- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 11, 2004
- Originally Released: 1981
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"I married a banana."
- Charlie Smith (Jack Nicholson) to Marcy (Valerie Perrine)
Variety - 01/27/1982
"...[Nicholson delivers a] multi-leveled performance..."
New York Times - 01/29/1982
"...Made with intelligence....Nicholson supplies Charlie with reserves of feeling..."
Los Angeles border guard Charlie Smith and his wife move to El Paso in hopes of a finding a higher standard of living. They quickly run up a huge debt on swimming pools and patio furniture, and the overwhelmed Charlie finds himself tempted to take bribes from the Mexican kingpins who smuggle illegal aliens across the border.
Race Relations |
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: January 29, 1982.
- Shot on locationn in El Paso, Texas.
- Producer Edgar Bronfman, one of the heirs to the Seagram's liquor fortune, was himself once kidnapped but was released unharmed.
- During the shooting of a particular scene that he thought was overchoreographed, Jack Nicholson simply said to director Tony Richardson, "Less Josh Logan, more [Elia] Kazan."
- Screenwriter Deric Washburn (THE DEER HUNTER) was fired before production began, and another writer, Walon Green (THE WILD BUNCH), was brought in to rewrite the script.
- The film was inspired by a series of Los Angeles Times articles about illegal aliens crossing the border from Mexico.
- The film was already completed when the production company decided to scrap the original ending, forcing the filmmakers to go back and shoot a more upbeat one.