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Writers (WGA):
Lawrence Kasdan (written by) &
Meg Kasdan (written by)
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Release Date:
17 January 1992 (USA) See more »
From the director of "The Big Chill." A story of friendship and other natural wonders. See more »
Grand Canyon revolved around six residents from different backgrounds whose lives intertwine in modern-day Los Angeles... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Danny Glover ... Simon

Kevin Kline ... Mack

Steve Martin ... Davis

Mary McDonnell ... Claire

Mary-Louise Parker ... Dee

Alfre Woodard ... Jane

Jeremy Sisto ... Roberto

Tina Lifford ... Deborah

Patrick Malone ... Otis

Randle Mell ... The Alley Baron

Sarah Trigger ... Vanessa
Destinee DeWalt ... Kelley
Candace Mead ... Claire's Baby
Lauren Mead ... Claire's Baby (as Loren Mead)

Shaun Baker ... Rocstar
K. Todd Freeman ... Wipe
Deon Sams ... Jimmy
Christopher M. Brown ... Rotor

Gregg Dandridge ... Eddie

Branscombe Richmond ... Ace Cop
Walt Jordan ... Deuce Cop

Todd Allen ... Myers

Carole White ... Morning Nurse (as Carole Ita White)

Basil Wallace ... Insurance Salesman
Georgina Lindsey ... Cathy Fox

Jack Kehler ... Steve Fox

Marley Shelton ... Amanda (as Marlee Shelton)
Lynn Salvatori ... Woman In Baseball Cap
Jim Morange ... Bus Driver
Henry Kingi ... Skin
Steven Keith Davis ... Scar
Sharon Lee Jones ... Studio Girl

Mary Ellen Trainor ... Ms. Green
Ben Chaney ... Young Roberto

Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Watch Robber (as Gary Cervantes)
Ben McCreary ... Jackson
Jeanne Bates ... Mrs. Menken
Sam H. Ginsburg ... Mr. Menken

Brett A. Jones ... Window-Breaking Thug

Paul E. Short ... Myers' Partner (as Paul Short)

Willie C. Carpenter ... Simon's Friend

Antonio Royuela ... Carlos
Edward G. Perez ... Carlos' Friend #1 (as Eddie Perez)

Clifton Collins Jr. ... Carlos' Friend #2 (as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Hugh R. Ross ... Davis' Assistant
Anne Ward ... Davis' Assistant
Roxanne Kasdan ... Davis' Assistant
Cora Lee Day ... Woman In Car
John Ashby ... Woman's Driver
Jacqueline Alexandra Citron ... Forum Twin #1 (as Jacqueline Alexandra)
Kristen Amber Citron ... Forum Twin #2 (as Kristen Amber)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lawrence Kasdan ... Director in screening room (uncredited)
Dennis Wyatt ... Basketball player (uncredited)

Directed by
Lawrence Kasdan 
Writing credits
Lawrence Kasdan (written by) &
Meg Kasdan (written by)

