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Border Cop (1980)

The Border (original title)
US Border Patrol agent Frank Cooper is keeping a fine balance between doing his duty and empathizing with illegal Mexican border jumpers in 1970s California.

Director:

Christopher Leitch

Writer:

Michael Allin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Telly Savalas ... Frank Cooper
Danny De La Paz Danny De La Paz ... Benny Romero
Eddie Albert ... Moffat
Michael V. Gazzo ... Chico Suarez
Cecilia Camacho Cecilia Camacho ... Leina Romero
Robin Clarke Robin Clarke ... Officer Eddie Hale
Mary McCusker ... Hippie Girl
Herman Blood Herman Blood ... Chivo
Noé Murayama ... Mosca (as Noe Murayama)
Harry Madsen Harry Madsen ... Patrol Harold Fisk
Guillermo Vega Guillermo Vega ... Paco
Gary Davis ... Surfer
Ricardo Frera Ricardo Frera ... Ramon
Josefina Echánove ... Whore (as Josefina Echanove)
Maritza Olivares Maritza Olivares ... Whore
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Storyline

In late 1970s California U.S.Border Patrol agent Frank Cooper is trying hard to be fair.He is keeping a fine balance between honestly doing his duty and empathizing with many of the illegal Mexican border jumpers who cross his path.Cooper personally knows some of the repeat offenders and empathizes with them.He knows that many poor Mexican border jumpers come to the USA to work for small wages to help their families left behind in Mexico.Cooper bears no grudge against these helpless unfortunates but he also knows that he took an oath and must do his duty with honor.He tries to help some of the illegals without breaking the law.But Cooper faces two major obstacles in the person of his boss Moffat who's corrupt and that of the local human smuggler Suarez who is prepared to kill anyone interfering with his activities. Written by nufs68

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Where the law crosses the line.

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1981 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blood Barrier See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

One of the first US indie films to premiere in the US on pay cable TV (HBO) without a US theatrical release. See more »

Goofs

After Benny Romero is beaten up, knifed in the back and had his face razor bladed in the saloon fight with the Suarez henchman, the next scene shows him coming off the truck at Suarez' place, and his face is unmarked and clean, showing no sign of the fight. See more »

Quotes

Frank Cooper: Compassion? If I had compassion I'd stick a .357 up your ass and blow your brains out!
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"BORE-der Cop" is more like it
11 April 2013 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Telly Savalas showed in his career that he could play heroic roles as well as bad guys. He plays a good guy role here, and he does his best, but most of the rest of the movie erodes his efforts. After a passable action beginning (which boasts some impressive stunt work), the next half hour or so is a real bore, with practically NOTHING in this half hour advancing the plot. Eventually, things start moving again, though pretty slowly for the most part. But despite that, the movie remains pretty boring, with Savalas' character curiously offscreen for several sections of significant length. The movie ends on an odd note, as if the filmmakers ran out of money and weren't able to film an ending that would have been really satisfying. Apart from the opening sequence, the only other part of the movie that will have viewers alert is a scene in a slaughterhouse, which shows the (real) slaughter of cattle that will disgust most viewers.


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