Introduced by Robert Morast, Houston Chronicle arts & entertainment editor
Jack Nicholson stars as Charlie Smith, a burned-out border-patrol officer in a small Texas town near El Paso. He makes ends meet by joining his coworker (Harvey Keitel) for kickbacks in what amounts to a homegrown slave trade. But Charlie’s corrupt behavior changes when the baby of an impoverished woman is put up for sale on the black market.
“[It] feels like it could have been released last month, still as topical and as vital as it was upon first release.” —podcastingthemsoftly.com
“If you want to see Jack Nicholson give a simple, compelling performance with absolutely no hambone antics, look no further than this underrated drama.” —efilmcritic.com
About the Speaker
A North Dakota native raised on a ranch, journalist Robert Morast has been the Houston Chronicle arts and entertainment editor since 2016, preceded by stints including Arizona State University, the Virginian-Pilot, the Argus Leader, and the ProRodeo Sports News. Morast also co-authored the horror film The Girl in the Photographs, which was produced by Wes Craven and was an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival.