The Border Reviews
"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
Nicholson plays Charlie a border guard ,who slowly becomes embrolied in the so called running of WETS or migrants from across the border in Mexico.
You know their is trouble instore when your boss is Warren Oates and your best friend is Harvey Keitel and sure enough trouble is only is a hearbeat away.
Nicholsons wife isnt helping things spending money like water on things they cant afford and forever pestering Charlle about his career pospects.
Into this cauldon Nicholson becomes embroiled with a migrant named Maria who pricks Charlies concience.
The film is pretty interesting and Nicholson is very good here keeping all the histronics in check .
The thing that baffles me is Tony Richardson of Tom Jones fame directed this.
Thats not a bad thing per se but the film feesl like it should have been directed by a Peak Sam Peckinpah or Walter Hill who could have bought out the films more grittier aspects.
As it stands its an interesting addtion to the modern day Western .
I can't see ever wanting to see this again so it's getting alower score, though it isn't that terrible of film.
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)