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Across The Line (2010)

Andy Garcia , Aidan Quinn , R.Ellis Frazier  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andy Garcia, Aidan Quinn, Mario Van Peebles, Danny Pino
  • Directors: R.Ellis Frazier
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Maya Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041NZNUO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,591 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Andy Garcia - Big time films and box office and Academy Award Nominee, Mario Van Peebles - Actor/director. Producer, Adain Quinn - Big time films and Emmy Award Nominee, Luke Goss- HellboyII / Tekken/ BladeII , Gina Gershon- Face Off/ Bound /PS I Love You

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Desperate to payoff a large debt, a besieged local Narco-head (Garcia), rounds up every crooked cop on his payroll to track down the financier and uncover the fortune that could save his family from a gruesome end. Also chasing the $2billion is a retired Russian mobster, who after being swindled by the charismatic crook , dispatches a lethal mercenary team ( led by Luke Goss) to bring his nemesis back DEAD OR ALIVE. It's also personal for the FBI task force officer ( Van Peebles) who let the financier slip through his fingers back in the USA; This agent knows that his career rides on returning to the States with the billionaire embezzler in his possession

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good for Straight-to-DVD December 7, 2010
By Compay
Format:DVD
Across the Line (also known as The Exodus of Charlie Wright) isn't quite movie-theater quality, but stands out as one of the better straight to video flicks I've seen in a long time.

The film tells the story of Charlie Wright, a California businessman that has defrauded others out of billions of dollars. Wright takes flight to Mexico where he's pursued by the FBI, Tijuana gangsters, and Russian mafia mercenaries.

For being straight to DVD, the film is shot extremely well. Great visuals of Mexico, plus a solid movie score. Director R. Ellis Frazier, who himself lived in Mexico for a number of years, takes a page from Soderbergh's "Traffic" with interesting color correction styles. Frazier's talent shows in this film, and could be the next Antoine Fuqua if given a better budget to work with.

The film also features an interesting cast of actors. Aidan Quinn appropriately comes off as a shell of a man, as the lead character Charlie Wright. But it's Andy Garcia who steals the show, in an excellent performance as aging Mexican crime lord Jorge Garza. His role is complemented by Danny Pino, who I became a fan of from his days as Armadillo Quintero in The Shield. For being almost 50, Gina Gershon as Garza's wife looks just as hot as she did in Showgirls, though she doesn't get much screen time. The rest of the cast is rounded out by experienced actors such as Corbin Bernsen, Raymond J. Barry, Luke Goss and Bokeem Woodbine.

The plot itself is fairly simple, but it ultimately works thanks to a few quality performances and its theme of redemption. Don't expect too much if you're an action junkie, as shootout scenes are limited. Across the Line is a step up from La Linea, the last Frazier-directed movie I watched. But due to a low budget, it's definitely not on the level with Traffic or Man on Fire.

If you like crime dramas with a bit of meaning behind them, you should absolutely check this film out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine acting and great cinematography March 18, 2011
By swamp
Format:DVD
Despite the fact that this film was a direct-to-dvd product it still has a lot to offer. The viewers looking for an action-packed film will no doubt be disappointed as there are really only two scenes with violence (but even so both those scenes were fraught with tension and well executed) but viewers who enjoy a film for its characters and ambience will be pleasantly surprised. Charles Wright, a thinly disguised Bernie Madoff type, is a white-collar thief on the run from the FBI. He does not flee to South Africa or Barbados to live out his life in ease and wealth but instead heads directly for Tijuana where he hopes to find the daughter he has never meet. Once there he becomes the focus of three different groups. The Tijuana group, with Andy Garcia doing a great job portraying the pater familias, wants Wright for the money he still has control of in order to get out from under from a group of very serious people from Mexico City. The Russian Mafia group, this headed by the always impressive Luke Goss, wants him for the 100 million dollars he cheated the mafia bosses out of, an insult to heavy to be allowed. And the FBI, with Mario Van Peebles taking the lead, just want him. The interplay between these groups remains interesting throughout the film but the chief drivers are Aiden Quinn as Charles Wright and the actual city of Tijuana. Quinn portrays as man in obvious flight, not only from the law and from creditors but from the waste that he has made of his life. He plays this role well. Using almost no dialog, Quinn still manages to portray a life of pain and self-loathing. Tijuana, which hasn't been portrayed in a film in a very long time, is shown simply for what it is; the seedy and yet human and colorful cancre of Baja California. While Wright is seeking redemption and everyone else is seeking Wright, the film glides to a rather surprising end. The plot is loose at times but the film can bear it. Worth watching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of those films that is hard to review; I actually enjoyed it but was left sort of unfulfilled. It is based on the true story of Charlie Wright. His investment company carried out a Ponzi scam investment and by the time the balloon went up, he had managed to get at least a couple of billion dollars into offshore bank accounts. There was over ten million gone in the first place so this made this Americas biggest ever investment fraud.

