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.