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Fearless -- Jeff Bridges stars with Isabella Rossellini in the story of two people reconnecting with humanity--two survivors of the same plane crash, one crushed by grief, the other Fearless.
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Writers (WGA):
Rafael Yglesias (novel)
Rafael Yglesias (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 October 1993 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeff Bridges ... Max Klein

Isabella Rossellini ... Laura Klein

Rosie Perez ... Carla Rodrigo

Tom Hulce ... Brillstein

John Turturro ... Dr. Bill Perlman

Benicio Del Toro ... Manny Rodrigo

Deirdre O'Connell ... Nan Gordon

John de Lancie ... Jeff Gordon (as John De Lancie)
Spencer Vrooman ... Jonah Klein
Daniel Cerny ... Byron Hummel

Eve Roberts ... Gail Klein

Robin Pearson Rose ... Sarah

Debra Monk ... Alison

Cynthia Mace ... Cindy Dickens

Randle Mell ... Peter Hummel

Kathryn Rossetter ... Jennifer Hummel
Craig Rovere ... FBI Agent #1

Doug Ballard ... FBI Agent #2
Molly Cleator ... Faith - IHOP Waitress

Rance Howard ... Bald Cabby
Schylar Gholson ... Sam Gordon
Trevor Gholson ... Benjamin Gordon
Anne Kerry Ford ... Mother of Baby
Michael Mulholland ... Red Cross Volunteer
Cliff Gober Jr. ... Paramedic

Sally Murphy ... Jackie O'Neil

Steven Culp ... Emergency Doctor

John Towey ... John Wilkenson

Stephanie Erb ... Lisa
Cordis Heard ... Flight Attendant
Paul Ghiringhelli ... Reporter
Ryan Tomlinson ... Jonah's Friend
Eric Menyuk ... Sears Salesman
Don Amendolia ... Male Survivor

Rondi Reed ... Veronica Castane
Elsa Raven ... Grey Haired Lady
William Newman ... Elderly Man

Jeanine Jackson ... Redhead
Don Boughton ... Ted Matlin

David Carpenter ... Chester Tucker
Rome Owens ... Leonardo 'Bubble' Rodrigo
Kevin Brophy ... TV Reporter
Joe Paulino ... Reporter #2
Michael Ching ... Doorman
Roger Hernandez ... Priest

Antoinette Peragine ... Laura's Sister
Ramoncita Hernández ... Abuela (as Ramoncita Hernandez)
Isabel R. Martínez ... Tia
I. Rodrigo Martinez ... Tio
Mel Gabel ... Reflecting Can Hobo
Jama Smith ... Flight Attendant #2
Donna Keegan ... Flight Attendant #3
Trisha Brittenham ... Flight Attendant #4
Linda Lee ... Flight Attendant #5
Daryl Hemmerich ... Flight Attendant #6
Gerald L. Kersey ... Pilot
Randy Danekas ... Co-Pilot
Gene DeAngelis ... Intercity Captain
Danielle Clegg ... Young Survivor

Joan Murphy ... Ice Cream Mom
Shannon Ratigan ... Harassed Husband
Adelaide M. Wolf ... Harassed Wife

Loyd Catlett ... Texan
Rebecca Hardt ... Ballet Student
Suzanne Q. Burdeau ... Danielle's Mother
Maria J. Rockwell ... Jackie's Sister (as Maria Bembenek)
Richard Blum ... Passenger #1
Ashley Cemo ... Passenger #2
Norman Fessler ... Passenger #3
Lisbeth Rasmussen ... Passenger #4
Ken Mofhitz ... Passenger #5
James E. Flannigan ... Passenger #6
Lavina Wilkerson ... Passenger #7
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... Helicopter Pilot

Michael Tamburro ... Helicopter Pilot (as Mike Tamburro)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tory Christopher ... Toy Store Customer (uncredited)

Brian Danker ... S.F.P.D. Officer (uncredited)
Ryal Haakenson ... Mall's Customer (uncredited)

Marshal Hilton ... Man in Car (uncredited)
Matthew Parrott ... Angry Man (uncredited)

Ron Roggé ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Weir 
Writing credits
Rafael Yglesias (novel)

Rafael Yglesias (screenplay)

