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Bordertown (2007)

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A journalist investigates a series of murders near American-owned factories on the border of Juarez and El Paso.

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Gregory Nava

Writer:

Gregory Nava
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maya Zapata ... Eva Jimenez
Irineo Alvarez Irineo Alvarez ... Domingo Esparza
Rene Rivera ... Aris Rodriguez
Jennifer Lopez ... Lauren Adrian
Martin Sheen ... George Morgan
Karolinah Villarreal ... Young Lauren
Debrianna Mansini ... Flight Attendant
Randall Batinkoff ... Frank Kozerski
Gonzalo Mauro Montiel Aguirre Gonzalo Mauro Montiel Aguirre ... Curandero (as Gonzalo Mauro Montiel)
Antonio Banderas ... Alfonso Diaz
Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez ... Lourdes Jimenez (as Zaide Sylvia Gutierrez)
Amelia Zapata Amelia Zapata ... Lourdes's Friend
Julio Cesar Cedillo ... Julio
Jorge Urzua Jorge Urzua ... Eduardo Lopes
Ruben G. Rojas Ruben G. Rojas ... Eduardo's Man (as Ruben Rojas)
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Storyline

Lauren, an impassioned American reporter for the Chicago Sentinel heads to Juarez, a Mexican bordertown, in order to investigate a series of mysterious slayings involving young factory women from all over Mexico. As she discovers hundreds of victims, she gains the trust of local factory workers but falls into danger. Written by Jlo-fan

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Truth can be murder. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence including a brutal rape, sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Release Date:

16 May 2008 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Verdades que matan See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,332,427
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer-producer-director Gregory Nava fashioned the screenplay from the many interviews with people he interviewed regarding the film's subject matter as he had done with his earlier film El Norte (1983). See more »

Quotes

Lourdes Jimenez: Si, we work in the factories, we know a little English.
Lauren Adrian: Well, maybe with your little English, and my VERY little Spanish, we can get through this.
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Connections

Version of Muertas (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Porque La Vida Es Asi
Written by Marc Anthony and Víctor Manuelle
Performed by Jennifer Lopez
Courtesy of Sony Music/ATV and KIYAVI Music Corp./Peer LTD
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See the Film, Pass the Word: A Call for Involvement in Public Action
3 February 2008 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

BORDERTOWN is more than a suspenseful film about a tragic reality that has been terrifying Juarez, Mexico for years. This film, written and directed by Gregory Nava ('Mi Familia', 'El Norte', 'Selena', etc), approaches a public service campaign on the part of Nava and the rest of his cast and crew - especially producer/star Jennifer Lopez. After the stunning effect of the film, the viewer is encouraged to watch the several excellent featurettes on the DVD - and then try to remain uninvolved.

Chicago Sentinel editor George Morgan (Martin Sheen) convinces the reluctant reporter Lauren Adrian (Jennifer Lopez) to fly to Juarez, Mexico to cover a combustible story about the ongoing rapes and murders of women who work the factories along the border for little pay. Lauren would prefer becoming a foreign correspondent and extracts a promise that if she takes on this ugly assignment ('I don't speak Spanish and I don't know anything about Mexico'), Morgan will grant that request. When the beautiful blond Lauren arrives in Juarez she is shocked by the reality: a very young factory worker girl Eva (the fine young actress Maya Zapata) has managed to survive a rape and attempted murder, literally climbing out of her grave and escaping. Lauren and Eva bond and Lauren realizes that her story about the 5000 victims of this heinous serial killing may just rest with the information Eva holds: she can identify her assailants. With the aid of anxious newspaper owner Alfonso Diaz (Antonio Banderas) the three begin the dangerous struggle to unveil the truths about the cover-up of the deaths: the police and government corruption in Mexico are matched by similar deeds in the USA in order to protect the NAFTA arrangement which apparently holds the profit of the mega-factories of more importance then the mere lives of thousands of Mexican women. How the trio infiltrates the corruption (and the buried secret realities of Lauren's humble beginnings) provide the remainder of the film.

Nava elects to shoot this film in garish light and emphasizes the tragic filth and mire of the living conditions of the peasants along the border - each hoping to escape the life situations by crossing into the US. He manages to maintain a coarse cinematic effect that enhances the story. Not only Is Lopez in top form, but also she is assisted by a fine cast of fellow actors including Sonia Braga, Juan Diego Botto, Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, Rene Rivera among others. Yes, the story has been told before, but that only means there are many people who want this contemporary tragedy to end. In one of the features on the DVD we are given addresses and names to contact to help stop this horrendous 'feminicide'. Take serious note. Grady Harp


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