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Fearless (1993)

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


Peter Weir


Rafael Yglesias (novel), Rafael Yglesias (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »



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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
Daniel Cerny Daniel Cerny ... Byron Hummel
Eve Roberts ... Gail Klein
Robin Pearson Rose ... Sarah
Debra Monk ... Alison
Cynthia Mace ... Cindy Dickens
Randle Mell ... Peter Hummel


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie's soundtrack includes part of the first movement of Polish composer Henryk Mikolaj Górecki's Symphony No. 3 [Op. (opus number) 36], also known as "The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs", which was composed in Katowice, Poland during October and December 1976. See more »


When Max Klein is spinning on the corner of the roof, his wireless microphone pack can been seen on his lower back. See more »


[first lines]
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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Referenced in The Simpsons: Fear of Flying (1994) See more »


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A Boundless Interpretation of an All-Encompassingly Utilitarian Philosophy
4 October 2009 | by jzappaSee all my reviews

Fearless is a fascinating movie about the thin line between fear and rationality. Fear is so much more difficult to overpower, or even sometimes be conscious of, than reason that when we do overpower fear, it is not necessarily replaced by reason, but by exhilarating mania. Jeff Bridges, in one of his best performances, covers a lot of ground in his character, a survivor of a plane crash. Many die, including his business partner. The catastrophe metamorphoses his whole life thereafter. He enters an enhanced perceptive condition, believing he is dead, beginning to rethink life, death, God and the afterlife.

Bridges becomes addicted to walking a tightrope over death because it makes him feel as alive and enlightened as he possibly can. But this also dwindles his connection to his family and his life. He begins to have difficulty recognizing the limits of mortality, in some way perceiving himself as more than mere flesh and blood. Rosie Perez, however, in a performance equaling Bridges' in personal reconciliation with her role, plays another survivor, whose baby son she failed to protect from death by the crash. In her own aftermath, she is the unmistakable foil to Bridges' expansive superman complex as a mother who loses all will to live.

The two find themselves bonding, sharing a connection that transcends the love we tend to understand, or that Isabella Rossellini, as Bridges' wife, and Benicio Del Toro, as Perez's husband, tend to understand. And as Bridges begins to reach the dangerous peak of his high on existence, Perez is forced to make amends with the world, taking control of shaping herself. The film is a boundless interpretation of an all-encompassingly utilitarian philosophy, a kind of precept that amalgamates the black and white duality of unflappable idealism and hopeless despair.

There are peripheral nebbishy professionals played in bit parts by a gregarious Tom Hulce and John Turturro who has as a virtually futile psychologist-for-hire a sort of ironic missionary zeal. We hear Gorecki's beautiful major string orchestra sound. But the film would not have the same kind of clarity, or perhaps even the same themes, without the articulately detailed cinematic expression of Rafael Yglesias' material by the director, Peter Weir.

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