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Academy Award® Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. is a Border Patrol Officer in the New Mexico desert with a secret past that is about to catch up with him. When his old gang leader tracks him down and forces him to smuggle drugs across the border, he must choose between the life he swore to leave behind and saving his family at any cost. Omari Hardwick, (The Guardian, Gridiron Gang), Sharon Leal (This Christmas, Dreamgirls), and Evan Ross (ATL, Pride), co-star in this hard-hitting thriller that pushes the action over the line.

A decent potboiler with an original story idea, Linewatch stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as U.S. Border Patrol Agent Michael Dixon. Patrolling part of the border between Mexico and America, Michael is good at his job, compassionate toward illegal aliens and tough on those who exploit them. While pursuing a "coyote" (someone who smuggles aliens over the border) who left a truckload of Mexicans to die, Michael inadvertently breaks up a meeting between drug-smuggling criminals. The aborted gathering, it turns out, involved members of a vicious, L.A. gang that once included Michael as a member and prospective leader, unbeknownst to his wife (Sharon Leal). The gang's current leader, Drake (Omari Hardwick), demands that Michael help him work out a way to get the drugs or watch his family suffer the consequences. Largely rumbling along as a low-key suspense thriller, Linewatch has a number of quirky elements. The most interesting is a familial bond between Drake and his gang expressed through constant, inconsequential banter that could easily be part of a Quentin Tarantino movie. There is also the surreal battleground of the story's border problems, manifested in a weird scene in which Drake's boys get into a simultaneous shootout with Minutemen-like vigilantes and adolescent Mexican boys in soldier regalia. Kevin Bray, an experienced television director, proves competent guiding the material and actors to the screen. But it's hard not to wonder what someone like Sam Peckinpah might have done with Linewatch. --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: Omari Hardwick, Sharon Leal, Cuba Gooding, Evan Ross
  • Directors: Kevin Bray
  • Producers: Karri O'Reilly, Reuben Liber, Brad Krevoy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Thai
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, Thai, Mandarin Chinese, Korean
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,856 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Linewatch" on IMDb

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J. Slevin VINE VOICE on March 10, 2009
Format: DVD
I wish I had watched the extras before viewing the movie. You get a real sense of what the message is and get an 'Aha' moment after viewing it. Linewatch is a very well done, very good cinematograpy, excellent feel.

Yes, a bit slow, I think the portrayal is one of what life is like for the Border Patrol. You have your moments where you have activity, but there are times where you are out in the wilderness and time just drags on. There are a few comments about family life, 'wish we could move,' and the like. You do get a sense of beauty, seeing the variety of landscape that is the American desert. Filmed in New Mexico, you get that endless feeling, that the desert just never ends.

The movie takes off when our main character runs into his former gangsta connections. He and his family are taken 'for a ride' as you sense the two sides, Gooding vs. the Ganstas, are vying for power. As the extra mentions, he is a man seeking redemption. You have a lot of young actors, very new in their careers, who play very believable parts.

The most interesting scene is where the drugs are finally delivered (this is what the gangsters are looking for) very close to the border.

What I like is that the producer is attempting to weave a couple of stories and messages into one with a plot to boot. We have the border and all the troubles of illegal crossings, the drug war and the Border Patrol, really on the front line of both. We get an introduction to some 'Patriots' who are violent as well. Not sure if that is more of figment of imagination or not, because we hear about the patriots on the border, but not as extreme as these guys are.

The slowness is for a purpose, sit back and relax and wait to be pleasantly surprised by an overall great movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roger Bagula on August 26, 2008
Format: DVD
In Texas as far from the LA crips and bloods as he could get 'mad dog'
has a lonely job and a nice family. Chasing a coyote brings up ancient history come to haunt him. He has enough trouble with white vigilantes.
He runs into his homies as they are trying to get a shipment of drugs up from Mexico. These are murderers and drug pushers from the big city
in his dry washes and desert territory. The trouble isn't going to leave him or his family alone... Good tension and acting here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Calamity Jane on January 24, 2010
Format: DVD
Cuba Gooding Jr, a Border Patrol Guard, is blackmailed by gangsters from his past who threaten his family if he doesn't help them smuggle drugs into the country.

Not much dialog. Plenty of musical scores that sound alike. Lots of guns, shooting and blood, with the hero hunting down the gangsters at the end. Typical storyline. Predictable ending. Cuba Gooding is not seen at his best. Were it not for him this movie would receive no stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 22, 2010
Format: DVD
One wonders when Cuba Gooding, Jr is going to find roles that are equal to his talent. LINEWATCH is a sleepwalk/phone-in role written for him by David W. Waterfield and directed by Kevin Bray in a story that attempts to take on a few too many problem situations in one session - illegal immigration, the human manipulation and abuse by the Coyotes and those involved in the crime industry of illegal transportation, Los Angeles ghetto crime life, across the border drug trafficking, family values in gangsters who turn to an honest life, etc. Not that these problems don't deserve our being reminded of serious situations constantly present, but the story has been told many times in better ways.

Michael Dixon (Cuba Gooding Jr.) is an ex-gang member living close to the Mexican border with his beautiful wife Angela (Sharon Leal) and daughter as he serves as a US Border Patrol Agent. His heart is in the right place and when he discovers a van full of expired immigrants the pain of his job surfaces. Simultaneously he discovers a band of drug smugglers who work to find a way to transport drugs across the border in to the US - a gang comprised of Michael's old gang. His 'friend', near psychotic Drake (Omari Hardwick - very impressive in this role), makes threats to Michael cajoling him into working with Mike's ex-gang to route the drug smuggling trucks across the border using Mike's affiliation with the US Border Patrol information. The stress that Michael feels under the threat of the gang's violence to his family leads him to act in a manner that brings the story to an end.

Gooding remains a fine screen presence: had he been given a better script and story it would be a pleasure to see him again. The supporting cast is fine, the cinematography by Paul M. Sommers is dirty and gritty as it should be and the musical score by Jeff McIlwain all but smothers the dialogue. The reason this film didn't make it in theaters is very obvious. Grady Harp, November 10
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By Peter on February 1, 2011
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Cuba Gooding's character in LINEWATCH is as powerful as his character in TUSKEEGEE AIRMAN. Both movies are important additions to video libraries of any student or professor of American history. Like to think his line, 'I am his family' will sound the death-nell in real-life for hip-hop monkeyshines, gang-bangers and their associates who are worse than the klan itself.
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This is a gripping story about how ypu can't hide from your past. It is graphic at times with some dead bodies shown and some gun play and an accident with injuries. The plot is a good one. Cuba Gooding Jr does not disappoint.
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