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



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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Director Wayne Kramer's original cut was 140 minutes long, but despite having the right to final cut, this film's producer agreed to be involved in editing the film down to two hours when Harvey Weinstein allegedly threatened to release the film straight to DVD, and bypass theatrical altogether (Kramer had nothing to do with the re-editing). See more »


In Gavin's interview scene, the immigration officer relies on the Rabbi's opinion. The garb and the accent of the Rabbi suggest he is a European Orthodox (probably Lubavich), yet in the end he gives Gavin a card, saying he should come to Temple Bet Sholom. "Temple Bet Sholom" is typically a name for splinter Reform congregations, whose rabbis are mostly American- or Canadian-born (therefore no accent), and wear contemporary clothes. See more »


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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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Better than crash, but not for the weak minded.
24 May 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie makes crash seem like over-dramatized sensationalism. Crossing Over has a powerhouse cast portraying a far more realistic depiction of attitudes and perspectives in contemporary America. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 is because towards the end one plot stream takes a Hollywood twist, which while not especially relevant, detracts from the gritty realism of the movie.

A lot of people have trouble with portrayals of perspectives which challenge the psychological defense mechanisms we put in place to allow us to filter reality into something easier for us to live with. If we really look at things for what they are, the world is a very scary place. This is why you will notice that people get disproportionately agitated when you challenge these mental constructs, leading to loud and/or ignorant opinions. <--also well portrayed at times in the film.

I thought about using smaller words for those weak minded loud mouths, but they probably didn't read this far and I've learned, to my dismay, that all I can do is dismiss their stupidity/cowardice anyways.

If you can see past what mass media shoves down your throat, you will thoroughly appreciate this movie, I guarantee it :)

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