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The Crossing Guard -- For six agonizing years, Freddy Gale (Nicholson) has waited for John Booth (David Morse), the man jailed for a crime that destroyed Freddy's life. Now, Booth is out of prison and Freddy's giving him three days before he even the score.
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Some lives cross, others collide.
Freddie Gale is a seedy jeweler who has sworn to kill the drunk driver who killed his little girl. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Nicholson ... Freddy Gale

David Morse ... John Booth

Anjelica Huston ... Mary

Robin Wright ... Jojo

Piper Laurie ... Helen Booth

Richard Bradford ... Stuart Booth

Priscilla Barnes ... Verna
David Baerwald ... Peter

Robbie Robertson ... Roger

John Savage ... Bobby

Kari Wuhrer ... Mia
Jennifer Leigh Warren ... Jennifer

Kellita Smith ... Tanya
Richard C. Sarafian ... Sunny Ventura (as Richard Sarafian)

Bobby Cooper ... Coop
Jeff Morris ... Silas
Buddy Anderson ... Buddy
Edward L. Katz ... Eddie (as Dr. Edward L. Katz)

Joe Viterelli ... Joe

Eileen Ryan ... Woman in Shop

Ryo Ishibashi ... Jefferey (as Ryo Ishabashi)
Dennis Fanning ... Cop
Lisa Crawford ... Cop
Jay Koiwai ... Asian Man
Elizabeth Gilliam ... Little Asian Girl
Michael Ryan ... Twin Boy #1
Matthew Ryan ... Twin Boy #2

Penelope Allen ... Woman on Bus (as Penny Allen)
Nicky Blair ... Himself
Gene Kirkwood ... Swinger

Jason Kristofer ... Bus Passenger
Randy Meadoff ... Bus Passenger
Leo Penn ... Hank
Michael Abelar ... Bum
Daysi Moreno ... Freddy's Chicana
Christel Ehde ... Dancer
Kamala Petty ... Dancer

Millicent Sheridan ... Dancer
Joi Travers ... Dancer
Erin Dignam ... Peter's Guest #1

Jeremiah Birkett ... Jefferey's Boyfriend (as Jeremiah Wayne Birkett)
Hadda Brooks ... Piano Player
Ruby McKoy ... Deputy Sheriff
Hanna Newmaster ... Little Girl
William Dignam ... The Crossing Guard (as Dr. William Dignam)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Mathers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Martha Thimmesch ... Peter's Friend (uncredited)

Directed by
Sean Penn 
Writing credits
Sean Penn (written by)

