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Grand Canyon (1991)

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Grand Canyon revolved around six residents from different backgrounds whose lives intertwine in modern-day Los Angeles. At the center of the film is the unlikely friendship of two men from ... See full summary »


Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Alley Baron
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Candace Mead ...
Claire's Baby
Lauren Mead ...
Claire's Baby (as Loren Mead)


Grand Canyon revolved around six residents from different backgrounds whose lives intertwine in modern-day Los Angeles. At the center of the film is the unlikely friendship of two men from different races and classes brought together when one finds himself in jeopardy in the other's rough neighborhood. Written by Anonymous

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From the director of "The Big Chill." A story of friendship and other natural wonders. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 January 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Au coeur de la ville  »

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Box Office


$33,243,020 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Producers and screen-writers Meg Kasdan and Lawrence Kasdan are married. See more »


When Claire is driving Roberto home after summer camp, its obvious the vehicle she is driving is on a trailer, as her steering wheel movements do not match the change in the vehicle's direction. See more »


[first lines]
Davis: You know what your problem is? You're always talking about X. But you're thinking about Y. You gotta learn to talk about Y. Forget about X. X is gonna take care of itself.
Mack: What are you talking about?
Davis: I'm just asking you to hear yourself. Listen to what you're really saying and under what you really saying: control, control, control. When are you gonna realise nothing can be controlled? We live in chaos. It's the central issue in everyone's life. Mack, look around you. Everyone in ...
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Referenced in The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1992) See more »


Only in America
Written, Produced and Performed by Gardner Cole
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One of the greatest movies I've had the pleasure to see!
19 November 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I'll keep this one quite short. I believe that this is an extraordinary movie. I see other reviewers who have commented to the effect that it's badly written, poorly shot, has a terrible soundtrack and, worse, that it's not real in its portrayal of life. OK, so it may not be quite believable for its whole length, but this movie carries a message of hope which some others seemed to have missed. Hope that it isn't too late to save people from the terrible things that go on in so many lives. Gangland violence is real, right? Is it right, no! This movie carries an important social message which the cynics may dislike but which nonetheless is to be praised, rather than denigrated. I have watched this movie with great enjoyment at least eight times, each time with equal enjoyment and each time with the feeling that maybe the world could be made better and is not beyond saving (well not until 2008 anyway). 9 out of 10 from me for this one. It's very nearly perfect in my view. JMV

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