Produced by
William S. Beasley .... co-producer (as William Beasley)
Alan B. Curtiss .... associate producer
Robin Forman Howard .... co-producer (as Robin Forman)
Christine A. Johnston .... associate producer
Mark Rosenberg .... producer
Paula Weinstein .... producer
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
Cinematography by
Allen Daviau (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William M. Anderson  (as William Anderson)
Armen Minasian 
Lee Smith 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Production Design by
John Stoddart 
Art Direction by
Christopher Burian-Mohr  (as Chris Burian-Mohr)
Set Decoration by
John H. Anderson  (as John Anderson)
Costume Design by
Marilyn Matthews 
Makeup Department
Edouard F. Henriques .... makeup artist (as Ed Henriques)
Bette Iverson .... hair stylist
Alicia M. Tripi .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
William S. Beasley .... production manager
Rosemary Dority .... post-production supervisor: Australia
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William S. Beasley .... second unit director
Alan B. Curtiss .... first assistant director
Robert Huberman .... second second assistant director
John Rusk .... first assistant director: second unit
John Rusk .... second assistant director
Art Department
Frank Anderson .... swing gang (as Frank J. Anderson)
Craig B. Ayers Sr. .... greensman (as Craig Ayers)
Mark Boucher .... swing gang
Nigel A. Boucher .... lead man
Marco A. Campos .... construction foreman (as Marco Campos)
Robert E. Denne .... stand-by painter (as Robert Denne)
Roger G. Fortune .... assistant art director (as Roger Fortune)
Michael R. Gannon .... assistant property master (as Michael Gannon)
Miguel A. Garcia .... swing gang (as Miguel Garcia)
Chris H. Kelly .... construction foreman: San Francisco (as Chris Kelly)
Gary A. Krakoff .... construction coordinator
Ric McElvin .... lead: San Francisco
David J. Negron Jr. .... illustrator (as David Negron Jr.)
Suzanne Lee Peck .... art department coordinator (as Suzanne Peck)
William A. Petrotta .... property master (as Bill Petrotta)
Christopher Windisch .... construction foreman
Mychael Bates .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Glenn Forbes .... set dresser (uncredited)
Matsune Suzuki .... introvision art department (uncredited)
Clyde Zimmerman .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steve Burgess .... foley recordist: Australia
Benita Carey .... assistant dialogue editor: Australia
Jeanine Chiavlo .... dialogue editor: Australia (as Jeanine Chialvo)
Phil Judd .... sound re-recording mixer: Australia
Rick Lisle .... assistant sound effects editor: Australia
Gerry Long .... foley artist: Australia
Paula Lourie .... assistant sound effects editor: Australia
Wayne Pashley .... sound effects editor: Australia
Livia Ruzic .... adr editor: Australia
Kenneth Schwarz .... boom operator (as Kenny Schwarz)
Annabelle Sheehan .... dialogue editor: Australia
Lee Smith .... sound designer: Australia
Peter Townend .... sound effects editor: Australia
Garry Van Scarboro .... cable person
Libby Villa .... assistant dialogue editor: Australia
Karin Whittington .... dialogue editor: Australia
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound mixer (as Charles Wilborn)
Special Effects by
Peter Albiez .... special effects
Albert Delgado .... special effects foreman (as Al Delgado)
Gary L. Karas .... special effects
Kelly Kerby .... special effects (as Kelly Kirby)
Robert L. Olmstead .... special effects
Ken Pepiot .... special effects coordinator
Gintar Repecka .... special effects
Douglas Calli .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Nick Davis .... visual effects technical supervisor: Introvision
Abra Grupp .... visual effects producer: Introvision
John P. Mesa .... visual effects cameraman: Introvision (as John Mesa)
William Mesa .... visual effects supervisor
Andrew Naud .... visual effects producer: Introvision
Charles Wood .... visual effects art department: Introvision
Chris Dawson .... visual effects camera operator (uncredited)
David Fogg .... visual effects assistant (uncredited)
Karl J. Martin .... visual effects model maker (uncredited)
Heather Burton .... stunts
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts (as Gilbert Combs)
Joe Dunne .... stunts
J.B. Getzwiller .... stunts
Chris Howell .... stunt coordinator
Jamie Jo Medearis .... stunts
Joey Box .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Rocky Capella .... stunts (uncredited)
Loyd Catlett .... stunts (uncredited)
Ben Cooke .... stunt double (uncredited)
Gene Hartline .... stunts (uncredited)
Beau Holden .... stunts precision driver (uncredited)
Terry Jackson .... stunt double: Tom Hulce (uncredited)
Mark Le Mon .... precision car driver (uncredited)
Kurt D. Lott .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Jeff Mosley .... stunts (uncredited)
Randy Peters .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Arnold .... assistant chief lighting technician
Paul C. Babin .... camera operator