Charlie (Aiden Quinn) realises the game is up and decides, not unreasonably some might say, to do a runner with the cash; we must not judge he has been brought up in the world of investment bankers after all.

The problem is one of his unfortunate clients is a boss in the Russian mob. They decide to hire a specialist gun who will get him and bring the money back. Enter Damon (a lean looking Luke Goss of eighties cr@p band `Bros' or `Toss' as I used to call them). He gets together a crew and starts looking for their man, and they are seriously tooled up. Meanwhile Charlie has turned up in Tijuana, Mexico to search out the one woman who truly loved him. That love was however twenty years ago and of course he used her and then abandoned her to become a real banker.

I am forgetting `the feds', yeah they are always involved and this lot are headed up by a statesman like Mario Van Peebles as Agent Hobbs. His boss is the usual ball breaker who wants Wright to come back and face the music no matter what. Third problem for the unassuming thief (sorry I mean banker) Mr Wright is that he is in Tijuana which belongs to Jorge Garza, sort of small time crime lord of the border crossing and played by a bearded Andy Garcia who has some debts and knows he can shake down Charlie if he gets there first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Aidan Quinn and Andy Garcia
When they are good they are very very good and when they play bad boys they are better. Watch It.
Published 1 month ago by Geradine Dinardo
3.0 out of 5 stars "Don't cross my lines", Andy Garcia at his best!
Just off the movie title alone "Don't Cross The Lines" I would have to give this one a perfect rating but this one missed the mark. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Steve A A.
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good for Straight-to-Blu-Ray
Across the Line (also known as The Exodus of Charlie Wright) isn't quite movie-theater quality, but stands out as one of the better straight to video flicks I've seen in a long... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Compay
3.0 out of 5 stars Just waiting to die ...
Compared to the first movie, this was tepid.
Characters were waiting to die.
The plot was weak.

Good for passing time only ...
Published on February 26, 2012 by maniac
5.0 out of 5 stars Skillful filmaking, mixed up story
I really liked this movie and recommend it. The filmaking, acting and cinematography are skilled.

However, it received some negative reviews here and I can see why. Read more
Published on November 26, 2011 by Doctor.Generosity
2.0 out of 5 stars I loved the premise but the payoff failed
I really wanted to like this video. However I fell asleep twice. I did go back and re-watch those areas but found very little. Read more
Published on October 6, 2011 by TJ-STL
4.0 out of 5 stars Good performances
"Across the Line" is a straight to video 2010 crime drama ostensibly about a crooked financier's attempt to escape from the FBI, the Tijuana mafia, and the Russian mob. Read more
Published on September 15, 2011 by Dr. James Gardner
2.0 out of 5 stars Good cast, but film miss the mark.
This film had a lot of potential; the plot was jump started and became a moving target never making its point. Read more
Published on July 4, 2011 by Mark Leavitt
4.0 out of 5 stars not too bad
As a big fan of Andy Garcia I decided to watch this movie despite some bad reviews and I was actually glad that i did. Read more
Published on January 1, 2011 by mike k
1.0 out of 5 stars ????
WTF ? That's what you'll be asking yourself watching this movie, as in Why The F*** don't I turn this movie off. Read more
Published on December 24, 2010 by not roger ebert
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