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Fearless (1993)

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A man's personality is dramatically changed after surviving a major airline crash.

Director:

Peter Weir

Writers:

Rafael Yglesias (novel), Rafael Yglesias (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Max Klein
Isabella Rossellini ... Laura Klein
Rosie Perez ... Carla Rodrigo
Tom Hulce ... Brillstein
John Turturro ... Dr. Bill Perlman
Benicio Del Toro ... Manny Rodrigo
Deirdre O'Connell ... Nan Gordon
John de Lancie ... Jeff Gordon (as John De Lancie)
Spencer Vrooman Spencer Vrooman ... Jonah Klein
Dano Cerny Dano Cerny ... Byron Hummel (as Daniel Cerny)
Eve Roberts ... Gail Klein
Robin Pearson Rose ... Sarah
Debra Monk ... Alison
Cynthia Mace ... Cindy Dickens
Randle Mell ... Peter Hummel
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Storyline

After a terrible air disaster, survivor Max Klein emerges a changed person. Unable to connect to his former life or to wife Laura, he feels godlike and invulnerable. When psychologist Bill Perlman is unable to help Max, he has Max meet another survivor, Carla Rodrigo, who is racked with grief and guilt since her baby died in the crash which she and Max survived. Written by Reid Gagle

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Some people are afraid of nothing.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language and airplane crash realism | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joyride See more »

Filming Locations:

Arvin, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$144,044, 17 October 1993

Gross USA:

$6,995,302

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,995,302
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Hero (1992) and Fearless (1993) are two movies based around very similar subject matter released almost exactly a year apart. About half a dozen cast and crew worked on both pictures. These included actor William Newman, actress Cordis Heard, stunt-man Gene Hartline, casting director Howard Feuer and both uncredited, ADR voice artist Tom Lent, and oboe soloist musician Tom Boyd. See more »

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The TV news report says the flight number of the Intercity plane that went down was 202, however the newspaper article Jonah cuts out says it is 42. See more »

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Cop: [seeing more survivors] Hey, there's more over here! Bring another team! Another team here by the tail! We're going to need a lot more help.
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great character study
11 October 1999 | by rjnagleSee all my reviews

I had heard about Fearless for a long time and was never in the right mind to see it. It's the story about how survivors of a plane crash cope with life afterwards, their neuroses, fears and personal demons. It is a quiet film, so quiet that one can barely hear the inner tremblings of the main character.

He is a survivor without fear. He has summoned up a supernatural lack of fear towards life and psychological health now that he has survived a plane accident. In times of crisis, he has the ability to block fear and to live on adrenalin alone. He has become in the eyes of the other plane passengers, a hero and an inspiration.

But even though this lack of fear is his saving grace, it is also threatening to jeopardize his life. He copes with the nightmares and emotional traumas with the same reaction that helped him along on that fateful day. But in real life, this way to cope is unhealthy and even dangerous. One must live afraid to be a normal person. One must worry about finances and loss of love.

The film is imperfect, as any great film should be. There are slow moments and perhaps a little too much pop psychology. (But the film is as subtle as it gets). There are marvelous character touches, such as a lawyer trying to file a lawsuit who keeps apologizing for his greediness. (The film exposes the genuine dilemmas of trying to compensate victims and their families).

Perhaps the most amazing scene is a reenactment of the plane crash itself. I won't give anything away about the story, but the scene is hauntingly beautiful; it shows the overwhelming force of the wind and the earth ripping apart the fusilade and all the parts of the luggage and cabin that humans normally deal with. It is a violent, horrifying scene and a horrifying memory, but for the main character, he can imagine it with the appropriate distance and without the pain. This accident was the defining moment for his life, and after that scene, we realize how amazing it is that he and the rest of them could have survived, and how fragile their life was in the face of overwhelming force.

This story imagines a disaster and how useless it is to be afraid of a force more powerful than any individual (and that is the main character's profound insight).


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