Summary: $800,000 found in the desert leads to Dallas and Nov. 23, 1963
"Flashpoint" is a nifty movie and neo-noir, featuring Kris Kristofferson and Treat Williams as two border patrol agents and Kurtwood Smith as their shadowy Washington nemesis. After Kristofferson stumbles upon a rusted out jeep buried in the sand near the Mexican border and finds $800,000 in it and a scoped rifle, Williams agrees to adopting the money as their own but only if no one else has a valid claim on it. That involves a bit of investigation, using some skimpy leads found on the skeleton of the jeep's driver. That's when their troubles begin as some men from Washington in black suits wearing guns who have authority and priority suddenly appear and take more than a casual interest. Kristofferson and Williams have no idea what's going on but the pieces gradually fall into place. They get a small assist from two gals that provide a romantic interest too (Tess Harper and Jean Smart). Rip Torn, who knew Kristofferson's dad, has two good and important scenes. It's not all peaches and cream in this solid and well-paced conspiracy thriller. The photography around Tucson and the Sonoran Desert adds greatly to the tale.