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Alamo Bay (1985)

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A despondent Vietnam veteran in danger of losing his livelihood is pushed to the edge when he sees Vietnamese immigrants moving into the fishing industry in a Texas bay town.

Director:

Louis Malle

Writer:

Alice Arlen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Madigan ... Glory
Ed Harris ... Shang
Ho Nguyen Ho Nguyen ... Dinh
Donald Moffat ... Wally
Truyen V. Tran Truyen V. Tran ... Ben
Rudy Young Rudy Young ... Skinner
Cynthia Carle Cynthia Carle ... Honey
Martin LaSalle ... Luis (as Martino LaSalle)
William Frankfather ... Mac
Lucky Mosley Lucky Mosley ... Ab Crankshaw
Bill Thurman ... Sheriff
Michael Ballard Michael Ballard ... Wendell
Gary Basaraba ... Leon
Jerry Biggs Jerry Biggs ... Buddy
Mark Hanks Mark Hanks ... Brandon
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A despondent Vietnam veteran in danger of losing his livelihood is pushed to the edge when he sees Vietnamese immigrants moving into the fishing industry in a Texas bay town.

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Alamo Bay. A place where everyone risked everything for a piece of the American Dream.

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Action | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Port Alamo See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,505, 7 April 1985

Gross USA:

$380,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$522,087
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The background to the real life events that inspired this picture were outlined by Vincent Canby in 'The New York Times' and published on 03 April 1985. Canby wrote: "After the collapse of the United States-backed Government in Saigon in 1975, more than half a million Vietnamese refugees made their way to this country [the USA], approximately 100,000 settling in Texas and many of these along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. They fished and shrimped and, by being willing to work harder and put in longer hours than the white Texan - or ''Anglo'' - boatmen, they prospered. Because of the language barrier, the Vietnamese, most of them Roman Catholics, kept to themselves in their own makeshift communities. Initially times were good, but as prices for fish and shrimp fell, competition between the Vietnamese and the Anglos intensified until, in 1979, an undeclared war broke out. It was an ideal situation for the Ku Klux Klan. The next couple of years were marked by firebombings of Vietnamese boats and houses and the destruction of their fish-traps, with the Vietnamese retaliating in kind. There was no denying the urgency of the confrontations when, in 1980, a young Vietnamese shot and killed an Anglo fisherman named Billy Joe Aplin. To the economically beleaguered Anglos, of lot of whom had fought in Vietnam, the refugees were ''gooks'' and Communists who, according to the Anglo way of seeing things, had been saved by the United States Government - and by American blood - only to be able to take the food out of the mouths of good, solid, native-born patriots. To the Vietnamese, America had become a nightmare of violence and bigotry". See more »


Soundtracks

Too Close
Performed by Amy Madigan and John Hiatt
Guitar by Ry Cooder
Piano by Jim Dickinson
Drums by Jim Keltner
Bass by Jorge Calderon
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More fact than fiction
26 June 2004 | by hilifenews-1See all my reviews

The movie is stilted and slow in today's terms but does give a fairly accurate historical representation of the struggle of the Vietnamese shrimpers versus the KKK in the early eighties. Morris Dees and the newly formed Southern Poverty Law Center came to Kemah and Seabrook to make sure the Klan did not become the ruling class in the Texas Bay Area. The actual story can be found at www.tolerance.org or the southern poverty law center site. Louis Malle (yes he was French) was a great director who was married to actress Candice Bergen. He died of cancer in the late nineties. The movie does show a fledgling actor, Ed Harris, who has gone on to make many successful movies. The script was written by the writer of "Silkwood" which was another docudrama. It is worth watching for the history alone. Shows the pain felt by the locals and the immigrants.


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