Bordertown Reviews

  • Dec 14, 2015

    J. Lo and Antonio Banderas had great chemistry in this movie as time-traveling actors who movie-bomb some stodgy studio-era dram-com.

    J. Lo and Antonio Banderas had great chemistry in this movie as time-traveling actors who movie-bomb some stodgy studio-era dram-com.

  • Dec 03, 2015

    Basically the same as (the original) Scarface, but starring Paul Muni as a Mexican instead of an Italian. I guess it was probably progressive or anti-racist for its time. Certainly the rich, respectable, bourgeois, WASP characters are the most despicable. But it's all over the place, it's not coherent enough, not least in its sympathy (or condescension?) for rather crudely-portrayed Mexicans.

    Basically the same as (the original) Scarface, but starring Paul Muni as a Mexican instead of an Italian. I guess it was probably progressive or anti-racist for its time. Certainly the rich, respectable, bourgeois, WASP characters are the most despicable. But it's all over the place, it's not coherent enough, not least in its sympathy (or condescension?) for rather crudely-portrayed Mexicans.

  • Aug 05, 2014

    another romantic triangle pic

    another romantic triangle pic

  • Apr 13, 2013

    Smoldering Anger Against Racism--Follow-up to Bondage!!

    Smoldering Anger Against Racism--Follow-up to Bondage!!

  • Jan 24, 2013

    Very irritating drama in which Paul Muni graduates from an alleged school and become a-way-in-over-his-head lawyer, only to impress his mother. He fails to do so miserably (like this film in terms of convincing the viewer for it to be believable) and looks for other work, of which a criminal (Eugene Pallette) hires him to be his secretary, where he gets involved with him, and his wife (Bette Davis). Performances by other cast members are overshadowed by Muni's hammy, inconsistent (especially in terms of Mexican accent, which sounds Italian and American at times) contribution to this deservedly forgotten movie. Annoying, pretty predictable, and once again, Muni ruins the whole the movie. One of Davis' worst as well.

    Very irritating drama in which Paul Muni graduates from an alleged school and become a-way-in-over-his-head lawyer, only to impress his mother. He fails to do so miserably (like this film in terms of convincing the viewer for it to be believable) and looks for other work, of which a criminal (Eugene Pallette) hires him to be his secretary, where he gets involved with him, and his wife (Bette Davis). Performances by other cast members are overshadowed by Muni's hammy, inconsistent (especially in terms of Mexican accent, which sounds Italian and American at times) contribution to this deservedly forgotten movie. Annoying, pretty predictable, and once again, Muni ruins the whole the movie. One of Davis' worst as well.

  • Dec 30, 2012

    Amusing movie here that almost paints everyone with a broad stroke of brush. Paul Muni plays a Mexican (!!) lawyer trying to make it in law in the Mexican part of LA, but loses his first case badly, not because of his mishandling of the law , but also, as the judge states, he's got that Mexican savage blood in him! He returns to Mexico to become the second hand of a successful casino. The manager's wife (played by Bette Davis) can't stop making goo-goo eyes at him, even killing her husband to get her our of the way. Soon he falls in love, no not with Davis, but with the original client he was prosecuting against in LA, this makes Davis go insane, while the client lady is still calling Muni a "savage". This is pretty ridiculous. but it's fun wondering where on earth this is going to go next. It does take a while to get going though.

    Amusing movie here that almost paints everyone with a broad stroke of brush. Paul Muni plays a Mexican (!!) lawyer trying to make it in law in the Mexican part of LA, but loses his first case badly, not because of his mishandling of the law , but also, as the judge states, he's got that Mexican savage blood in him! He returns to Mexico to become the second hand of a successful casino. The manager's wife (played by Bette Davis) can't stop making goo-goo eyes at him, even killing her husband to get her our of the way. Soon he falls in love, no not with Davis, but with the original client he was prosecuting against in LA, this makes Davis go insane, while the client lady is still calling Muni a "savage". This is pretty ridiculous. but it's fun wondering where on earth this is going to go next. It does take a while to get going though.

  • Sep 27, 2011

    The ending was kind of abrupt and felt rushed. The story was pretty good up until the last 20 minutes. Bette Davis does a decent job playing a neurotic, murderous wife.

    The ending was kind of abrupt and felt rushed. The story was pretty good up until the last 20 minutes. Bette Davis does a decent job playing a neurotic, murderous wife.

  • Aug 08, 2011

    Monday, August 8, 2011 (1935) Bordertown DRAMA/ THRILLER/ SOCIAL COMMENTARY Starts off very promising but turns cliche as the film progresses has Paul Muni as a naive immigrant from Mexico who assumes to become a successful laywer in America but finds financial gain in other means after wasting 5 years studying American law! Bette Davis also stars as wife of the wealthy owner but yearns for Muni's attention and affection! Movies that're simlar to this El Norte, In America to name a few! This film may have also helped Muni land other foreign roles

    Monday, August 8, 2011 (1935) Bordertown DRAMA/ THRILLER/ SOCIAL COMMENTARY Starts off very promising but turns cliche as the film progresses has Paul Muni as a naive immigrant from Mexico who assumes to become a successful laywer in America but finds financial gain in other means after wasting 5 years studying American law! Bette Davis also stars as wife of the wealthy owner but yearns for Muni's attention and affection! Movies that're simlar to this El Norte, In America to name a few! This film may have also helped Muni land other foreign roles

  • Aug 05, 2011

    the shoqw is all muni here but all good folks in supporting roles ok too.

    the shoqw is all muni here but all good folks in supporting roles ok too.

  • Oct 01, 2009

    Don't even know why I watched this.

    Don't even know why I watched this.