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The Border (1982 film)

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The Border is a 1982 American drama film directed by Tony Richardson and starring Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Valerie Perrine, Elpidia Carrillo and Warren Oates


  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Production notes
  • 4 Reception
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


La Recolección Ruins in Antigua Guatemala, where the initial earthquake aftermath scenes were filmed

Immigration enforcement agent Smith Jack Nicholson lives in California with his wife Valerie Perrine in a trailer She persuades 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

Production notesedit

The opening earthquake scenes were filmed in Antigua -specifically in La Recoleccion ruins3- and Guatemala City, Guatemala


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" 4


  1. ^ "The Border 1982 - Box office / business" Internet Movie Database Retrieved March 19, 2011 
  2. ^ "The Border 1982" Box Office Mojo Internet Movie Database Retrieved March 19, 2011 
  3. ^ "The Border introduction" YouTube 1982 Retrieved 26 October 2015 
  4. ^ Vincent Canby, "Jack Nicholson in 'The Border'" Jan 29, 1982 http://wwwnytimescom/movie/reviewres=9B07E4D71038F93AA15752C0A964948260

External linksedit

  • The Border on Internet Movie Database
  • The Border at Rotten Tomatoes

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