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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.

Director:

Sean Penn

Writer:

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
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.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The movie concludes with a dedication to "My friend, Charles Bukowski. I miss you, S.P." Sean Penn was a close friend of the writer and poet. See more »

Goofs

The calendar on Freddy's wall shows January 1 as Monday (January 17 is Wednesday). This can't be if the events in the movie take place 5-6 years after Emily's death in 1988 (John Booth was in prison for 5 years). January 1 does not fall on a Monday in 1993, 1994, or 1995 (the year of the movie's production). See more »

Quotes

Freddy Gale: Now you pity me. You pity me. You know, this is funny...
Mary: Whatever you are doing Freddy, stop it.
Freddy Gale: "Whatever you are doing Freddy, stop it". I hope you die. I hope you FUCKING die.
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Crazy Credits

Clyde is Hungry Watchdog - Dr Edward Katz See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of David Spade (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Hopping To Health
Written and Performed by Sophia L. Cassidy
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Now I know why I Never heard of this movie
6 February 2007 | by k_wyskers_mSee all my reviews

with such a good cast, I was shocked I had not heard of this movie. But after watching it, now I understand. It was a pretty good idea for a movie, but not executed very well. I just felt like Sean Penn had all these great ideas and grand schemes for an intense movie. But instead of focusing in on one solid motif, he threw too many concepts and character issues into the mix. The entire stripper / sexual sub plot with Jack could have been completely left out. There was not a lot of depth behind the acting, it was just kinda there.

Like I mentioned, the plot line kinda skated on the surface of being deep. Nothing about the movie really touched me. Especially considering I lost a family member in a similar way, I thought I would be crying my heart out. But honestly I found it barely entertaining. But if nothing is on TV and the internet isn't working, I suggest watching it.


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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$71,804, 19 November 1995

Gross USA:

$868,979

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$868,979
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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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