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The Crossing Guard (1995)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  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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Drama | Romance

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

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16 November 1995 (USA)  »

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Obsessed Revenge  »

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$832,910 (USA)
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The movie concludes with a dedication to "My friend, Charles Bukowski. I miss you, S.P." Sean Penn was a close friend of the writer and poet. See more »

Goofs

When JoJo is dancing in front of John to Salt n Pepa's "Whatta Man", John gets up and stops the tape player. A minute later, he presses play on the tape player again, and the song comes in, however it is almost 4 bars rewound, and plays the same lyrics over again that has already been played, though no one rewound the tape. See more »

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[after being released from prison]
John Booth: I think freedom's overrated. What you're talking about. You know, if there isn't something bigger than, uh, than freedom, then freedom is just entertainment.
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King's Highway
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Peculiar and exciting work from Sean Penn
19 March 2002 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

"The Crossing guard" is not a completely typical or usual thriller. When it comes to actors David Morse has an incredibly nice, gentle and friendly looks. It's really hard to imagine him playing twisted criminals and psychopaths. On the other hand Jack Nicholson's looks - as we all know - are one of the most dreadful and devilish there is. His sinister eyes and evil expressions were the vitality of the movies like "The Shining", "The Witches of Eastwick", "Batman" or "Wolf". The secret behind the suspense of "The Crossing guard" is to put these two men in the same film and make Nicholson's character Freddy Gale hunt down David Morse's John Booth. The latter is responsible for the death of Gale's daughter Emily but he's not a bad man. He made a mistake, went to prison for it and is trying to keep on living with dead girl on his conscience. This splendid, interesting idea works perfectly. The last picture of "The Crossing guard" is very emotional, very touching and it wraps the whole film beautifully together. Thrilling "The Crossing guard" is Jack Nicholson's finest performances of the 90's and probably the best one of the three movies Sean Penn has directed so far. Watch it!


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