Borderline by Jerrold Freedman |Charles Bronson, Bruno Kirby, Ed Harris | 11301631374 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Borderline

Borderline

Director: Jerrold Freedman

Cast: Charles Bronson, Bruno Kirby, Ed Harris

     
 
Charles Bronson switches from his traditional role as a vigilante to playing an actual lawman in this crime drama. Jeb Maynard (Bronson) is a border patrol agent who is trying to stem the tide of illegal aliens from Mexico into the United States. Jeb is hot on the trail of Hotchkiss (Ed Harris), a "coyote" who brings illegals into the United States for a hefty price

Overview

Charles Bronson switches from his traditional role as a vigilante to playing an actual lawman in this crime drama. Jeb Maynard (Bronson) is a border patrol agent who is trying to stem the tide of illegal aliens from Mexico into the United States. Jeb is hot on the trail of Hotchkiss (Ed Harris), a "coyote" who brings illegals into the United States for a hefty price and with little concern for their safety. But while Jeb is sworn to keep illegal immigrants out of America, he finds his relationship with Elena Morales (Karmin Murcelo) becoming more than professional. Elena is an illegal alien who wants to cooperate with Jeb by leading him to Hotchkiss, who smuggled her into the United States. But businesslike Jeb soon finds that the plight of Elena and her young son, who are desperate to build a better life for themselves, has touched a soft spot inside him. While the story may sound similar to the Tony Richardson/Jack Nicholson picture The Border, Borderline actually preceded it by two years.

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This effort is something of an anomaly in the Charles Bronson filmography. Borderline downplays action in favor of drama and has a rather involved storyline that includes commentary on social and political issues. Unfortunately, Borderline doesn't live up to the promise of the aesthetic about-face it provides for Bronson. The script gives the interesting subject matter a rather pro forma treatment and suffers from some annoying loose ends (for instance, Karmin Murcelo's interesting character builds a relationship with Bronson but her character is abruptly dropped halfway through and never mentioned again). The script problems are compounded by Jerrold Freedman's pedestrian direction, particularly during the anticlimactic finale. The bright spots in Borderline lie in its performances: Bronson offers a reliably strong lead presence; Ed Harris makes an excellent, believably amoral villain and reliable pros like Bruno Kirby and Michael Lerner add solid support. However, the quality of the acting can't rise above the lackluster material and this makes Borderline a film best left to Bronson's hardcore fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/2015
UPC:
0011301631374
Original Release:
1980
Source:
Timeless Media
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
9,153

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Bronson Jeb Maynard
Bruno Kirby Jimmy Fante
Ed Harris Hotchkiss
Karmin Murcelo Elena Morales
Bert Remsen Carl Richards
Enrique J. Castillo Arturo
Michael Lerner Henry Lydell
Norman Alden Willie Lambert
John Ashton Charlie Monroe
Larry Casey Andy Davies
Panchito Gomez Benito Morales
Lawrence Casey Andy Davis
Benito Morales Actor
Kenneth McMillan Malcolm Wallace
Wilford Brimley Scooter Jackson
James Victor Mirandez
Charles Cyphers Ski
John Roselius FBI Agent
Murray MacLeod FBI Agent
Virgil Frye Bandit Leader
Luis Contreras Bandit
Eduardo Ricard Mexican Policeman
Tanya Russell Alien Girl
Arnold Diaz Alien Guide
Carlos Munoz Driver

Technical Credits
Jerrold Freedman Director,Screenwriter
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound Mixer
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Harry Keller Editor
Steve Kline Screenwriter
Michel Levesque Art Director
John F. Link Editor
Gil Melle Score Composer
Chuck Myers Asst. Director
James Nelson Producer
Charlie Picerni Stunts
Christopher N. Seiter Production Manager
Martin Starger Executive Producer

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