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A man's personality is dramatically changed after surviving a major airline crash.

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Storyline

After a terrible air disaster, survivor Max Klein emerges a changed person. Unable to connect to his former life or to wife Laura, he feels godlike and invulnerable. When psychologist Bill Perlman is unable to help Max, he has Max meet another survivor, Carla Rodrigo, who is racked with grief and guilt since her baby died in the crash which she and Max survived. Written by Reid Gagle

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Some people are afraid of nothing.

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Rated R for language and airplane crash realism | See all certifications »

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5 November 1993 (USA)  »

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$6,995,302 (USA)
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Final theatrical feature film of producer Mark Rosenberg along with Flesh and Bone (1993) and The House of the Spirits (1993) where Rosenberg acted as an executive producer on the latter. See more »

Goofs

When Klein is driving his town car in the desert, we first see the license plate (from the front) as 2ZRM111; as he drives away a few minutes later, the rear plate shows 2ZRM120. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cop: [seeing more survivors] Hey, there's more over here! Bring another team! Another team here by the tail! We're going to need a lot more help.
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Referenced in Home and Away: Episode #1.1598 (1994) See more »

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POLYMORPHIA
Written by Krzysztof Penderecki
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More intimate than sex is sharing the moment of death
19 February 2000 | by (Rural Utah, USA) – See all my reviews

Someone told me once that this film was supposed to be about post-traumatic stress syndrome. That's like saying that 2001 was about how to eat in space.

This is a movie about the most intimate moment a person can ever share with others: The moment of his death. The character Max (played by Bridges) is confronted with it, and his experience is ours.

This movie, for me, is best viewed alone, with no distractions whatsoever. One of the more powerful sublime moments in the film for me is when Max is merely sitting next to his rental car in the desert, making mud from his own spit. He sees it in a new way. And thus he sees the world. To a degree, so did I.


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