Produced by
Richard N. Gladstein .... executive producer
David Hamburger .... producer (as David S. Hamburger)
Sean Penn .... producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jack Nitzsche 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond 
Film Editing by
Jay Cassidy 
Casting by
Don Phillips 
Production Design by
Michael D. Haller  (as Michael Haller)
Set Decoration by
Derek R. Hill 
Costume Design by
Jill M. Ohanneson  (as Jill Ohanneson)
Makeup Department
Stephen Abrums .... makeup supervisor
Hallie D'Amore .... makeup artist: Ms. Huston
Margaret E. Elliott .... makeup artist (as Margaret Elliott)
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist: Ms. Huston
Stephen Robinette .... hair stylist (as Steve Robinette)
Marlene D. Williams .... hair stylist supervisor (as Marlene Williams)
Production Management
David Hamburger .... production manager (as David S. Hamburger)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian W. Cook .... first assistant director
Phil Dupont .... additional second assistant director (as Phillippe R. Dupont)
Carl Goldstein .... second assistant director
Michael Neumann .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Eric J. Bates .... property master (as Eric Bates)
Richard Bradley .... propmaker
Frank Calvert .... swing gang (as Frank A. Calvert)
Tim Donelan .... swing gang (as Timothy Donelan)
David Goldstein .... paint boss
Martin Grimes .... assistant property master (as Martin L. Grimes)
Bret Haller .... additional property assistant (as Bret D. Haller)
Charles L. Hoffman .... propmaker
Roger Irvin .... construction coordinator (as Roger L. Irvin)
Jay Koiwai .... on-set painter
Wayne Lamb .... propmaker
Tom Lawson .... propmaker foreman
Scott W. Leslie .... swing gang
Helen Gene Nichols .... artwork: Jojo
Helen Gene Nichols .... assistant art director
Bennett L. Sperber .... construction foreman
Charles Swenson .... sketch artist
William Kemper Wright .... leadman (as William K. Wright)
Sound Department
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor
Karen Baker Landers .... first assistant sound editor (as Karen Baker)
Bob Beemer .... sound re-recording mixer
Bob Beher .... foley editor
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom operator
Thomas Causey .... sound mixer
John T. Cucci .... foley artist
Richard Dwan Jr. .... dialogue editor
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Bryan Fowler .... stage recordist
Don Givens .... foley recordist (as Don Given)
Sarah Goldsmith .... dialogue editor
Per Hallberg .... supervising sound editor
Philip A. Hess .... foley editor
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Chris Hogan .... sound effects editor
Craig S. Jaeger .... supervising foley editor (as Craig Jaeger)
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Richard Kite .... utility sound technician
Lou Kleinman .... foley editor
Tony Lamberti .... sound assistant
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Brion Paccassi .... stage recordist
Rudy Pi .... additional sound
Randy Piotroski .... adr recordist
Dan M. Rich .... dialogue editor (as Dan Michael Rich)
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer
Peter Michael Sullivan .... sound effects editor
Tove Blue Valentine .... utility playback
Kim Waugh .... additional sound
Jason England .... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)
Thomas Giordano .... sound technician: re-shoots (uncredited)
Jerry Jacobson .... sound editor (uncredited)
Matt Sietz .... assistant sound recording engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Terry Newell .... special effects technician
Eddie Surkin .... special effects coordinator (as Eddie E. Surkin)
Charlie Brewer .... stunts
Kathryn Connolly .... stunts
Erik Cord .... stunts
George Fisher .... stunts
Tabby Hanson .... stunts
Jim Hardy .... stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts
Red Horton .... stunts
Lisa McCullough .... stunts
John Moio .... stunts
Joe Murphy .... stunts
Patricia M. Peters .... stunts (as Tricia Peters)
Mario Roberts .... stunts
John Santini .... stunts
Anthony G. Schmidt .... stunts (as Anthony Schmidt)
John Tamburro .... helicopter stunt pilot
Neezer Tarleton .... stunts
Chuck Waters .... stunt coordinator
James Waters .... stunts (as Jim Waters)
Jim McConnell .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Colin J. Campbell .... chief lighting technician (as Colin Campbell)
John J. Connor .... director of photography: second unit
Ray De La Motte .... camera operator
Dick Deats .... key grip (as Dicky Deats)
Robert Dudley .... grip
Antonio V. Garrido .... dolly grip (as Tony Garrido)
Donald J. Hennes .... grip
Frank R. Jimenez Jr. .... lighting technician (as Frank Jimenez Jr.)
Duane Katz .... lighting technician
Shawn Landis .... camera loader
Vincent Mata .... second assistant camera
Michael E. Matteson .... best boy grip
Ken Nishino .... first assistant camera (as Kenneth Nishino)
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator
Joyce Rudolph .... still photographer
Frank Scheidbach .... assistant chief lighting technician
Dennis Seawright .... second assistant camera
John Shoemaker .... lighting technician
Robert Ulland .... Steadicam operator (as Bob Ulland)
