Frontera

 (423)6.61 h 42 min2014R
Miguel crosses the Arizona-Mexican border illegally and is accused of murdering the wife of a former sheriff. His pregnant wife gets involved with Mexican smugglers trying to help him. They find life changing information as they search for answers.
Directors
Michael Berry
Starring
Ed HarrisMichael PeñaEva Longoria
Genres
DramaArthouse
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Amy Madigan
Producers
Mike WitherillWilliam V. AndrewAlex Witherill
Studio
Magnolia
Rating
R (Restricted)
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Foul languageviolence
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4.6 out of 5 stars

423 global ratings

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Bruce R. SmithReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Political agenda
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This could have been a good movie. Unfortunately the producers decided to insert numerous examples of political messaging, sort of a subliminal way of influencing the audience to their agenda. Not all illegals are bad but if illegal entry is allowed you have no way of knowing who's here. As I write this (04/22/21) there is a full blown humanitarian crisis on our southern border. Foreign nationals are literally abandoning their children at the border, some as young as five. The point is that I watch movies for entertainment and I along with many others are tired of being manipulated by the Hollywood far left agenda.
10 people found this helpful
Looking CloserReviewed in the United States on April 12, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Fairytales may come true . . .
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Well-meaning story about the victimization experienced by Mexicans when illegally crossing the border. A feel-good movie that does not contend with most real problems and issues involved with illegal immigration. Some aspects are believable, corruption, sexual abuse, but somehow everything would be fine if it weren't for evil Americans and if we would just be kind. A self-fulfilled prophesy for the far left, as the far right portrays people crossing the border as all rapists and drug dealer. The film tugs at your heartstrings but misses the point, that the truth is in the motivations of those crossing the border illegally and those opposing them.
3 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 16, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
if we as humans remove politics its easy to fix!
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i don't write reviews ever!
but this is wrong wrong wrong, and right right right. the problem is simple. the solution is complex. most people coming here are looking for a better life for their families past present and future. if both of our countries were not corrupt and politicians were removed its should be easy to fix.
this is a heart wrenching movie. the dangers of citizens from both sides is wrong. now with children being dropped over a wall, is criminal all in its own. as a father that type of desperation is beyond me. we as humans must come together to fix these problems. our governments can not and will not fix this. there is too much money to be made. a wall is not the answer and no wall is not the answer. i want accountability as to who is coming and going nothing more. this movie has the answers. it has the current problems, even those that are manifested from the lack of real journalism, corruption and greed.
if you want a good unbiased look at both sides of the southern immigration issues watch it please!
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mrsammyReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing and unrealistic...
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Disappointing and unrealistic. Was hoping to see more of Harris, Peña, and Madigan. Harris’ acting was as expected , not to much range with him. Peña’s acting ability was great, as usual. Longoria’s acting I’ rate a “C-” but the storyline of the plight of her character I’d give an “A”. Overall, it was an interesting movie, that could have been done much better.
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JWReviewed in the United States on May 13, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie; excellent cast, portrayals,directing.
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The ending was left open ended, but so is the on going struggle with people trying to find a better way of life, just making it over the line is a miracle for them. They don't take American jobs that anyone else wants and for the most part add to the economy. As for drugs, it's the affluent white market which runs the sales.
I would have liked a little more complete ending as to the shooter, but this guy was probably one of many of his racist kind, so it didn't matter really; just that he was caught.
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Inquiring MindsReviewed in the United States on February 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Finally a studio & director(s) etc got it right - Very skilfull writing & superb acting - real life lessons to be learned here.
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This one is one of the best movies in years and one the very best movies for Ed Harris. He is one of those rare actors who can command the best screen presence by just "Acting" normal. There are very (very) few movies he has starred in that might not have deserved a 5*** rating. Parents especially (those with male teenagers driving trucks with guns) will want (need) to watch this movie. It doesn't get any more real than this.The casting crew did an excellent job of assembling all the supporting actors(and actresses) for this riveting movie. You might even want to skip the popcorn for this one - its that good. The ending puts the frosting on the cake (no fair telling how it ends). If you only want to (or get to) watch one movie this year - it should be this one. Its a keeper.
FloridianReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not great, but...
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Ed Harris and Michael Pena played their parts to perfection. However I'm still unsure what the message of the movie was. If you're a Mexican don't cross illegally into the United States, because you'll be shot? or perhaps, You stay on your own side of the fence and I'll stay in mine? Yes we have a problem down at the border, and coyotes are getting rich. But this movie does not offer any hope or solutions. I felt it was left unfinished.
F. J. GonzalesReviewed in the United States on July 27, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
A little firecracker with a big bang!
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[Minor Spoilers] "Frontera" (Spanish for border) is a barely known but great little movie about border-crosser "Miguel" (Michael Pena) accused of murder along the Arizona-Mexico border. But, you see, the victim is the wife (Amy Madigan) of retired sheriff "Roy" (Ed Harris), and when Roy arrives at the crime scene, it's Miguel he sees running away (by the way, the casting for Madigan and Harris couldn't have been better since they are real-life husband and wife and first shared the big screen in 1984's "Places in the Heart" with Sally Field). On further investigation on his own, though, Roy suspects that Miguel has been wrongly accused, and what a twist it is! My only complaint would be the open-ended subplot between the border thugs and Paulina (Eva Longoria) and Miguel; otherwise, all standards are above average (with Harris confidently holding the reins) in this highly recommended suspense-drama.
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