by Anthony KingCop Land but in El Paso.
The IMdB synopsis for The Border is like if the synopsis for Moonstruck read, “After being caught having an affair by his daughter, a man reconsiders his philandering habits.” Sure, that's true. That happens. But ultimately that's not the movie you're going to see. In The Border, the synopsis tells us a corrupt border agents rescues the baby of a Mexican woman. Sure, that's true. That happens. But that synopsis says nothing about the scene where Jack Nicholson and Valerie Perrine begin foreplay on a brand new water bed to the sounds of a seafood restaurant commercial selling itself as the place with the non-fishy taste and non-fishy smell.
Two years before The Border we got the Charles Bronson flick Borderline (co-starring Ed Harris in his first movie). The Bronson is a little more exploitative while the Nicholson has more heart. Other than that, they're the same movie. That isn't to say, though, that you should skip one or the other. Both are very entertaining and each are full of your favorite character actors. While Borderline leans all the way into its exploitation roots, The Border tries to be more serious, and in turn gets a little messy. Working from a script by Deric Washburn, Walon Green, and David Freeman, director Tony Richardson isn't fully able to bring cohesion to a story that tries to do too much.