Dante Cardone .... gaffer: visual effects unit
Tom Connole .... director of photography: second unit (as Tom Cannole)
Elyse Couvillion .... second assistant camera (as Elise Couvillion)
Michael Kenner .... key grip
Stan McClain .... aerial photographer (as R. Stanton McClain)
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Merrick Morton .... still photographer
Reggie Newkirk .... first assistant camera
Russell Reilly .... best boy grip
Jim Shelton .... dolly grip (as James R. Shelton)
Michael J. Spehar .... rigging gaffer (as Michael Spehar)
Larry Wallace .... chief lighting technician
Sunny Johnson .... grip (uncredited)
Louis Niemeyer .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Bill Pelkey .... electrician: San Francisco (uncredited)
Jeffrey A. Sklar .... camera loader (uncredited)
Casting Department
Nicole Arbusto .... casting associate
Judith Bouley .... extras casting: San Francisco/Bakerfield
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rudolph Garcia .... costumer (as Rudolph E. Garcia)
Mary C. Lane .... costumer
Elaine Maser .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Nick Cole .... assistant film editor: Australia
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
John Lee .... assistant film editor: Australia
Paula Lourie .... assistant film editor: Australia
Simon Martin .... assistant film editor: Australia
Tara McKinley .... assistant film editor
Plummy Tucker .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor (as Dan Carlin)
Hank Dutt .... musician: viola, "Mai nozipo" (as Kronos Quartet)
David Harrington .... musician: first violin, "Mai nozipo" (as Kronos Quartet)
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Joan Jeanrenaud .... musician: cello, "Mai nozipo" (as Kronos Quartet)
Shawn Murphy .... music mixer
Shawn Murphy .... music recordist
John Sherba .... musician: second violin, "Mai nozipo" (as Kronos Quartet)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Randy Peters .... transportation captain
Tom Rebber .... transportation co-captain (as Thomas Rebber)
Candace Wells .... transportation captain
Bryce Guy Williams .... transportation coordinator (as Bryce Williams)
George Williams .... transportation co-captain
Lee Willis .... transportation co-captain
David Diaz .... driver: Isabella Rossellini (uncredited)
Other crew
Kara Baker .... assistant: Ms. Weinstein
David M. Bernstein .... staff assistant (as David Bernstein)
Gordon Black .... consultant: disaster/rescue
Bob Boyle .... advisor
Bart Brown .... assistant: Ms. Forman and Mr. Beasley
Loyd Catlett .... assistant: Mr. Bridges
John P. Coale .... legal advisor
Martha Corrigan .... staff assistant
Robert C. Decker .... location manager: Los Angeles (as Robert Decker)
Bernard Dethiers .... staff assistant
Craig Dietrich .... production associate
Rory Enke .... location manager: San Francisco
Chandos Erwin .... staff assistant (as John Chandos Erwin)
Matthew Flood Ferguson .... staff assistant
Marshal Hilton .... stand-in: male
David Lamb .... assistant location manager
Lucille M. Michaels .... first aid (as Lucille M. Michael)
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Tom Power .... staff assistant
Scott Robertson Price .... staff assistant (as Scott Robertson)
Mayda Renizzi-Holt .... assistant production accountant
Randolph R. Rhodes .... staff assistant (as Randy Rhodes)
Ken Ryan .... production accountant (as Kenneth J. Ryan)
Dennis Schardt .... liaison: San Francisco police
Spooky Stevens .... unit publicist
Wendy Stites .... special design consultant
Ethan Stone .... staff assistant
Mark Suveg .... craft service (as Mark C. Suveg)
Samantha Vudgorovic .... assistant: Ms. Weinstein
Lanny Waggoner .... advisor
Rachel Watanabe-Batton .... assistant: Mr. Weir
Richard Wicklund .... teacher
Rebekah Williams .... assistant location manager
Bill Daly .... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)
Jeff Dash .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Curran G. Engel .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Rick Law .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tom Lent .... adr voice (uncredited)
Francesca Prada .... production assistant (uncredited)
Susan Turner-Cray .... stand-in (uncredited)
Lisa Wilhoit .... additional voices (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
Rated R for language and airplane crash realism
122 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Jeff Bridges and Benicio Del Toro; and two Oscar nominees: Rosie Perez and Tom Hulce.See more »
Errors in geography: While driving after the crash, Max checks his map and points to Highway 99 between Bakersfield and Los Angeles. However, he is obviously out in the middle of the Mojave desert and nowhere near either city.See more »
[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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62 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Touches places in the soul never dared to be reached before, 12 December 2003
Author: wayne-112 from Martha's Vineyard, MA

