shang
Ho Nguyen ...
Dinh
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Wally
Truyen V. Tran ...
Ben
Rudy Young ...
Skinner
Cynthia Carle ...
Honey
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Luis (as Martino LaSalle)
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Mac
Lucky Mosley ...
Ab Crankshaw
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Sheriff
Michael Ballard ...
Wendell
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Leon
Jerry Biggs ...
Buddy
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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3 April 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Baía do Ódio  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,505, 7 April 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$380,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$522,087
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1.85 : 1
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While the native Texans in the Rockport area were talkative, they also were initially suspicious of the movie makers in their midst. Eventually, director Louis Malle was able to convince them, too, that the film would show both sides of the refugee controversy. After that, the townspeople contributed enthusiastically to the production. A member of the local Ku Klux Klan was so enthusiastic that he offered his ceremonial robes to the wardrobe department but the offer was declined. 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 See 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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