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The Crossing Guard (1995)

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Freddy Gale is a seedy jeweller who has sworn to kill the drunk driver who killed his little girl.

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Sean Penn

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Sean Penn
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nicholson ... Freddy Gale
David Morse ... John Booth
Anjelica Huston ... Mary
Robin Wright ... Jojo
Piper Laurie ... Helen Booth
Richard Bradford ... Stuart Booth
Priscilla Barnes ... Verna
David Baerwald David Baerwald ... Peter
Robbie Robertson ... Roger
John Savage ... Bobby
Kari Wuhrer ... Mia
Jennifer Leigh Warren Jennifer Leigh Warren ... Jennifer
Kellita Smith ... Tanya
Richard C. Sarafian ... Sunny Ventura (as Richard Sarafian)
Bobby Cooper ... Coop
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Storyline

After his daughter died in a hit and run, Freddy Gale has waited six years for John Booth, the man responsible, to be released from prison. On the day of release, Gale visits Booth and announces that he will kill him in one week. Booth uses his time to try and make peace with himself and his entourage, and even finds romance. Gale, whose life is spiralling down because of his obsession towards Booth, will bring himself on the very edge of sanity. At the end of the week, both men will find themselves on a collision course with each other. Written by Anthony

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Some lives cross, others collide.

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crossing Guard See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$832,910
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Miramax See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sean Penn considered the performance of Jack Nicholson in the movie to be one of the finest in his career. See more »

Goofs

When JoJo is dancing in front of John to Salt n Pepa's "Whatta Man", John gets up and stops the tape player. A minute later, he presses play on the tape player again, and the song comes in, however it is almost 4 bars rewound, and plays the same lyrics over again that has already been played, though no one rewound the tape. See more »

Quotes

[after being released from prison]
John Booth: I think freedom's overrated. What you're talking about. You know, if there isn't something bigger than, uh, than freedom, then freedom is just entertainment.
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References Bright Eyes (1934) See more »

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Room At The Top
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Disappointing even with Jack Nicholson and Angela Huston
8 July 2005 | by easmaxSee all my reviews

I was looking forward to seeing a movie with Jack Nicholson that I had never seen.

So I rented it this week. I was disappointed in the overall production. It was way too long and while there were some scenes with some good acting , Nicholson was not very good--due more to the poor direction and the script than to him.

The plot was certainly different and very dramatic , the reaction of parents to the death of their young daughter by a man driving his car in a school crossing. It is never made clear if the crossing guard shown in one brief seen half asleep was asleep at the time of the accident.

Not only was the ending far too long , it was completely improbable , Neither actor was a Marathon runner.

You might want to see it for the same reason I did , viz. to see Jack Nicholson and Angelica Huston ,,but if you are looking for a great movie , look somewhere else.


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