Other reviews I have read here do a great job of summarizing the plot and key elements of this film. I just want to reiterate, first, how incredible the cast is. Working in a plot that demands attention to and awareness of subtleties, *every* actor, on down to the smallest part, puts forth flawless performances, and are directed brilliantly. If I was John Turturro, I'd have calmed it down a little, but if he did that, he wouldn't be John Turturro. :)

Isabella Rossellini is given the strongest role of her career (I mean, in *Blue Velvet*, she was scorching and daring, but she was played as a bit of an archetype and dream figure, and not as a woman struggling through a life crisis in quite so identifiable a way). Rather than fall prey to playing her role as an insensitive wife who doesn't understand the extraordinary passage her husband is undergoing, she is given the chance to really be a hero in her own right. She could *never* understand--but she tries to--and gives extraordinary credibility in a role of struggling to give what she can as Jeff Bridges' Max Klein hurtles himself into his obsessive self-made universe from his ordeal and survival. When it's clear she can no longer do that, she becomes a noble warrior to fight for her own sanity and that of her son. The procession of her character is flawless and every moment feels right.

The interplay between Rossellini and Rosie Perez is played out with unexpected honesty, restraint and brilliance. Perez' Carla has her own parallel situation, with a husband who completely can't understand why she won't exploit the situation for all she can get in court (a great early small performance from Benecio Del Torro). He is, like Rossellini, troubled by the bizarre and nonobvious intimacy that has developed between his wife and Jeff Bridges, two people whose lives might never have ordinarily crossed. Perez is, as has been mentioned elsewhere here, devastating. Her grief over the loss of her son is sustained and utterly utterly credible.

This brings us to Jeff Bridges. Man, oh man, this is his career masterpiece performance--arguably the greatest leading acting role of the 1990's. He *gets* what writer Rafael Yglesias and Peter Weir are narrowly aiming for here, and it's something no other movie has approached that I've seen. It is--the instantaneous and seemingly lifelong bond that develops between those who have been through a life-changing crisis, and how that can completely absorb them to the exclusion of *everything* else in their lives. What sounds like a subtle point here is **nailed** by Yglesias and Weir, and I can't imagine another actor who could have gotten what that feels like. I know from personal experience--mine was nothing like a plane crash--but the phenomenon that this movie ventures to explore that I just described, which may seem like mostly bizarre behavior shifts in Bridges' character to those who haven't experienced what I'm talking about--is in fact as real as love, fear, or passion itself. What Bridges realizes in putting together Max Klein is that he's *utterly* lucid--he feels as though he sees things as clearly as he ever has in his life and *never* wants to let that clarity go to revert to a more "rational" way to confront the trauma he has gone through.

Others have mentioned the "why didn't this get bigger press" issue. The studio was quite nervous that this was an art house movie and didn't promote it as heavily as they might have. It actually did quite well at the box office initially and early advocacy for Bridges and Weir to get Oscars were definitely out in the review stream, but this had the misfortune of being released *just* before a little movie called *Schindler's List*, which summarily grabbed the cinematic spotlight and completely eclipsed everything else at the Oscars.

Director Peter Weir himself considers this his greatest work and was greatly stung by what he considered the slight it was given by Hollywood and the public. In many ways it has shaped a cynicism towards Hollywood he has had ever since, and it would be five years before he'd find it in himself to direct another film.

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