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Crossing Over (2009)

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Crossing Over is a multi-character canvas about immigrants of different nationalities struggling to achieve legal status in Los Angeles. The film deals with the border, document fraud, the ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Max Brogan
... Cole Frankel
... Denise Frankel
... Gavin Kossef
... Hamid Baraheri
... Mireya Sanchez
... Claire Sheperd
... Taslima Jahangir
... Special Agent Phadkar
... Yong Kim
... Zahra Baraheri (as Melody Khazae)
... Farid Baraheri
... Sanjar Baraheri
... Minoo Baraheri
Naila Azad ... Rokeya Jahangir
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Crossing Over is a multi-character canvas about immigrants of different nationalities struggling to achieve legal status in Los Angeles. The film deals with the border, document fraud, the asylum and green card process, work-site enforcement, naturalization, the office of counter terrorism and the clash of cultures. Written by Wayne Kramer

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Every day thousands of people illegally cross our borders... only one thing stands in their way. America.

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Rated R for pervasive language, some strong violence and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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26 February 2009 (Bahrain)  »

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A szabadság határai  »

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Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,370, 1 March 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$454,149, 19 April 2009
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Director Wayne Kramer's original cut was 140 minutes long, but despite having the right to final cut, this film's producer agreed to be involved in editing the film down to two hours when Harvey Weinstein allegedly threatened to release the film straight to DVD, and bypass theatrical altogether (Kramer had nothing to do with the re-editing). See more »

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In Gavin's interview scene, the immigration officer relies on the Rabbi's opinion. The garb and the accent of the Rabbi suggest he is a European Orthodox (probably Lubavich), yet in the end he gives Gavin a card, saying he should come to Temple Bet Sholom. "Temple Bet Sholom" is typically a name for splinter Reform congregations, whose rabbis are mostly American- or Canadian-born (therefore no accent), and wear contemporary clothes. See more »

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[first lines]
Max Brogan: What do you want me to do?
San Pedro ICE Processing Agent: Look, it's not my problem.
Max Brogan: All I'm asking, Stevens, is did the old man get seen to? He was sweating and shaking when I put him on the bus. He said his arm felt numb.
San Pedro ICE Processing Agent: Jesus Christ, Brogan, everything is a humanitarian crisis with you. You've signed off on more orders of recognizance than the rest of your unit combined.
Max Brogan: Don't give me that shit. The man's about to have a goddamn heart attack. I want him seen to.
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Connections

Remake of Crossing Over (1996) See more »

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Beni Beni (Acoustic)
Written by Azam Ali, Ramin Torkian (as Loga Ramin Torkian), Carmen Rizzo
Performed by Niyaz
Courtesy of Six Degrees Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Riley"s Review: Crossing Over
3 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

Upon looking at the cover of the DVD case, I was quite skeptical about how good this movie really is. It seemed like it would be sub-par because of the fact that Blockbuster sponsored its release to DVD. Also, the fact that Crossing Over is a lame and cliché title for a immigration movie added more reasons to my skepticism.

Anyways, I popped the DVD in. Harrison Ford playing his usual role, a law enforcement/cop/detective actually gave a good performance. I am a big fan of the character of Amid in this film. His emotions were real and his performance during the hold-up scene in the Korean Convenience store was suspenseful and emotional.

I felt some connections to Crash; with all the interconnectedness between the characters. Despite the cool and intriguing effect of the relationships between the characters, it still wasn't amazing as Crash's.

If I had to pick a scene, no doubt would I choose the Koreantown convenient store scene. One of the best I have seen.

I am shocked that this movie was on limited release. If you want to explore a new topic in illegal immigration, with good performances and recognizable actors then this movie is definitely worth the rent. The overall message of this movie is pro-immigration, but it is an interesting and emotional ride to catch a glimpse of the hard and sacrificial life of an immigrant.


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