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18 October 1990 (USA) See more »
A time for dreams... A time for choices... A time that would never come again. See more »
After 18 months Sam returns to his place of birth. He wants to ask his girlfriend Meg who he had let down when he left... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Russell Crowe ... Johnny

Robert Mammone ... Sam
Danielle Spencer ... Meg
Emily Lumbers ... Jenny
Rodney Bell ... Shorty
Ben Oxenbould ... Heavyfoot
Myles Collins ... Stretch

Marc Aden Gray ... Nort (as Marc Gray)
Megan Connolly ... Kathleen
John Blair ... Billy
Rani Lockland ... Gail
Ajay Rochester ... Mandy (as Lea-Ann Towler)
Paul Robertson ... Birdie
George Whaley ... Sid
Jacquy Phillips ... Marion (as Jacqy Phillips)
Les Foxcroft ... Pop
Daphne Grey ... Jean
Patrick Ward ... Nev
May Lloyd ... Peg
Warren Coleman ... Clag
Maroochy Barambah ... Frances
Steve Dodd ... Old Spider
Cathren Michalak ... Mad Hilda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ross Bombaci ... Nick
Fred Goldsworthy ... Keith

Directed by
George Ogilvie 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ranald Allan  written by

Produced by
Al Clark .... executive producer
Jenny Day .... associate producer
Phil Gerlach .... executive producer (as Philip Gerlach)
Sue Seeary .... producer
Original Music by
Martin Armiger 
Cinematography by
Jeff Darling 
Film Editing by
Henry Dangar 
Casting by
Faith Martin 
Production Design by
Igor Nay 
Art Direction by
Kim Darby 
Costume Design by
Katie Pye 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry Osborne .... second assistant director
Maria Phillips .... second assistant director
Chris Webb .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jane Murphy .... scenic artist
Philip Worth .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Julius Chan .... sound effects editor
Phil Heywood .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Keating .... boom operator
David Lee .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... visual effects
Russell Allan .... stunts
Tom Coltraine .... stunts
Wally Dalton .... stunts
Mitch Deans .... stunts
Mark Hennessy .... stunts
Loren Jeffs .... stunts
Ray Jones .... stunts
Rocky McDonald .... stunts
Johnny Raaen .... stunts (as Johnny Raeen)
Glenn Ruehland .... stunt coordinator
Glenn Ruehland .... stunts
Greg Stuart .... stunts
Avril Wynne .... stunts (as April Wynne)
Simon Yates .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Lester Bishop .... key grip
Richard Bradshaw .... second assistant camera
Calum McFarlane .... additional focus puller
Garry Phillips .... focus puller
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lyn Askew .... wardrobe supervisor
Fiona Nicolls .... stand-by wardrobe
Music Department
Martin Fabinyi .... music coordinator
Coralie Hartl .... orchestra contractor
Phillip Hartl .... concert master
Derek Williams .... conductor
Derek Williams .... orchestrator
Derek Williams .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Ward .... vehicle coordinator
Other crew
Sean Clayton .... production runner
Pru Donovan .... production accountant
Kerry Fetzer .... caterer
Hugh Johnston .... location manager
Deborah Samuels .... production coordinator
Esben Storm .... story consultant
Donna Wallace .... assistant accountant
Jo Weeks .... continuity

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92 min
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Crowe Makes "The Crossing", 17 October 2005
Author: Christopher T. Chase ( from Arlington, VA.

When I read that this was Russell Crowe's big break, I wasn't sure what to expect, and I was a bit apprehensive since I'd never heard of it before. Although I wasn't just bowled over, I was pleasantly surprised. For a movie made in 1990, it has the teen or twentysomething-angsty feel of those old black-and-white potboilers you would see at the drive-in from American International, or RKO Radio Pictures. The soundtrack and accurately dressed period settings help enhance the feel even more effectively.

Prodigal son Sam (the achingly handsome Robert Mammone) returns home to the small Aussie town where he grew up, where he's welcomed home like a hero, and the glowing embers of the romance he had with best girl Meg (Danielle Spencer, now Mrs. Russell Crowe), threaten to reignite into a roaring bonfire once again.

But, as in all dramas of this genre, there are complications. The one in this story is Johnny (Russell Crowe), the emotionally scarred best bud who stayed behind to console Meg, and whom the heartbroken girl took up with. The stage is set for tragedy to occur, and it comes to that sad conclusion with predictable timing, as all three members of this ill-fated love triangle must make their own "crossing" into a world where love, honor and being true to one's self always comes with consequences; sometimes the kind that we least expect, or desire.

Mammone and Spencer are great and fresh-faced in their archetypal roles, but the person you can't take your eyes off of is Russell. Like Brando, Beatty and Dean before him, he owns, even channels the electrifying and emotional role of Johnny, and yet he pulls it off in a unique way that doesn't come across as a cheap imitation of any of the aforementioned actors. He gives the kind of performance that not only makes you sit up and take notice, but hope that you'll be able to see him again in bigger and better roles that will equal his expansive talents. Fortunately for him and us, that's exactly what happened.

THE CROSSING is worth checking out, for those interested in tracking the path of how, literally, a star was born.

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