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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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Additional Details

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Rated R for language and airplane crash realism
122 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Ironically, director Peter Weir claimed that making this film cured him of his fear of flying.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995)See more »
JO'S SONGSee more »


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83 out of 90 people found the following review useful.
jeff bridges at his best, 21 July 2004
Author: eht5y from United States

Jeff Bridges has been called the most underrated actor of his generation, and 'Fearless' speaks to the truth of such a claim. Equally overlooked is Australian director Peter Weir, who, like Bridges, was snubbed by the Academy Awards for 'Fearless.' The film was almost totally ignored by the Academy, perhaps due to the fact that 1994 was the year of the historical/political epic--'Schindler's List,' 'In the Name of the Father,' and 'The Remains of the Day' were the big winners that year, casting a bit of a shadow over a film about a rich white American suffering from PTSD.

Based on the novel by Rafael Yglesias, 'Fearless' is the story of Max Klein, a successful San Francisco architect who survives a horrific plane crash. Among the casualties of the crash are Klein's partner and best friend and the only child of Carla (Rosie Perez), a young Puerto Rican woman from Oakland who blames herself for her son's death. Prior to the accident Max suffered from an acute fear of flying; when the plane goes down, his fear becomes so intense that he accepts death. When he survives the crash, he suffers from a form of post-traumatic stress syndrome in which he can no longer feel fear because subconsciously he has already faced death. His condition creates a rift between himself and his family, a gap he tries to fill through a friendship with Carla, who is similarly afflicted with PTSD.

Bridges gives a tour de force performance as Max, who is simultaneously heroic (he leads other passengers to safety believing he is guiding them out of the plane into heaven) and contemptible (he is unspeakably cruel to his family and leaves his wife temporarily to pursue a relationship with Carla).

He's not sure whether he's alive or dead, and he is frequently drawn to test his fear and uncertainty through ludicrously dangerous stunts like dancing on the edge of a skyscraper's roof or walking calmly into speeding traffic. It's an unflinching and emotionally honest portrayal of a psychologically damaged man unsure that he has the strength or will to be healed.

Equally stunning is Rosie Perez as Carla, a devout Catholic who believes that her baby's death is a punishment from God and is nursed back to normalcy by the agnostic Max.

Other supporting actors are also captivating: Isabella Rosselini as Max's wife Laura, who loves her husband desperately but is unable to cope with Max's alienation from her and their son Jonah; Tom Hulce as an overeager but well-meaning attorney suing the airline on behalf of Max, his partner's family, and Carla; John Turturro as a psychiatrist specializing in PTSD hired by the airline to help the survivors cope with the after-effects of the tragedy; and Benicio Del Toro as Carla's husband, a poor carpenter who can't help but feel giddy about the possibility of making millions off of his son's death. Perhaps most moving is Deirdre O'Connell as the widow of Max's partner--the scene in which Max arrives at her home to confirm that her husband did not survive the crash will break the hardest of hearts.

The film is brilliantly directed by Weir, who captures the surreal nature of Max's condition masterfully.

'Fearless' is not an easy film to get through, perhaps even moreso in the wake of 9/11. The subject matter is emotionally wrenching, and its presentation is utterly unsentimental. Max is heroic, but he is also a victim, and Bridges' performance captures the tension between Max's newfound love of life and his near-psychotic need to continually face and overcome his fears. It's a tear-jerker, and it's certainly haunted by the ghosts of the dead, but it's well-worth watching if only for the pleasure of seeing one of the best actors in the business at his best.

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