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

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16 November 1995 (USA)  »

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Crossing Guard  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$832,910
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Sean Penn considered the performance of Jack Nicholson in the movie to be one of the finest in his career. 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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Peter: In the joint, did you get butt-fucked?
John Booth: It only hurts the first time.
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Not very effective at all.
27 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Sean Penn directs Jack Nicholson in this story of a man who swears to avenge his daughter's death by killing the drunk driver who struck her.

The movie opens up with Nicholson's character being a sleazy guy in a strip club and instantly we don't care very much about him, because he treats everyone like crap and doesn't really seem to have much depth. I'm all for unlikeable characters, but not when they're totally unredeemable and of no interest to the audience.

The rest of the plot seems very back-and-forth..."I'm going to kill him!" "Wait, I can't kill him." "I'm going to kill him!" "But I shouldn't kill him." When he finally makes up his mind the movie has already lost a lot of its momentum and derails way too early.


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