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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

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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

Jack Nicholson turned down the role of Mitch Leary in the Clint Eastwood film In the Line of Fire (1993), which went to John Malkovich. Ironically, Leary uses the alias "John Booth" in reference to John Wilkes Booth and the Abraham Lincoln assassination to taunt Eastwood's character. Robert Duvall and Robert De Niro were also considered. Sean Penn has worked with Duvall, De Niro, Nicholson, and Eastwood. See more »

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When Freddy gives John Booth three more days he marks it on the calendar in red and the square he draws is not even, later when he crosses the day in the calendar the square drawn is perfect. See more »

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[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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A powerful and compelling story, filmed well and with some great performances.
18 April 2003 | by Rich BSee all my reviews

A powerful and compelling story, filmed well and with some great performances.

Sean Penn seems to have managed to level the actors here, with David Morse, Anjelica Huston and Jack Nicholson putting in great performances and none of them stealing the scenes from the other. I found this very surprising as I expected Nicholson to flood the screen, as he so often does with such little difficulty.

However, the emotion between Huston and Nicholson in the latter half of the film during the coffee shop scene is so powerful to watch. Huston is such a wonderful actress, and Nicholson shows some emotional depth that I haven't seen before, or rather, not felt with his performance before.

The story is written and planned extremely well, with tension rising slowly and almost imperceptibly, until the final day. I found myself caught from the opening scenes of the counselling session cut with the drunken, partying Nicholson, right through to the pivotal moments of the main characters lives.

It is a fantastic way to address this subject. To examine it from both sides, and keep each side with its own sympathies and understandings. Cleverly your sympathies and hatred are swapped throughout the story.

I hope there's more to come like this.


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