Cinema: Grubby Hero

THE BORDER

Directed by Tony Richardson

Screenplay by Deric Washburn, Walon Green and David Freeman

When, early in The Border, Jack Nicholson muses about how, back in California, "I liked feeding those ducks," one's first reaction is: "Feeding them what? Strychnine?" Nicholson's voice, with the silky menace of an FM disc jockey in the eighth circle of hell, has always suggested that nothing in the catalogue of experience is outrageous enough to change his inflection. Even when he goes shambly and manic (Goin' South, The Shining), Nicholson's voice and those tilde eyebrows give the impression that...

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