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Fearless (1993)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Max Klein
... Laura Klein
... Carla Rodrigo
... Brillstein
... Dr. Bill Perlman
... Manny Rodrigo
... Nan Gordon
... Jeff Gordon (as John De Lancie)
Spencer Vrooman ... Jonah Klein
Daniel Cerny ... Byron Hummel
... Gail Klein
... Sarah
... Alison
... Cindy Dickens
... Peter Hummel
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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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Rated R for language and airplane crash realism | See all certifications »

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5 November 1993 (USA)  »

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$6,995,302
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Mel Gibson was offered the role of Max which in the end was cast with actor Jeff Bridges. Gibson has previous worked with director Peter Weir on both Gallipoli (1981) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982). See more »

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While driving after the crash, Max checks his map and points to Highway 99 between Bakersfield and Los Angeles. However, he is obviously out in the middle of the Mojave desert and nowhere near either city. See more »

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[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 Home and Away: Episode #1.1598 (1994) See more »

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Written by Gipsy Kings
Performed by Gipsy Kings
Courtesy of ELEKTRA ENTERTAINMENT and SONY MUSIC
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great character study
11 October 1999 | by See 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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