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Crossing Over (2009)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Sheperd
Taslima Jahangir
Special Agent Phadkar
Yong Kim
Zahra Baraheri (as Melody Khazae)
Farid Baraheri
Sanjar Baraheri
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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.


Crime | Drama

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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Shot in 2007. See more »


When Harrison Ford's character, who is supposed to be an experienced Border Patrol agent, tries to dial the phone number in Tijuana, Mexico, you can see that he dials 1661 and the rest of the number as if dialing within the US. An experienced agent should know that it's an international number and one must dial 011 followed by the country code and the number. In this case he should have dialed 01152661 and the rest of the number. See more »


[first lines]
Max Brogan: What do you want me to do?
San Pedro ICE Processing Agent: Look, it's not my problem.
Max Brogan: All I'm asking, Stevens, is did the old man get seen to? He was sweating and shaking when I put him on the bus. He said his arm felt numb.
San Pedro ICE Processing Agent: Jesus Christ, Brogan, everything is a humanitarian crisis with you. You've signed off on more orders of recognizance than the rest of your unit combined.
Max Brogan: Don't give me that shit. The man's about to have a goddamn heart attack. I want him seen to.
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References A River Runs Through It (1992) See more »


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Written and Performed by Jim Sturgess
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I'm not on the fence: the critics are idiots
17 March 2009 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Apart from the usual movie-movie technology of enhancing a license plate from grainy dots to sharp numbers, I had nothing against this movie. I strongly disagree with the apparent consensus and the low tomatometer rating. Crossing Over is an emotional film, and makes points that will be unpopular. The film creates empathy for someone we at first shrink from, namely the 15 year old Bangali girl who inflames her classmates on the topic of 9/11. She had forgotten what happened to Bill Maher. Meanwhile Harrison Ford's character Max Brogan gets razzed for any show of empathy or concern for the people is team have to process through immigration. He puts a weathered human face on a job that must be unpleasant. We understand when that climate - peer pressure - causes him to stop short of helping someone in a timely fashion, and Ford is very watchable doing the most mundane things as he confronts the consequences of compromise. I don't feel connections between the characters are implausible. It gives unity to the overall comment on community and who should be included and who should not.

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