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Border Radio (1987)

R | | Drama | 14 November 1987 (USA)
Two musicians and a roadie take money that is owed to them from a job. One flees to Mexico, and everyone has questions.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chris D. Chris D. ... Jeff Bailey
Chris Shearer Chris Shearer ... Chris
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dave Alvin Dave Alvin ... Dave
Devon Anders Devon Anders ... Devon
Luanna Anders Luanna Anders ... Lu
Iris Berry Iris Berry ... Scenester
Julie Christensen Julie Christensen ... Door girl
John Doe ... Dean
Eddie Flowers Eddie Flowers ... Thug
Green on Red Green on Red ... Band in Club
Texacala Jones Texacala Jones ... Babysitter
Chuck Shepard Chuck Shepard ... Expatriate
Sebastian Sopeland Sebastian Sopeland ... Thug
Craig Stark ... Thug
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Two musicians and a roadie take money that is owed to them from a job. One flees to Mexico, and everyone has questions.

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Jeff Bailey. His wife wants him back. His band wants him on stage. Some thugs want his head. ...He wants another beer.

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Drama

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Graniczne radio See more »

Filming Locations:

Baja California, Mexico See more »

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Coyote Productions See more »
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Mono
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Trivia

This movie was originally financed by Vic Tayback, who played Mel the cook on the TV show Alice (1976). See more »

Crazy Credits

Many Curses on: Those who tried to thwart us. See more »

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Referenced in Shooting Frost with Dean Lent (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Heat Of The Sun
Written by Chris D.
From the album "Time Stands Still" (1984)
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Bordering on just awful
8 November 2015 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

Apparently most people are crazy about this "cult film". I am not. I do enjoy looking at the stylized cinematography. I liked it enough to sit through the rest of this awful film because at least I had something interesting to look at.

Three southern California punk rockers rob a club of one thousand dollars that they feel was robbed from them for services rendered, and hide out across the Mexican border waiting for - what I don't know, but I'm not alone, because they don't seem to know either They seem to completely lack any kind of plan. They have committed a serious crime but they just sit around shooting a gun into thin air, talking to dolls and smashing their faces, and acting in general like people I do not want to know. And nothing is ever said or done that makes me want to know them.

Lu (Luanne Anders), is actually married to one of these guys and they have a little girl together, and thus she starts trying to figure out what happened - why and where have they disappeared?. One of them calls her and tells her where HE is and to come down and he will tell her the story. When she arrives he acts like a complete idiot. For example, she asks "Why am I here?". He just wears a stupid grin and says "Why are any of us here?". It's like watching somebody discipline a ten year old boy. Like a ten year old boy, he's mentally old enough to know when he has done something wrong, but not able to digest the serious ramifications of anything.

As this film wears on - and it did wear on me - we learn that, IMHO, the dumbest of the three, who is constantly being bailed out by his well off parents although apparently in his mid 20's, is having an affair with Lu. Why she would pick this guy when her husband seemed like he had more potential, AND he was her husband? I was never able to figure that out.

Some people highly praise this film. I'll grant them that for the cinematography, but unless you are from southern California and were ever inside the punk rock movement, I doubt you'll glean much from this experience. I walked away from this knowing little more about the characters and feeling nothing more for them than I did at the beginning, and to me that's a major sign that a film has failed in its mission.


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