Border Incident (1949)

Border Incident




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Movie Info

In this film an immigration agent goes undercover to lure and capture traders who illegally smuggle Mexican slaves into the U.S.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: John C. Higgins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 18, 2006


as Jack Bearnes

as Pablo Rodriguez

as Owen Parkson

as Juan Garcia

as Zopilote

as Jeff Amboy

as Pocoloco

as Mr. Neley

as Clayton Nordell

as Hugo Wolfgang Ulrich

as John Boyd

as Norson

as Happy

as Leathercoat

as Bella Amboy

as Braceros

as Braceros

as Braceros

as Braceros

as Braceros

as Col. Alvarado

as One Armed Man

as Rosita

as Braceros
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Critic Reviews for Border Incident

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 19, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A richly detailed, unforgettable slice of menace.

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
East Bay Express

Tougher, more tactile than anything in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Full Review… | June 12, 2010

Audience Reviews for Border Incident


From a story standpoint this is not noir, but it sure as hell looks like it. Ricardo Montalban and George Murphy go undercover to stop an illegal alien ring. Mann's direction is fantastic and is the perfect setup to the westerns he'd later make. Border Incident is pretty violent (the tractor scene alone was pretty frightening--and I've seen The Terminal!!) by even today's standards. My only concern is with the film's social and political relevance that a remake can't be too far behind.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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