Scorpion Spring (1995)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama, Post-Noir (Modern Noir), Road Movie  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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This violent crime drama has its dramatic roots in old spaghetti westerns. It is set in a small southwestern town on the US-Mexican border. The ordeal begins as a lone Frenchman hitchhikes. He is boorish, misogynistic actor Denis Brabant who was dumped there by his lover after he informed her of his wife's pregnancy. Meanwhile, all-around good guy Zac Cross is on a phone trying to convince his lover, Beth, to return to him. Denis asks for a ride. Zac, who is low on cash decides to take him in provided he pay his way. They load up Zac's convertible and set off. Soon they end up entangled with Astor, a drug dealer, and the non English-speaking Mexican girl Nadia, who hit the travelers up for a ride across the border. Along the way, they encounter a variety of self-serving characters.

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danger, actor, drug-dealer, hitchhiker, misogyny, on-the-road, pregnancy