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April 14, 2017
A solid and stunningly shot thriller but lacking for Tony Richardson.
½ December 5, 2015
More people kind of need to know about this one.
March 15, 2015
2/15/2015: The acting was very good, but the movie was not that entertaining or interesting. I was mostly bored throughout.
½ January 16, 2015
Encontrarmos Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel e Warren Oates, no mesmo filme, bastaria para que "The Border" fosse imprescindível, mas o valor deste conto moral protagonizado por homens rijos vai além dessa oportunidade de ver grandes senhores em cena. Em primeiro lugar e acima de tudo o resto, Jack Nicholson tem um daqueles papéis de que é praticamente impossível desviar o olhar, tal é o seu magnetismo e estofo humano. Não seria de admirar que o igualmente fabuloso Javier de Benicio del Toro (em "Traffic") tivesse retirado alguma da sua inspiração deste polícia de fronteira. Fronteira que é aliás uma figura da maior importância no filme de Tony Richardson, realizador que tem bem delineados os limites entre a futilidade (Califórnia) e as necessidades básicas (México), ou entre a integridade e a falta dela. No final há um glorioso tiroteio à moda de Peckinpah e "The Border" só não é intocável por falta de algum ritmo no segundo acto.
½ May 3, 2014
Interesting take on border corruption.
½ October 26, 2013
Nicholson gives a good brooding performance, but other than that he did not have much support. Props for raising awareness about the border problems with Mexico, including the criminal element and corruption. It brings americans off their cloud of ignorance and bliss.
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.
½ May 23, 2013
HOLY SHIT LOL. A bit boring in the beginning, but Jack is really cute. And then near the end everything gets COMPLETELY BADASS! WOW!
½ 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.
April 14, 2013
Mexicans have fun while Jack trys not to kill anyone.
½ 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.
October 28, 2012
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?
September 2, 2012
a different Nicholson- well done.
½ May 22, 2012
Fine modernday Western drama featuring a rather understated performance from Jack Nicholson which holds the film together as it does have the tendency to wander a little bit.
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 .
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.
January 15, 2012
Great performance by both Jack Nicholson and Harvey Keitel! Also, the late Warren Oates is at his finest. Nice on-locations shots in Guatemala and Antigua. Nice ending. I think it's one of Nicholson's best..
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