Maybe 2 1/2 stars out of 5. I didn't hate The Border but that doesn't make it a good movie. The plot was undercooked and a lot of the resolutions happened more out of convenience than anything. The cast was good and there were a few great moments (I swear the "woodpile" scene in the bar was ghost-directed by David Lynch) but the ending, including the 2 final shots were ridiculous. For hardcore Nicholson fans only.
Wow, after this and Mademoiselle, I'd have to say RIchardson was underrated. Everything about this is underrated: most underrated Nicholson movie other than The Passenger (even his Hellman work is more known) & one of the most underrated movies of the 80s. Its got a real simple but smart & beautiful story that's really well acted and ends with some real suspense (the end violence was really well shot).
"There's a place where I've been told/Every street is paved with gold/And it's just across the borderline/And when it's time to take your turn/Here's one lesson that you must learn/You could lose more than you'll ever hope to find"/Across The Boderline/Ry Cooder. The issue of immigrants is more actual than ever; immorality, corruption & "business" is part of it. Excellent cast. Try, do & get the way back to yourself.
A shame. Could have been great. Still pretty damn good in the early goings. Jack is great. Doesn't revert to playing "jack" which I personally Dnt mind but most people hate. He plays almost his character from five easy pieces 10 years later and shatted out a bit. Really interesting film that tried to be taxi driver at the end but done clumsily. Again. Could have been great