Produced by
Michael Grillo .... producer
Lawrence Kasdan .... producer
Meg Kasdan .... associate producer
Charles Okun .... producer
Ron Stacker Thompson .... associate producer
Original Music by
James Newton Howard 
Cinematography by
Owen Roizman 
Film Editing by
Carol Littleton 
Casting by
Jennifer Shull 
Production Design by
Bo Welch 
Art Direction by
Tom Duffield 
Set Decoration by
Cheryl Carasik 
Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers 
Makeup Department
Thomas R. Burman .... special makeup effects
Bari Dreiband-Burman .... special makeup effects
Leonard Engelman .... makeup artist
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist: Mr. Martin (as Frank Griffin Jr.)
Toni-Ann Walker .... hair stylist: Mr. Martin (as Toni Walker)
Marlene D. Williams .... hair stylist (as Marlene Williams)
Production Management
Rick Gordon .... post-production manager
Charles Okun .... unit production manager
Allan Wertheim .... production manager: second unit (as Alan Wertheim)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carey Dietrich .... second assistant director
Michael Grillo .... first assistant director
Kenneth J. Silverstein .... second second assistant director (as Kenneth Silverstein)
Mark Tobey .... dga trainee
Art Department
Laurie Arnow-Epstein .... construction estimator (as Laurie Arnow)
Paul J. Campanella .... stand-by painter
Michael Diersing .... construction coordinator
Klaus-Dieter Ernst .... paint foreman (as Klaus Ernst)
Michael R. Gannon .... assistant property master (as Mike Gannon)
Scott E. Handt .... construction foreman
Val Harris .... swing gang
Dean Hensley .... construction foreman
Thom Magana .... swing gang
David Manhan .... leadman
Richard F. Mays .... set designer (Richard Mays)
Frank McEldowney .... greensman
William A. Petrotta .... property master (as Bill Petrotta)
Brent Regan .... construction foreman
Roxanne Rogers .... art department researcher
Alex Scutti Jr. .... plasterer (as Alexander Scutti)
Robert Scutti .... plasterer
Ed Thomas .... labor foreman
Sally Thornton .... set designer
David Tully .... greensman
Clyde Zimmerman .... paint supervisor
Craig Zimmerman .... swing gang
Greg Knapp .... construction medic (uncredited)
Sound Department
John H. Arrufat .... dialogue editor (as J.H. Arrufat)
Beth Bergeron .... adr supervisor
Stu Bernstein .... sound effects editor
Lance Brown .... sound designer
Margaret Carlton .... assistant sound editor
Carmen Flores De Tanis .... assistant sound editor (as Carmen Flores)
Michael Dressel .... foley editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley recordist
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound editor
Kimberly Harris .... adr editor
Mark Harris .... machine operator
Alan Howarth .... special sound effects editor
John Keating .... temp dub
Daniel Kent .... cable person
Daniel Kent .... utility sound technician (as Dan Kent)
Jonathan Klein .... adr editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
David MacMillan .... production sound mixer
Steve Mann .... sound effects editor
James Matheny .... dialogue editor (as Jim Matheny)
John Murray .... foley editor
Rebecca Nicolaou .... assistant sound editor
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer
Geoffrey Patterson .... boom operator
Matt Patterson .... sound recordist
Jim Quinn .... machine operator
Jeanine Schaack .... assistant sound editor
Gary L.G. Simpson .... stage engineer (as Gary Simpson)
Sharon Smith .... assistant sound editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
David E. Stone .... dialogue editor (as Dave Stone)
Klaus Strazicky .... sound editor
Jason King .... sound designer (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Rodney M. Byrd .... assistant special effects (as Rod Byrd)
Burt Dalton .... special effects
John Palmer .... special effects foreman
Brick Price .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Scott Campbell .... motion control camera technician: DQI
Kathy Chasen-Hay .... editorial supervisor: DQI
Arthur J. Codron .... assistant visual effects editor: DQI
Richard L. Cohen .... optical line-up technician: DQI (as Rich Cohen)
Heather Davis Baker .... down shooter: Dream Quest Images
Heather Davis Baker .... roto artist
Dennis Dorney .... optical line-up technician: DQI
Jon Farhat .... art director: DQI
Jack Fitch .... production manager: DQI
Kevin Fitzgerald .... motion control camera technician: DQI
Alex Funke .... directory of effects photography: DQI
David Goldberg .... model shop supervisor: DQI
James Green .... pinblock operator: DQI (as Jim Green)
Kris Gregg .... optical camera operator: DQI
Richard O. Helmer .... special physical effects: DQI (as Rich Helmer)
Ned Martin .... plate camera assistant: DQI
Jeff Matakovich .... optical supervisor: DQI
David McCullough .... producer: DQI
Derrick Mitchell .... visual effects editor
Craig Moore .... production assistant: DQI
Marlo Pabon .... optical camera operator: DQI
Keith Shartle .... executive producer: DQI
Chuck Shuman .... plate camera operator: DQI (as Chuck Schuman)
James Valentine .... rotoscope supervisor: DQI
Hoyt Yeatman .... visual effects supervisor: DQI
Scott Keppler .... optical lineup (uncredited)
LaFaye Baker .... stunt performer
Hank Baumert .... stunt performer
Gary Baxley .... stunt performer
Charlie Brewer .... stunt performer
Tony Brubaker .... stunt performer (as Anthony Brubaker)
Eric Chambers .... stunt performer
Myra Chason .... stunt performer
Jim Connors .... stunt performer
