This Charles Bronson vehicle tackles a serious subject - the profiteering in illicit Mexican immigration - with workmanlike dramatic skill and a notable preference for realism over hokum.
This Charles Bronson vehicle tackles a serious subject – the profiteering in illicit Mexican immigration – with workmanlike dramatic skill and a notable preference for realism over hokum.The film’s big name is self-effacing almost to the point of elusiveness. As a long-serving, compassionate border patrolman, Bronson is hunched and hated virtually throughout; his face is mostly masked by heavy shadow. The professionally-honed, conventional plot pits him against a younger, ruthless racketeer who runs wetbacks across the border at an exploitative price on behalf of a US business corporation. Newcomer Ed Harris is memorable as the frontline villain, displaying screen presence to match the star’s and thus injecting a powerful sense of danger.
ITC. Director Jerrold Freedman; Producer Martin Starger; Screenplay Steve Kline, Jerrold Freedman; Camera Tak Fujimoto; Editor John Link; Music Gil Melle; Art Director Michael Levesque
(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 97 MIN.
Charles Bronson Bruno Kirby Ed Harris Karmin Murcelo Michael Lerner