The Border

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Released 1981

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Director:
Tony Richardson
Released:
1981
Rating:
R
The Border is a 1982 crime drama directed by Tony Richardson. Charlie Smith (Jack Nicholson) is a U.S. Border Patrol Agent who has recently been transferred from California to Texas. There, he meets veteran Border Patrol agents Red (Warren Oates) and Cat (Harvey Keitel). Smith just wants to do his job well and take care of his family to the best of his ability, but his wife Marcy (Valerie Perrine) keeps pushing him to provide her with a wealthier lifestyle. He soon finds out about the corruption happening along the border, and finds out that his new partner, Cat, is involved in illegal activities for monetary gains. Smith finds himself involved in corrupt activities and accepting bribes to make them both happy, but a serious incident forces him to decide what path he will follow in the future. The film is one of several movies released in the 1980s that dealt with immigration from Mexico and the corruption that reportedly occurs along the border.moreless

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Crime, Thrillers