Joseph D. Urbanczyk .... camera operator: "b" camera: b camera
Donald Burghardt .... additional first assistant camera: pick-ups (uncredited)
Mike Gerzevitz .... electrician (uncredited)
Robert Jason .... electrician (uncredited)
Lee Johnson .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Terrence Harris .... extras casting: Bill Dance Casting
Kate Kennedy .... casting associate
Tammy L. Smith .... extras casting: Bill Dance Casting (as Tammy Smith)
Lisa Bankert .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cindy Evans .... set costumer
Meg Goodwin .... costume supervisor
Nava R. Sadan .... costumer: Ms. Huston
Lori Stilson .... costumer: Mr. Nicholson
Editorial Department
Phillip J. Bartell .... apprentice editor
Gena Bleier .... assistant film editor
Peggy Davis .... first assistant editor
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Cynthia Kimoto .... assistant film editor
Nina Lucia .... assistant film editor
Rajeev Malhotra .... post-production associate: Miramax
Sharon McGeeney .... negative cutter
Jennifer Spenelli .... assistant film editor (as Jennifer Mangan)
Dana B. Wilson .... apprentice editor (as Dana Wilson)
Music Department
Bob Clearmountain .... music mixer: "Missing"
Bradford Ellis .... musician: score (as Bradford Terrence Ellis)
Sonny Fortune .... musician: feature soloist on tenor and alto saxophone
Michael Hoenig .... score producer
Pamela Neal .... score engineer
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Robin Urdang .... music coordinator
Joseph Vitarelli .... composer: additional music
Richard Whitfield .... music editor
Deborah N. Hurwitz .... music arranger (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Chet Badalato .... driver: Mr. Nicholson
Alonzo Brown Jr. .... driver
Paul Burlin .... driver
Bruce Callahan .... driver
Kenneth Cervi .... driver: Mr. Nicholson (as Ken Cervi)
Jim Chesney .... transportation captain (as James Chesney)
C. David Earle .... driver
Steve Earle .... driver
Don Feeney .... driver
Joe Feeney .... driver (as Joseph Feeney)
Scotty Goudreau .... driver (as Scott Goudreau)
Harry Hill .... driver
Alan Kaminsky .... driver (as Allan Kaminsky)
Richard Middleton .... driver (as Richard C. Middleton)
Dan Morgan .... driver
Derek Raser .... transportation coordinator
Charles Renfroe .... driver
J.T. Thayer .... transportation captain (as J.T. Thayer II)
Earl Thielen .... driver (as Earl V. Thielen)
Tracy Thielen .... driver
Gregg Willis .... driver (as Gregory P. Willis)
Mitchell Bergman .... driver: second unit (uncredited)
Richard Burch .... driver: insert car (uncredited)
George A. Sack .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Jeremy Alter .... location assistant
Jennifer Anderson .... production assistant (as Jennifer Taback)
Christine Baer .... production coordinator
Howard Baral .... post-production accountant: R.C. Baral & Co.
Tommy Baratta .... chef: Mr. Nicholson (as Thomas T. Baratta)
Susan Bradley .... title designer
Laura Brownson .... assistant to producer
Russell Clark .... choreographer
Holly Ashwell Cushing .... production office assistant
Deborah Dasher .... post-production accountant: R.C. Baral & Co. (as Deborah Dacher)
Carol DePasquale .... script supervisor (as Carol De Pasquale)
Konrad Dowling .... insurance
Harold Fowler .... medic (as Harold Fowler LVN)
Mark Freedman .... production assistant
Katy Genovese .... payroll accountant (as Katy Tatian)
Ellen Gessert .... assistant location manager
John Hackett .... stand-in
Daniel Hall .... craft service (as Dan Hall)
Robert Jellen .... insurance (as Bob Jellen)
Edward L. Katz .... watchdog: Clyde is hungry (as Dr. Edward Katz)
Diane Krakower .... assistant: Mr. Nicholson
Annie Marshall .... assistant: Mr. Nicholson
Louis Shaw Milito .... production assistant
Don Miller .... production accountant
Daniella Milton .... assistant: Ms. Huston
Corinne Needle .... assistant production coordinator
Alan D. Purwin .... helicopter pilot (as Alan Purwin)
Cathy Ragona .... coordinator: Miramax (as Cathy Agcayab)
Michael Risoli .... production assistant
Laurel Robinson .... production assistant
Michael Schultz .... caterer: Sunrise Caterers (as Mike Schultz)
Ned R. Shapiro .... location manager (as Ned Shapiro)
Lois Smith .... special publicity: PMK
Lita Stevens .... stand-in
Michael Tamburro .... helicopter pilot
Bernadette Tanchauco .... assistant production accountant (as Berni Tanchauco)
Robert Taylor .... stand-in
David Thornsberry .... assistant location manager
Nicholas Viterelli .... additional scoring engineer (as Nick Viterelli)
Brian McMillan .... head animal trainer (uncredited)
Charles Bukowski .... dedicatee
Walter Coblenz .... special thanks: $ Guru
Michael Fitzgerald .... special thanks
Art Linson .... special thanks
Patricia Morrison .... special thanks
Bruce Springsteen .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for sexuality and strong language
111 min
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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 »
Continuity: 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 »
John Booth:Would you maybe, ya know, would you take a couple days, and maybe think about not taking my life?See more »
Whatta ManSee more »


