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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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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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$832,910 (USA)
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Jack Nicholson was generally felt to be too old for his character. See more »

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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 »

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John Booth: Would you maybe, ya know, would you take a couple days, and maybe think about not taking my life?
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craftsmanship of the film is top-notch
3 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sean Peen directed Jack Nicholson in what I consider his last truly exceptional performances, this film and "The Promise". This is film is somewhat more accessible than the other, and has an ending that can almost be called 'upbeat'.

This is an odd film; none of the characters are very likable, but by the end, we find something to like in every one of them; or at least forgive.

Penn gives Nicholson, as a father of a manslaughter victim, plenty of opportunity to over-act and chew the scenery, which he takes advantage of on occasion. Yet this actually works for the film, because his character is in such despair, he teeters on the edge of insanity.

How he at last works his way back to the land of the living is what the ending is all about. The crossing that is guarded is that of the River Styx; and learning that no one ever returns from this is what the film is all about.

By the way, the craftsmanship of the film is top-notch, - very surprising from a directer who, at that time, had worked behind the camera very rarely.


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