The Border (1982 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tony Richardson|
|Produced by||Edgar Bronfman Jr.|
|Written by||Deric Washburn|
|Music by||Ry Cooder|
|Edited by||Robert K. Lambert|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$6,118,683 (US)|
Immigration enforcement agent Charlie Smith lives in California with his wife, Marcy, in a trailer. She persuades him to move to a duplex in El Paso shared by her friend and border agent Cat. 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 Charlie to the human smuggling operation he runs with their supervisor Red. Though Charlie initially declines to participate, his wife's free-spending ways make him finally take part in the operation. Meanwhile, a young Mexican mother, Maria, 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.
Charlie finally realizes that Cat and Red are killing drivers who make money off side ventures or anyone who gets in their way. Charlie 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 Maria.
- 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
- Jeff Morris as J.J.
Vincent Canby of the New York Times said the movie "has the sort of predictable outrage and shape of a made-for-television movie. It has suspense but little excitement. Once the people and the situation have been introduced, there's not a single surprise in the film, nothing of the uncharacteristic sort that differentiates the adequate melodrama from one that is special and memorable. Like so many films prompted by real-life social problems, The Border is a movie in which the characters appear to have been created to fit the events. Missing is any sense of particularity, as well as the excitement that comes when the members of the audience are allowed to discover some sort of truth for themselves." 
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- Vincent Canby, "Jack Nicholson in 'The Border'" Jan. 29, 1982 https://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9B07E4D71038F93AA15752C0A964948260