Diana Cuevas .... stunt performer
Jadie David .... stunt performer
Kenneth Day .... stunt performer
Maria Doest .... stunt performer
Lionel Douglass .... stunt performer
Bill Erickson .... stunt performer
Greg Gault .... stunt performer
Sandra Lee Gimpel .... stunt performer
Pat Green .... stunt performer
Steve Hart .... stunt performer (as Stephen P. Hart)
Glenn W. Herpst .... stunt performer
Chuck Hicks .... stunt performer
Leslie Howard .... stunt performer
Chris Howell .... stunt performer
Al Jones .... stunt performer (as Alton Leo Jones)
Gary Littlejohn .... stunt performer
Solly Marx .... stunt performer
Jim Morange .... stunt performer
Brad Orrison .... stunt performer
Mark Orrison .... stunt performer
Peter Stader .... stunt performer
John Stewart .... stunt performer (as John Michael Stewart)
Tierre Turner .... stunt performer
William Washington .... stunt performer
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt performer (as Gary Wayton)
Paul E. Short .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Averill .... grip (as Mark West Averill)
Rebecca Baehler .... second assistant camera
Mark Burnett .... video operator
Tom Cantrell .... lamp operator (as Tommy Cantrell)
Donald Dahlquist .... assistant chief lighting technician: Fox (as Don Dahlquist)
Alan R. Disler .... first assistant camera (as Alan Disler)
John Donnelly .... grip
Rick Dungan .... video operator
Lonnie S. Gatlin .... lamp operator (as Lonnie Gatlin)
Carl R. Gibson Jr. .... best boy grip (as Carl Gibson Jr.)
Martin Glover .... camera loader
Ron Goodman .... camera operator: SpaceCam Systems
Rob Hahn .... camera operator
Gary Holt .... chief lighting technician
Bob E. Krattiger .... chief lighting technician (as Bob Krattiger)
James E. Krattiger .... lamp operator (as Jim Krattiger)
Gemma La Mana .... still photographer (as Gemma LaMana)
Mitchell Lookabaugh .... grip (as Mitch Lookabaugh)
David L. Merrill .... dolly grip (as Dave Merrill)
Walter Nichols .... rigging gaffer
Brennan Price .... lighting technician (as Brennan L. Price)
Brennan Price .... rigging technician (as Brennan L. Price)
George Randell .... best boy grip: Fox
Rex Anson Rhorer .... grip
Tim Ryan .... key grip
Steve Sass .... camera assistant: SpaceCam (as Steven Sass)
Daryl Smith .... rigging gaffer
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Jimmy Jue .... extras casting
Donna Lee .... casting associate
Elizabeth Shull .... casting associate (as Beth Shull)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Winnie D. Brown .... costume supervisor
Ruby K. Manis .... key costumer (as Ruby Manis)
Alan Martin .... additional costumer
Phyllis Thurber-Moffit .... costume textile artist
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Axel Hubert .... associate film editor
Stephanie Lowry .... first assistant film editor (as Stephanie Ng Lowry)
Dennis McNeill .... color timer (as Denny McNeill)
Howard Spiro .... apprentice film editor
Music Department
Chris Boardman .... orchestrations
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Brad Dechter .... orchestrations
Sandy DeCrescent .... scoring contractor
Jo Ann Kane .... copyist
Michael Mason .... scoring coordinator
David Olson .... assistant music editor
Marty Paich .... conductor: orchestra
Ross Pallone .... score mixer
Ross Pallone .... score recordist
Jeff Porcaro .... musician: drums
Brian Reeves .... score mixer
Brian Reeves .... score recordist
John Richards .... score mixer
John Richards .... score recordist
Paul Salamunovich .... choral conductor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn
Jim Weidman .... music editor
James Newton Howard .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
William Ballard .... transportation captain: Fox (as Bill Ballard)
Richard Belyeu .... transportation captain (as Rick Belyeu)
James E. Foote .... transportation coordinator
James Nordberg .... transportation
John Sagray .... driver
Other crew
Malek Abdul-Mansour .... basketball advisor (as Malek Mansour)
Todd J. Adelman .... first aid (as Todd Adelman)
Ruth Auerbach .... studio teacher
Jeffrey Bacon .... title designer
Steph Benseman .... location manager
Paul Bode .... production assistant
Devron Conrad .... stand-in: Steve Martin
Jeff Dash .... accounting clerk
Steven Doren .... production assistant
Pam Ellington .... assistant production accountant (as Pamela Ellington)
Leslie Howard .... assistant production coordinator
Jake Kasdan .... production assistant
Linda Klein .... medical advisor
Charlie Mares .... craft service
Gail Martin-Sheridan .... production accountant (as Gail Martin)
Elia Martinez .... production assistant
Leslie Moraes .... assistant location manager
Boone Narr .... animal trainer
John O'Brien .... title designer
John Panzarella .... location manager
Anne Rapp .... script supervisor
Danis Regal-O'Connell .... production coordinator (as Danis Regal O'Connell)
Gail Rose .... assistant production accountant (as Gail Foreman)
Hugh Ross .... assistant: Mr. Kasdan
John D. Sarviss .... helicopter pilot (as John Sarviss)
Eva M. Schroeder .... assistant location manager (as Eva Schroeder)
Don Stanley .... coordinator: LAPD
Spooky Stevens .... unit publicist
Russ Tanaka .... first aid
Diana Vilkaitis .... production assistant
Anne Ward .... assistant: Mr. Kasdan
Michael Yheulon .... production assistant
Guy Killum .... adr voice (uncredited)
Walter Hill .... the producers wish to thank
Denise Mead .... acknowledgment: babies by (as Denise)
Robert Mead .... acknowledgment: babies by