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33 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
The Crossing Guard (1995), 19 January 2004
Author: ManhattanBeatnik from Waynesville, OH

Most films you see nowadays are directed from a very logical standpoint: the plot is mapped out and it's followed to a T, and the ending neatly wraps things up so that when you leave the theater, you feel relieved that things worked out. But every now and then, a film-maker will make a picture from a purely emotional standpoint. Rather than creating a structured outline, he'll rely on the ambiance of each scene to compose a more true to life -- if at times incoherent -- piece of storytelling. The Crossing Guard is such a film. Directed by actor-turned-film-maker Sean Penn (whose first effort was 1991's The Indian Runner), it is a meandering, ponderous movie about grief and the value of life, and while at times it seems unbalanced, the end result is quite stunning. The film opens with what may appear to be a perplexing correlation: first we see a woman sitting silently in a support group for parents who lost their children, and then we cut to a man drinking heavily in a strip bar. The woman is Mary (played by Anjelica Huston), and the man is Freddy Gale (played by Jack Nicholson), and together they were the parents of a little girl who was killed in a car accident by a drunk driver named John (Wilkes?) Booth (played by David Morse, who was also in The Indian Runner). And while they may be dealing with it in totally different ways, they are both having difficulty coping with the loss of their child. But when John is released from prison, Freddy suddenly announces to his now ex-wife Mary that he will kill him in an attempt to relieve their pain. The premise is indeed stale, but by showing it in such a different light than its similar predecessors, Penn manages to create genuine intensity from what would otherwise be another Death Wish sequel. Nicholson delivers yet another amazing performance, and after seeing him in so many tough roles, it is truly shattering to watch him break down in tears. And while I personally felt that Morse was miscast, he still does a terrific job with the role. Anjelica Huston and Robin Wright Penn are top-notch, but honorary mention must be given to Priscilla Barnes ("Three's Company," Licence to Kill), whose subtle grace makes her near-insignificant character beam with humanity. Also, keep your eyes peeled for an appearance by Piper Laurie (Children of a Lesser God, "Twin Peaks") as John's loving mother. In the end, The Crossing Guard is a film about family: all of the characters' actions are done out of love, which brings Freddy's dilemma over whether or not to avenge his daughter more close-to-home than it might otherwise have been. Penn's direction is excellent, but at times he tries a little too hard to provoke emotions that don't come naturally. The Crossing Guard isn't quite as powerful as it wants to be, but it comes very close. It's one of the most over-looked pictures of the decade.

SIDE-NOTE: In a scene where Priscilla Barnes is pouring her heart out to Nicholson while he's lying in bed smoking a cigarette, there's a close-up of his hand, and you'll notice that he has a ring on his ring finger. Later on in the film, when he and his ex-wife are talking in a diner, the ring is still there ... but it has switched to his pinky finger. This is the kind of absolute characterization that makes The Crossing Guard more special than you might think it to be upon first glance.

Grade: B

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