The Crossing Guard (1995)

R  |   |  Drama  |  16 November 1995 (USA)
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Freddie Gale is a seedy jeweler who has sworn to kill the drunk driver who killed his little girl.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Booth
Stuart Booth
David Baerwald ...
Jennifer Leigh Warren ...
Richard C. Sarafian ...
Sunny Ventura (as Richard Sarafian)


After his daughter died in a hit and run, Freddy Gale has waited six years for John Booth, the man responsible, to be released from prison. On the day of release, Gale visits Booth and announces that he will kill him in one week. Booth uses his time to try and make peace with himself and his entourage, and even finds romance. Gale, whose life is spiralling down because of his obsession towards Booth, will bring himself on the very edge of sanity. At the end of the week, both men will find themselves on a collision course with each other. Written by Anthony

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Some lives cross, others collide.



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Rated R for sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

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Acerto Final  »

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$832,910 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Sean Penn considered the performance of Jack Nicholson in the movie to be one of the finest in his career. See more »


The calendar on Freddy's wall shows January 1 as Monday (January 17 is Wednesday). This can't be if the events in the movie take place 5-6 years after Emily's death in 1988 (John Booth was in prison for 5 years). January 1 does not fall on a Monday in 1993, 1994, or 1995 (the year of the movie's production). See more »


Peter: In the joint, did you get butt-fucked?
John Booth: It only hurts the first time.
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Now I know why I Never heard of this movie
6 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

with such a good cast, I was shocked I had not heard of this movie. But after watching it, now I understand. It was a pretty good idea for a movie, but not executed very well. I just felt like Sean Penn had all these great ideas and grand schemes for an intense movie. But instead of focusing in on one solid motif, he threw too many concepts and character issues into the mix. The entire stripper / sexual sub plot with Jack could have been completely left out. There was not a lot of depth behind the acting, it was just kinda there.

Like I mentioned, the plot line kinda skated on the surface of being deep. Nothing about the movie really touched me. Especially considering I lost a family member in a similar way, I thought I would be crying my heart out. But honestly I found it barely entertaining. But if nothing is on TV and the internet isn't working, I suggest watching it.

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