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Crossing Over (2009)

R  |   |  Drama  |  26 February 2009 (Bahrain)
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Crossing Over is a multi-character canvas about immigrants of different nationalities struggling to achieve legal status in Los Angeles. The film deals with the border, document fraud, the ... See full summary »



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Crossing Over is a multi-character canvas about immigrants of different nationalities struggling to achieve legal status in Los Angeles. The film deals with the border, document fraud, the asylum and green card process, work-site enforcement, naturalization, the office of counter terrorism and the clash of cultures. Written by Wayne Kramer

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Every day thousands of people illegally cross our borders... only one thing stands in their way. America.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some strong violence and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 February 2009 (Bahrain)  »

Also Known As:

A szabadság határai  »

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Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$77,370 (USA) (27 February 2009)


$454,149 (USA) (17 April 2009)

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Riley"s Review: Crossing Over
3 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Upon looking at the cover of the DVD case, I was quite skeptical about how good this movie really is. It seemed like it would be sub-par because of the fact that Blockbuster sponsored its release to DVD. Also, the fact that Crossing Over is a lame and cliché title for a immigration movie added more reasons to my skepticism.

Anyways, I popped the DVD in. Harrison Ford playing his usual role, a law enforcement/cop/detective actually gave a good performance. I am a big fan of the character of Amid in this film. His emotions were real and his performance during the hold-up scene in the Korean Convenience store was suspenseful and emotional.

I felt some connections to Crash; with all the interconnectedness between the characters. Despite the cool and intriguing effect of the relationships between the characters, it still wasn't amazing as Crash's.

If I had to pick a scene, no doubt would I choose the Koreantown convenient store scene. One of the best I have seen.

I am shocked that this movie was on limited release. If you want to explore a new topic in illegal immigration, with good performances and recognizable actors then this movie is definitely worth the rent. The overall message of this movie is pro-immigration, but it is an interesting and emotional ride to catch a glimpse of the hard and sacrificial life of an immigrant.

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