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Frontera (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller, Western | 31 July 2014 (USA)
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A former Arizona sheriff's wife is killed while riding on their ranch property. It would appear a Mexican man illegally crossing into the US is at fault. As the former and the current sheriff search for answers, lives are changed forever.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Harris ... Roy
Michael Peña ... Miguel
Eva Longoria ... Paulina
Amy Madigan ... Olivia
Aden Young ... Sheriff Randall Hunt
Michael Ray Escamilla ... Jose
Daniel Zacapa ... Abuelo
Tenaya Torres Tenaya Torres ... Nana
Seth Adkins ... Sean
Evan Adrian ... Brad
Tony Ford ... Kevin
Michelle Rios ... Flora
Lorél Medina ... Angelica
Marilyn Rising ... Kaye
Matthew Page ... Carl


A former Arizona sheriff's wife is killed while riding on their ranch property. It would appear a Mexican man illegally crossing into the US is at fault. As the former and the current sheriff search for answers, lives are changed forever.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence including a sexual assault, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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English | Spanish | Persian

Release Date:

31 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,962, 7 September 2014

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Did You Know?


Amy Madigan portrayed Peggy Guggenheim in the film Pollock alongside Ed Harris' Jackson Pollock. In Pollock the two were love interests. In Frontera, their characters are husband and wife. See more »


Sheriff Randall Hunt: You can't walk in here and tell me that Ramirez is without blame. I mean, none of this would have happened if it hadn't been for those goddam Mexicans walking across your land.
Roy: None of this would have happened if you had changed the combination on your goddam gun locker.
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Written by Iason Chronis (as Chronis) / Coen Berrier (as Berrier) / Laprell Nelson (as Nelson) / Mark Gajadhar (as Gajadar) / Thomas Gray (as Gray)
Performed by Mason featuring Champagne Champagne
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Great Story About Bad Neighbors
30 October 2014 | by paulwaidelichSee all my reviews

I am retired and living in Mexico. Like most Americans, I knew nothing about Mexicans, even though I grew up near the border. When I was in high school in the 60's, I would hear the garden hose come on at night. Being only 10 miles from the border, I would hear the quiet sounds of Mexicans getting a drink of water on their way North. My bedroom door was unlocked. These illegal aliens were 10 feet from my door. I had no fear of them, nor did I have any reason to.

Frontera is a movie about how little Mexicans and Americans understand one another. Americans, with their sense of entitlement, have no understanding of the aspirations of the less fortunate neighbors to the south. Mexicans have no understanding of how hard their Northern neighbors to own what they have. To Mexicans, we are all lazy rich people. To Americans, our neighbors to the south are whores and taxi drivers, not worthy.

The story begins realistically, a hopeful Mexican man hiking north, leaving his wife and family behind. He crosses the border on foot, his only crime is illegal entry. Bad stuff happens, all of it unnecessary, and all of it because of the suspicion and mistrust between neighbors in different countries and different worlds. There are few real villains in this movies for all the violence and hatred it displays. The misunderstanding between the two cultures is the real villain.

Ed Harris and his real life wife, Amy Madigan, are excellent. You won't recognize Eva Longoria without her slut makeup and push up bra. Surprise! She can act a little! Michael Pena also deserves praise for his portrayal of a man caught in a culture war while simply trying to obtain a better life for his family. The story works. People change, and have a better understanding of what each needs from the other. A good, entertaining film with a happy ending and a message of hope for two countries who could learn a lot from each other.

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