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Tom Jones director Tony Richardson might seem a curious choice to direct the contemporary western The Border, but he does his best to emulate Sam Peckinpah. Jack Nicholson stars as an El Paso border guard, saddled with avaricious wife Valerie Perrine. Hoping to stifle her nagging about money matters, Nicholson begins accepting payoffs to allow Mexican aliens to cross the border without interference. This leads to a relationship with a young Mexican mother Elpidia Carillo. Harvey Keitel and Warren Oates lend ...
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Overview

Tom Jones director Tony Richardson might seem a curious choice to direct the contemporary western The Border, but he does his best to emulate Sam Peckinpah. Jack Nicholson stars as an El Paso border guard, saddled with avaricious wife Valerie Perrine. Hoping to stifle her nagging about money matters, Nicholson begins accepting payoffs to allow Mexican aliens to cross the border without interference. This leads to a relationship with a young Mexican mother Elpidia Carillo. Harvey Keitel and Warren Oates lend strong support to this atmospheric tale.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Director Tony Richardson delves into the complex symbiosis between border guards and illegal aliens on the U.S./Mexican border in a film that's often engrossing, but finally too sprawling and diffuse to be compelling. The film takes a somewhat detached view of both guards and aliens, in laying out an ethnography of tastelessness and obsessive materialism among the Border Patrol that fuels the shady deals that exploit the desperate Mexicans. Jack Nicholson, whose characters have often ridiculed the kind of minor official he plays here, is surprisingly straight as the weary, cynical guard who finally tires of Harvey Keitel's venal boss, and the conflict between them gives the film what energy it has. Less successful is the sketchy character of the Mexican woman played by Elpidia Carillo, who supposedly inspires Nicholson's redemption. Despite the film's limited impact, the documentary aspects of this situation, which seems to have changed little in the intervening years, remains of interest. Valerie Perrine and Warren Oates are typically excellent, and the sweeping camera work of Vilmos Zsigmond and Ric Waite is also worth noting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • UPC: 025192063824
  • Original Release: 1982
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 41,856

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Nicholson Charlie
Harvey Keitel Cat
Valerie Perrine Marcy
Warren Oates Red
Elpidia Carrillo Maria
Shannon Wilcox Savannah
Manuel Viescas Juan
Jeff Morris J.J.
Mike Gomez Manuel
Dirk Blocker Beef
Lonny Chapman Andy
Stacey Pickren Hooker
Floyd Levine Lou
James Jeter Frank
Alan Fudge Hawker
William Russ Jimbo
Gary Grubbs Honk
Billy Silva George
David Beecroft Kevin
Juan Ramirez Angel Dominguez
Lupe Ontiveros Madam in Whorehouse
James W. Gavin Helicopter Pilot
Technical Credits
Tony Richardson Director
Edgar Bronfman Producer
Ry Cooder Score Composer
Dave Freeman Screenwriter
Walon Green Screenwriter
James M. Halty Stunts
Neil Hartley Executive Producer
Robert Lambert Editor
Toby Carr Rafelson Production Designer
Vicki Sanchez Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Sawyer Art Director
Irby Smith Asst. Director
Ric Waite Cinematographer
Deric Washburn Screenwriter
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Impoverished (Main Titles) [6:09]
2. Taking Chances [6:43]
3. New Beginning [6:00]
4. Welcome to the Unit [5:03]
5. Gracias, Señora [5:38]
6. Senseless Situation [7:14]
7. The Other Side [5:53]
8. Baby Tricks [9:04]
9. On the Take [1:51]
10. Crossing the Line [3:24]
11. Starting Trouble [7:36]
12. The Setup [6:36]
13. Follow the Coyote [6:42]
14. Turn for the Worst [6:57]
15. On the Offensive [5:53]
16. Border Dispute [5:25]
17. Dead End [5:17]
18. End Titles [3:29]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Languages
      English
      English Captions for the Hearing Impaired
      Spanish/Español Subtitles
      French/Français Subtitles
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Unusual drama that you won't forget, in spite of its flaws

    An oppressive atmosphere of corrupt behavior, unfulfillment and impotence permeates THE BORDER, a modern day drama that mostly takes place in and around El Paso, Texas. Nicholson plays Charlie Smith, a U.S. Border Patrol officer who transfers from Los Angeles with his wife to El Paso. The unit he joins has numerous officers participating in the illegtal immigration business. This unusual movie uses music to comment on the action. The score is credited to Ry Cooder. Recommended for adventurous movie lovers, only.

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