Borderline film screen grab


What is a Western? Film Series: Borderline (1980)

Part of the series What is a Western? Film Series

Saturday, April 6, 2024, 1:30 p.m.

The Autry Theater

Free for Autry Members | Museum Admission Included with Ticket
Reservations Recommended | Space is Limited


About the Event

Charles Bronson stars in this modern-day Western as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent who goes undercover on the San Diego-Tijuana border to catch the head of a human trafficking ring responsible for the murder of his partner. The first major feature to focus on the role of smugglers in illegal immigration, it was praised as a non-partisan depiction of the issue and is still relevant 45 years later.   

Screening followed by a conversation with director and co-writer Jerrold Freedman  

Moderated by Luis Reyes, author of Viva Hollywood: The Legacy of Latin and Hispanic Artists in American Film

Directed by Jerrold Freedman | Starring Charles Bronson, Bruno Kirby, Ed Harris, and Enrique Castillo

Charles Bronson Borderline Trailer 1980

The What is a Western? Film Series explores the wide range of movies that can be considered Westerns and how they shape our understanding of the American West. Each screening includes a guest lecturer who will introduce the film and explain its significance in the genre.  

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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