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The Border Reviews

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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)
½ 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...
½ May 3, 2011
Interesting and very toned down performance by Nicholson. Definitely worth a look.
January 21, 2011
a different Nicholson- well done.
½ August 22, 2010
Decent film. Nicholson gives a great performance as usual.
½ June 14, 2010
Another solid Nicholson film.
May 29, 2010
This is a good movie. Jack Nicholson gives an amazing performance. He is an ordinary guy who is thrust into a situation because of his loving, but materialistic wife and his neighbor who will do anything to get ahead. The themes hear are interesting. The ending is another hammered together hollywood happy ending because audiences didn't like the original grim ending. However, this an interesting and dark film that just needed that little extra push to be great.
April 25, 2010
As informative as entertaining. Great acting by Nicholson. Besides being victimized by poverty in Mexico much of it because of racist politics, these poor people are exploited by predators of every stripe. Informative for the twinkies who think we live in a utopia and we are severely righteous.
½ January 21, 2010
Nicholson's understated but persuasive performance is what anchors this familiar thriller about police corruption on the on the US Mexico border
December 27, 2009
Want To See ItWant To See It
½ October 8, 2009
Formulaic, but dark and quite effective. It definitely has a nasty ending - especially for Harvey Keitel.
September 23, 2009
A ok watch overall....wasnt too exciting in the end...knowing Nicholson i was expecting more madness...thankfully not !!
September 5, 2009
Overall this was a pretty good movie. Nicholsan's character reminds me a little of his role in Five Easy Pieces in some ways. Harvey Keitel was alright in it too. Unfortunately the movie is marred by some ridiculous action scenes and two-dimensional villains that cheapen it a great deal. I get the feeling that some Hollywood executive gave the director a few too many notes or something. The credits said that the music was by Ry Cooder but it all pretty much sucked and didn't sound like his stuff to me. It could have been much better with just a few changes here and there.
September 1, 2009
A man's desire to 'fell good about something' leads him to anger his partner, boss and the local underworld. Underrated JN performance let down by Harvey's cardboard bent plod and a tacked-on shoot-out finale.
For fans of extreme dustiness only.
August 27, 2009
Good performances by Jack Nicholson and Harvey Keitel. I have been meaning to see this film for awhile and I finally got the chance.
½ July 11, 2009
A bit of an under the radar Nicholson film. Jack gives a subdued performance here as Charlie Smith, a border patrol agent recently transplanted from California. He's married to a ditzy broad played by Valerie Perrine who's stocking the house with waterbeds, rubber lined pools, and furniture while he's out rustlin' up illegals and getting sucked into a scam by next door neighbor and fellow officer played by Harvey Keitel. The scheme involves shipping illegal immigrants into Texas for cash, Jack can't quite get on board with this and all sorts of dusty, bloody mayhem ensues. Warren Oates pops up briefly as Jack and Harvey's superior, couldv'e used a little more screen time though. Jack is drawn to a girl played by Elpidia Carrilo who has been separated from her child. In an effort to win her trust and for his own peace of mind, Jack retrieves the kid, freeze frame, cheesy postcard ending. All in all a very good flick from 82', Jack rockin' a porn stache, Keitel impaled by a bulldozer, some sad rotten dental plan havin' bastard blows his own face off. What's not to love? Soup's on!
April 8, 2009
Old times good movies
February 16, 2009
Jack Nicholson's och Harvey Keitel's spel samt Ry Cooder's soundtrack gör den här filmen godkänd.
December 13, 2008
Not bad, but too preachy. Might go over a bit easier given today's climate though.
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