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Fearless -- As survivors of a plane crash, Max and Carla help each other search for meaning in their own existences. Max's wife Laura is marred when he seems unable to reconnect with his family.
Fearless -- A man's personality is dramatically changed after surviving a major airline crash.


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Writers (WGA):
Rafael Yglesias (novel)
Rafael Yglesias (screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 November 1993 (USA) See more »
Some people are afraid of nothing.
A man's personality is dramatically changed after surviving a major airline crash. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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)
Timothy Niver .... 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
Location Management
Robert C. Decker .... location manager: Los Angeles (as Robert Decker)
Rory Enke .... location manager: San Francisco
David Lamb .... assistant location manager
Rebekah Williams .... assistant location manager
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
Bernard Dethiers .... staff assistant
Craig Dietrich .... production associate
Chandos Erwin .... staff assistant (as John Chandos Erwin)
Matthew Flood Ferguson .... staff assistant
Marshal Hilton .... stand-in: male
Lucille M. Michael .... first aid
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
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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Rated R for language and airplane crash realism
122 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Hero (1992/I) and Fearless (1993) are two movies based around very similar subject matter released almost exactly a year apart. About half a dozen cast and crew worked on both pictures. These included actor William Newman, actress Cordis Heard, stunt-man Gene Hartline, casting director Howard Feuer and both uncredited, ADR voice artist Tom Lent, and oboe soloist musician Tom Boyd.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Camera operator reflected in Klein's sunglasses when he's leaning against the car tire near the beginning.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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95 out of 106 people found the following review useful.
A Character Study That Goes Beyond, 9 November 2002
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

The inability to `reconnect' in the wake of a significant emotional event, especially one involving a close encounter with death, is examined by director Peter Weir, in `Fearless,' a gripping drama starring Jeff Bridges as a man emotionally adrift after walking away from an accident (a plane crash) that by all rights should have killed him, but inexplicably did not. And Weir goes on to take what is essentially a character study one step further, beyond the inevitable `why me?' that one who survives such an unimaginable episode in their life must necessarily make, to probe the psyche of the survivor and attempt to sort out the ensuing catch-22 of the mind, wherein the incident has manifested a schizophrenic sense of guilt/euphoria born of fate's decree that he, among those now dead, should live. It's a lot to assimilate; a taxing physical and psychological challenge necessitating an expanded utilization of the human capacity, and the subsequent negotiation of the attendant recast attitude and aptitude. All of which Weir succinctly captures through keen observation and his own intuitive grasp of the human condition.

As the film opens, we see Max Klein (Bridges) making his way through a cornfield just outside of Bakersfield, California; he's carrying a baby in his arms and has a young boy by the hand, leading him determinedly through the haze of smoke from the crash. There are others following Max, as well. And even before they emerge from the field, coming upon the crash site where rescue workers are already furiously attempting to sort it all out, there is a detachment about Max that is readily discernible. He surveys the situation calmly, as if seeing it all through the eyes of someone else, as if he were outside of himself, observing rather than experiencing. Then after locating the baby's mother, he simply walks away from it all, never looking back.

Two days later the F.B.I. finds him in a local motel. They put him together with a representative from the airline, who offers him a train ticket back home to San Francisco. But Max wants to fly home, which astounds the rep. `But your wife,' she says, `Told us that you didn't like to fly, even before the--' `The crash?' he replies. Then with assurance he tells her, `I want to fly home on your airline. But I have a request; I want to go first class.' And we know now, without question, that Max is not the same man that he was before the crash.

In his previous films, such as `Picnic At Hanging Rock' (1975), `Witness' (1985) and `The Mosquito Coast' (1986), Weir established himself as a director who knows human nature and is adept at exploring the emotional depths of his characters, in stories dealing with ordinary people thrust into extraordinary situations. As he does with this film, Weir sets a deliberate pace and allows that extra moment that means so much to the development of the characters. It's a subtle approach that adds depth and resonance to his films, and allows his audience to experience, rather than just watch, the drama as it unfolds. And he understands (as few directors do-- especially Americans ) the impact that `silence' can have, as in the scenes here shortly after Max leaves the crash sight. First, Weir shows us a solemn Max, driving alone through the desert at high speed, gradually awakening to the joys of living, to that `feeling' of being alive, as he sticks his head out of the widow and lets the wind hit him in the face, slapping him with the reality that he is, indeed, alive. But then we see Max parked by the side of the road, sitting on the ground, pensively staring out at the vast expanse of desert and at the low, blue mountains in the distance. The absolute silence Weir effects allows us to share Max's thoughts at that moment, to get inside his head as he picks up a bit of dirt and examines it closely, then as he looks up again at the nothingness/everything that surrounds him. As Max reflects, we reflect with him; and in that precise moment, that necessary connection between Max and the audience is firmly established. It's a quiet, and brilliant, piece of filmmaking.

Through many years and many movies, Jeff Bridges has demonstrated time and again his consummate ability as an actor who can `touch' his audience, and he continues to evolve with every new film. Max is perhaps his most challenging role ever, as it requires a vast emotional range to make this character convincing and bring him to life believably. And Bridges succeeds magnificently, and on a number of levels, with an inspiring, Oscar worthy performance. The finesse with which he conveys his moods and emotions is extraordinary; he enables you to `feel' his displacement, share his compassion, sense his empathy and know his anger. Quite simply, Bridges makes Max Klein a character you are not going to forget.

As Laura Klein, Isabella Rossellini gives a remarkable performance, as well, as the wife given the gift of her husband's life, only to have to suffer his state of `limbo,' as she desperately attempts to penetrate the defense mechanisms that have given him a renewed appreciation for the touch, taste and beauty of life, all of which she is unable to share because his experience has taken him to a place she cannot possibly go. Her portrayal is astute, convincing and some of the best work she has ever done.

Also turning in a strong performance, for which she deservedly was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, is Rosie Perez, as Carla, a fellow crash survivor with whom Max forms an especially strong and significant bond.

Written for the screen by Rafael Yglesias (adapted from his own novel), beautifully filmed by Allen Davian, and with a haunting score by Maurice Jarre that so sensitively enhances the drama in an understated way, `Fearless' is an example of filmmaking at it's best.

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