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The Gatekeeper (2002)

R | | Drama | 1 March 2002 (USA)
Adam Fields is a rage-filled U.S. Border Patrol Agent who often crosses the line in his job. A member of a vigilante group, Fields decides to go undercover with a hidden camera and cross ... See full summary »

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John Carlos Frey

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Cast

Credited cast:
John Carlos Frey John Carlos Frey ... Adam Fields
Michelle Agnew Michelle Agnew ... Eva Ramirez
Anne Betancourt ... Lenora
Joel Brooks ... Vance Johnson
Joe Pascual Joe Pascual ... Jose
Kai Lennox ... Peter Randolph
J. Patrick McCormack J. Patrick McCormack ... Jack Green
Tricia O'Kelley ... Jennifer McGregory
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Carrera ... Coyote
Juan Eduardo Gonzalez Juan Eduardo Gonzalez ... Drug Boss
Juan R. Gonzalez Juan R. Gonzalez ... Carlos
Joe Hogan ... FBI Agent #1
Norman Lucero Norman Lucero ... Mexican Police Officer #2
Rudy Quintanilla ... Jorje munuz
Gene Rathswohl ... Border Patrol Agent
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Storyline

Adam Fields is a rage-filled U.S. Border Patrol Agent who often crosses the line in his job. A member of a vigilante group, Fields decides to go undercover with a hidden camera and cross with a group of undocumented immigrants. His plan goes awry, however, when the group is forced to work for a drug ring. Suddenly, Fields realizes that he has more in common with the migrants and their search for home, family and freedom than he thought. Written by <gatekeeperfilm@aol.com>

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Drama

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Rated R for language, violence including a rape, sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O fylakas ton synoron See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,027, 18 July 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$309,941, 9 May 2004
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Gatekeeper Productions See more »
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Color
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The Art Department built such a convincing Meth Lab for the film the local police raided it, thinking it was real. See more »

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References The Terminator (1984) See more »

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Sinaloa Cowboys
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
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Accurate and heart-wrenching portrayal of border saga
23 September 2003 | by gilipollasSee all my reviews

I actually thought this movie was really good. Especially if you consider they filmed it in 18 days with only 200,000 dollars, as I was told by the J.C. Frey, the Director/writer/main actor, when they screened the film here at the U of A, in Tucson. The story is mostly accurate from what I've witnessed living in Tucson for 5 years and Phoenix for 10. So many Mexicans die crossing the border, their families are split in search of better jobs, or they are coerced into criminal labor that I think a movie like this puts the issues at the forefront. Hell, the migrant group (secondary actors with little or no speaking roles) were real Mexican workers who the film crew hired for realism. I think that's really cool.

And for someone living in Arizona, where the previews at theaters are often preempted by "Methlabs and kids don't mix" anouncements, the story of Adam/Juan Carlos being forced to work in the methlab is all too real. Just because this is an independent movie and therefore limited to resources doesn't mean it's bad. The secondary theme of Adam rediscovering his Mexican roots is very powerful and also a very prevalent theme in the southwest, especially.


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