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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.
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:
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)
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)
Aspect Ratio:
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One of Jeff Bridges' favorite films of his own.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Max Klein is spinning on the corner of the roof, his wireless microphone pack can been seen on his lower back.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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35 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
One of the few films that in the end brought on a full-fledged catharsis, 11 April 2001
Author: Gary M. James from United States

When I first saw "Fearless" in a movie theater, I believe there were about 20 to 30 other moviegoers in the theater on a weekday afternoon. It was in it's second week in theaters. After the credits rolled, I heard a lot of weeping from the small but vocal audience.

Maybe the film flopped because some people expected a 1970's-style disaster flick with cardboard characters, laughable dialog and unknown extras & doubles performing dangerous stunts.

It's been almost eight years since watching "Fearless" for the first time. This is one of only 5 movies I actually own in my very small tape library.

Director Peter Weir amazes me. With a few exceptions (I didn't like "Dead Poets Society" and I haven't seen "Green Card"), he has always walked on a tightrope when it comes to telling a story. It might not result in a "satisfying" ending but when you think about what was presented two hours earlier, it makes a lot of sense. It's a logical and very fascinating progression.

I believe that Jeff Bridges can (almost) do no wrong. His character may not be very likable but put yourself in his character's shoes and you may understand the reasons why he believes that he is "fearless".

I haven't seen Isabella Rossellini's performance in "Blue Velvet" but it makes me wonder if her performance in that film beats her role as the caring but very confused wife of Jeff Bridges' character. She's definitely the heart of "Fearless". I cared for her. I felt empathy; her confusion of what her husband was doing to himself, her family and herself. She's on the outside trying her best to understand what it was like to survive a plane crash. But at the same time, not totally understanding what it was like to be on the ill-fated flight. Rossellini gave a glowing performance.

Rosie Perez's performance as the distraught woman who lost her young son in the crash was incredible. Unlike some people in this world, I do like Perez (thick Spanish accent and all). What really impressed me was how she captured the depth of losing her child. There have been some films & TV movies that have captured the effects of a family losing a spouse or adult child. There haven't been as many to deal with the loss of a child as well as "Fearless" did. Perez hasn't had a role with this much depth in a long time. I was pleasantly surprised when she received an Oscar nomination for Supporting Actress, the movie's only nomination.

The unrequited bond between Bridges' and Perez's characters was fascinating to watch. They survived something that their love ones will never understand. In the end, the two need to understand that despite their losses, they are still alive in this world and somehow they need to find a way to get back to reality.

Screenwriter Rafael Yglesias, who wrote the novel, captured the complexity of crash survivors almost flawlessly. One weak link: John Turturro had the thankless job of playing the underwritten role of the psychiatrist.

When a film like "Fearless" even inspires a music video (Brian McKnight's "Back At One"), then you know that this movie will have a lasting effect and with cable, VHS & DVD, it'll never be forgotten. I certainly haven't forgotten it.

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