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With: Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Howard Da Silva, James Mitchell, Arnold Moss, Alfonso Bedoya, Teresa Celli, Charles McGraw, Jos� Torvay, John Ridgely, Arthur Hunnicutt, Sig Ruman, Otto Waldis
Written by: John C. Higgins, based on a story by George Zuckerman, John C. Higgins
Directed by: Anthony Mann
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95
Date: 10/28/1949

Border Incident (1949)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Anthony Mann directed this amazingly vicious film noir just at the tail end of his career as a "B" moviemaker. The plot has a Mexican agent (Ricardo Montalban) and an American agent (George Murphy) teaming up to go undercover and stop an illegal migrant worker operation. The film begins, like Mann's earlier T-Men and Raw Deal, with a voiceover narration, giving the film a documentary-like urgency. But John Alton's remarkable, stylized black-and-white cinematography quickly takes it somewhere new, somewhere quite a bit more stirring. Border Incident is a volatile movie, liable to go off at any moment, and without the comfort of a happy, predictable ending.

DVD Details: Border Incident is only available in Warner Home Video's "Film Noir Classic Collection Vol. 3," but it's worth the price, for this and for Nicholas Ray's On Dangerous Ground (1952).{subid}&url=hitlist.asp?searchfield=marvel
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