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Rated R for language
134 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Canadian Home Video rating) | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (No. 31390)
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The scene where Mack is nearly killed by a bus, was taken from writer/director Lawrence Kasdan's own life.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 this parking lot is struggling for control. And you know what it is they're trying to control, each and every one of 'em? Fear. They're trying to control their fear.
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23 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
extraordinary, defies its genre, visual poetry, 20 March 2003

"Grand Canyon" is the rare, fleeting example of a movie handled so truthfully from the start that the journey overwhelms the give-away ending. For a superb 137 minutes flashing by, directing, acting, and screenwriting hit a nearly flawless note. Sucking on this bottle for instant gratification, however, is contra-indicated. Grand Canyon does not leave home with a nursemaid. Those who lust for predictable Hollywood spin with contrived drama and only fantastic elements of human life will feel unsatisfied with Director and Screenwriter (with Meg Kasdan) Lawrence Kasdan's stubborn defiance of proper genre hygiene. Kasdan's visual poetry draws us in to a world of separate images, forcing potential connections to jack-knife through the mind. Yet Kasdan provides no answers, at least not quickly. The radomness deliberately provokes preconditioning that "everything happens for a reason in the movies". Nothing connects. Nothing makes sense in the formula way wished subconciously. After all, one sees movies to escape life, not to immerse in it. The viewer's frustration peaks and the introspective see Kasdan's point about life's overwhelming radomness. Grand Canyon's scenes unfold throughout L.A. and Kasdan brilliantly plays on everyday scenarios of commutes, dodgy neighborhoods, and family tension until familiarity and frustration forces the viewer to hold these images as their own. The tension of the film binds with our personal emotions about how alienating life can be, about how alone we really are. For those who evaluate their suspended belief on his terms, Kasdan has a rich reward. He spoons us our medication precisely when we need it and not when we think we do. Yet by now there is little desire to fast-forward. We are entering with a sort of intrinsic trust into Kasdan's world. He has established that to "get" his story we need every word, each nuance. Kasdan's pace does not disapoint but takes off as the relationships form. His cuts and dialogue sync perfectly to the state of his characters as they (and we) make the connections. Grand Canyon truly gallops just a step in front of its audience beckoning with analytical gestures into its emotional content. But just as his message of alienation seems drilled one too many times Kasdan lifts the man-hole cover off a new hole and declares alienation isn't really what he's talking about at all. The isolating radomness is exposed as a delicate lure that creates humanity and a sense of fragility in the viewer; an understanding of the shared poignancy of coming and going ultimately, alone. We see Kasdan is really speaking of how the life's randomness heightens the beauty of connections to others simply because life usually makes no sense and of the responsibility to light the candle for people simply because we grope in darkness ourselves. In a movie as abstractly symbolic and thought provoking as "Apocalypse Now", Kasdan creates what could be Apocalypse Now's alter ego, the gentle side. His characters unveil a chosen logic, a purposeful proactivity that seems heroic in their chaotic world. However, the superb acting eliminates the possibility that Grand Canyon is populated with two dimensional goody-two-shoes. In fact, it is not so much of a stretch to imagine these characters were ourselves in their situations, a refreshing twist from the standard "wannabe" Hollywood fantasy. Kasdan does not exude easy answers, but seems to nudge us, asking "what would you do?" as we realize how precisely his everyday, chaotic world mirrors our own and how many untapped choices might be right here with us the moment we finish watching his movie and begin our life.

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