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Border Incident1949

Border Incident (1949)




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

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George Murphy
as Jack Bearnes
Ricardo Montalban
as Pablo Rodriguez
Howard Da Silva
as Owen Parkson
James Mitchell
as Juan Garcia
Arnold Moss
as Zopilote
Charles McGraw
as Jeff Amboy
José Torvay
as Pocoloco
John Ridgely
as Mr. Neley
Arthur Hunnicutt
as Clayton Nordell
Sig Rumann
as Hugo Wolfgang Ulrich
Harry Antrim
as John Boyd
Ned Young
as Happy
Fred Graham
as Leathercoat
Lynn Whitney
as Bella Amboy
Jerry Riggio
as Braceros
David Cota
as Braceros
Robert Cabal
as Braceros
Elias Gamboa
as Braceros
Martin Garralaga
as Col. Alvarado
Paul Marion
as One Armed Man
Lita Baron
as Rosita
Joe Dominguez
as Braceros
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Critic Reviews for Border Incident

All Critics (6)

A richly detailed, unforgettable slice of menace.

February 13, 2014 | Full Review…

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

June 12, 2010 | Full Review…

a film of stylistic virtuosity saddled with a humdrum scenario, yet graced with a few subversive surprises.

June 21, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Powerful, both politically and as visual style.

August 9, 2007 | Full Review…

Border Incident is a volatile movie, liable to go off at any moment.

July 14, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A routine crime melodrama.

October 19, 2004 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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.

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