The Border Reviews
July 27, 2006
A truly under-appreciated Nicholson performance. One of the three or four Keitel efforts I can actually stand to watch without cursing and spitting on the ground. Note to aspiring actors: hook up with Keitel's team, especially if you can't act. If you hire on, for instance, with Keitel's publicist and manager, you will have it made in the shade. And "introducing Elpidia Carillo," no less. What a great movie in which for her to debut!
April 9, 2008
Great Nicholson and Keitel film that holds up to todays standards. A great morality piece and a fantastic story with great characters. I really need to see this again.
September 25, 2006
It's dry. It's quiet. It's a 'modern-day' western, thanks to Nicholson's gritty, tough portrayal of a Border Patrolman. With his wife wildly racking up a credit card bill filling up their new home Jack feels the pressure to join his partner on an illegal smuggling scheme. A man is murdered and a baby is kidnapped which forces him to fiercely draw the line and put himself in a dangerous situation.
July 7, 2013
An underrated flick with a great cast (Nicholson! Keitel!) and decent direction, which more or less compensate for a predictable plot.
June 2, 2013
Everything about this film worked, it was just really conventional and predictable.
May 17, 2013
Probably one of the better Nicholson films you haven't seen. Not as good as the ones you probably have seen, but, still quality in its own right.
March 10, 2013
"I can't afford a fucking dream house!"-Charlie Smith (Jack Nicholson)
I believe foreigners understand "The American Dream" better then most Americans, these sad days.
"Soups on!"-Charlie Smith
December 27, 2012
This is a film I had seen a couple of times and really not appreciated. It really clicked with me this time. Tony Richardson seems like an odd choice to direct a film set in Texas with a screenplay co-written by Walon Green. On the face of it, this should be a Walter Hill film, and I think that's what I was expecting on previous viewings. Richardson's kitchen sink sensibility really dominates as the film spends a lot of time developing the characters and the setting and casually circling the thriller elements until the film explodes in a rather startlingly violent climax. If you really give your self over to the very casual pace, it's a rewarding film. Nicholson and Keitel are really superb in this and there's a really nice supporting role for Warren Oates.
September 11, 2008
It's not one of Nicholson's Best, but not bad.
September 8, 2012
Okay, edgy, confrontational, great fucking cast...Villos on cinematography ("Close Encounters")....but...ummm...maybe in '82 this was razor-edged film making..but now? I now want to see "Extreme Prejudice" again badly - I remember it stepping over the line frequently. But, as I've recently experienced with "Red Dawn", we were pussies in the '80's. "Scarface" and "The Thing" being excluded. Conclusion: see this if you like Jack, Harvey or a white-guilt tale about the border. No offense intended - it's just what it is. Watch and tell me I'm wrong?
February 23, 2012
I am very surprised that a movie like this hasn't been made recently. Yeah it's a controversial topic, but aren't some of the best movies made of controversey? This filim does show its age a bit whic I think explains the audience rating/Tomatometer discrepency, but if you want to see Jack do his thing and young Keitel match up with him, check this out.
January 28, 2012
There's nothing wrong with this film, just seems to not leave you with much to cling to after it's done. Nicholson's performance is the highlight here but as a reserved and brooding character who isn't that interesting.
I can't see ever wanting to see this again so it's getting alower score, though it isn't that terrible of film.
July 23, 2011
Every street is paved with gold and it's just across the borderline
Charlie Smith is a fairly corrupt border patrol officer that decides to move out of a trailer and into a nicer part of town. The new lifestyle causes Charlie to partake in some illegal behaviors with his fellow border patrol officers to obtain additional funds to keep up financially with his neighbors and wife's spending. When Charlie comes across a beautiful Mexican girl who is struggling to take care of her daughter, he rethinks his behaviors and lifestyle.
"We're driving you back so often we aught to start charging you bus fair."
Tony Richardson, director of Blue Sky, The Phantom of the Opera (1990), Ned Kelly, Hamlet (1969), Tom Jones, Sanctuary, and The Charge of the Light Brigade, delivers The Border. The storyline for this picture is quite compelling and delivers the premise in a way that almost depicts the Americans as the bad guys. The settings, script, and characters are well delivered. The cast delivers solid performances and includes Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Valerie Perrine, Warren Oates, and Alan Fudge.
"When you come back you'll have good jobs, $6 per day."
We have been DVR'ing random Jack Nicholson pictures over the last few years and I wanted to see this picture because it starred both Keitel and Nicholson. I loved the story of the mother and the depiction of the struggles of the young Mexican couple. I thought this picture delivered solid depth and worthwhile characters and I recommend seeing this underrated gem.
"You gotta think about going forwards not backwards."
Grade: B (7.5)
May 20, 2011
Part of my Jack Nichol-thon (bad pun intended). The story is interesting, but combined with bad audio-quality and many uninteresting characters makes for many dull and forgettable scenes. Jack Nicholson, once again, pulls a fantastic performance out of the film, considerably impressive considering what little he has to work with, and the fact he's playing against type. That said, The Border is an enjoyable movie with some good action scenes.
May 12, 2011
Nicholson is good...story is lacking...could have been better...