The Border (1982 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tony Richardson|
|Produced by||Edgar Bronfman, Jr.|
|Written by||Deric Washburn
|Music by||Ry Cooder|
|Editing by||Robert K. Lambert|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||109 minutes|
|Budget||$22 million (estimated)|
|Box office||$6,118,683 (US)|
Immigration enforcement agent Smith (Jack Nicholson) lives in California with his wife (Valerie Perrine) in a trailer. She convinces him to move to a duplex in El Paso shared by her friend and border agent Cat (Harvey Keitel). She opens a charge account and starts to purchase expensive items like a water bed as she tries to build a dream home.
Cat gradually introduces Smith to the human smuggling operation he runs with their supervisor Red (Warren Oates). Though Smith initially declines to participate, his wife's free-spending ways make him finally take part in the operation. Meanwhile, a young Mexican mother that he has observed is detained, and while she is in their custody, one of Cat's drivers abducts her baby for an illegal adoption. Cat warns the driver not to do anything but transport people in trucks, and that if he runs drugs or babies, Cat will hurt him.
Smith finally realizes that Cat and Red are killing drivers who make money off side ventures or anyone who gets in their way. Smith makes it clear to Cat that he will not be a party to murder. In the film's climax, he is forced to kill Cat. He tracks down the kidnapped infant and returns it to its mother.
- Jack Nicholson as Charlie Smith
- Harvey Keitel as Cat
- Valerie Perrine as Marcy
- Warren Oates as Red
- Elpidia Carrillo as Maria
- Dirk Blocker as Beef
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