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Crossing the Bridge (1992)

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The adventures of three teenage friends in 1970s Detroit.

Director:

Mike Binder

Writer:

Mike Binder
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Charles ... Mort Golden
Jason Gedrick ... Tim Reese
Stephen Baldwin ... Danny Morgan
Cheryl Pollak ... Carol Brockton
Rita Taggart ... Kate Golden
Hy Anzell ... Manny Goldfarb
Richard Edson ... Mitchell
Ken Jenkins ... Lou Morgan
Abraham Benrubi ... Rinny
David Schwimmer ... John Anderson
Bob Nickman Bob Nickman ... Baldy
James Krag James Krag ... Smiling Jack
Rana Haugen Rana Haugen ... Monica
Jeffrey Tambor ... Uncle Alby
Todd Tidgewell Todd Tidgewell ... Ricky Toller
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An off-screen narrator, Mort Golden, takes us back to winter around 1975, the year he was 21. He and his two buddies, Tim and Danny, have a fateful trip over the bridge from Detroit into Canada. The three of them are going nowhere in life, although Mort has thoughts of being a writer, while his mom wants him to go to college. He and his pals contemplate making a quick fortune transporting drugs over the border in their beat-up Buick, "the war wagon." Mort's also hopelessly in love with a girl he dated briefly a couple years before. With border inspectors, Tim's temper, and Danny's bottled up emotions, is there any way this can end well? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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They were the best of friends, on a high stakes journey that would change their lives forever . . . See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...und sie spielten mit dem Leben See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$243,695, 13 September 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$479,676
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After Disney got the film, they told Mike Binder that he was able to secure the best talent available for the film which included the Costume Designer, Director of Photography and Music Supervisor, etc. much to Binder's surprise. See more »

Goofs

Miller Genuine Draft neon sign is seen in the window of a store as the two main characters are walking through town. MGD did not exist until 1985. See more »

Quotes

Tim: I have no idea why I'm going to Canada.
Mort: Naked women, Tim. You love naked women.
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Connections

Referenced in The Ben Stiller Show: With Rob Morrow (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

The Shadow of Your Smile
Written by Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster (as Paul F. Webster)
Performed by Tony Bennett
Published by EMI Miller Catalogue, Inc.
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Crossing a bridge as an allegory for a more important transition
25 August 2001 | by Havan_IronOakSee all my reviews

Bridges have always been symbolic of transitions, whether from a major to a minor key, from Canada to the US, or from adolescence to adulthood. This film is about those transitions. It seems that all men have stories about when they `came-of-age', about the person they were then and about the friends they shared their lives with. This is another of those films.

This one had a particular resonance for me, as it's set in Michigan in the mid 70's. I lived in Michigan in the mid 70's and have been across the Ambassador Bridge many times. It was also interesting in that I had just seen `Threesome' in which Josh Charles plays a character in love with Stephen Baldwin's character. Add to that, the great songs of the period, that brought back so many memories and the unexpected appearance of David Schwimmer in an early minor role and this was an unexpectedly enjoyable movie experience.

If stories about young men coming of age and becoming the person that they will later be are enjoyable to you then I can highly recommend this movie.


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