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Crossing Over (2009)

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Crossing Over is about illegal aliens of many nationalities in the Los Angeles area and the authorities and individuals dealing with them.

Director:

Wayne Kramer

Writer:

Wayne Kramer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Max Brogan
Ray Liotta ... Cole Frankel
Ashley Judd ... Denise Frankel
Jim Sturgess ... Gavin Kossef
Cliff Curtis ... Hamid Baraheri
Alice Braga ... Mireya Sanchez
Alice Eve ... Claire Sheperd
Summer Bishil ... Taslima Jahangir
Jacqueline Obradors ... Special Agent Phadkar
Justin Chon ... Yong Kim
Melody Zara ... Zahra Baraheri (as Melody Khazae)
Merik Tadros ... Farid Baraheri
Marshall Manesh ... Sanjar Baraheri
Nina Nayebi ... Minoo Baraheri
Naila Azad Naila Azad ... Rokeya Jahangir
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

One of the very few films with realistic portrayals of both legal and illegal immigrants in the United States. See more »

Goofs

Denise Frankel is trying to adopt the little girl from Nigeria, who has been in the detention center. There is a lengthy process for adoption, and there never seems to be any hint of an investigation into her, her husband Cole, or their home to ensure that the girl would be placed into a suitable living environment. Throughout the movie, it doesn't seem as though Cole had even participated in the screening process. Also, Cole being arrested toward the end of the movie might indicate a refusal for the adoption to take place in actuality, yet after his arrest, the girl is released to Denise's custody. See more »

Quotes

[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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I Know You're Tired
Written by Ryan Monahan
Performed by Eschellon
Courtesy of Revolving Doors Media
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Better than crash, but not for the weak minded.
24 May 2009 | by fallguy_jackSee all my reviews

This movie makes crash seem like over-dramatized sensationalism. Crossing Over has a powerhouse cast portraying a far more realistic depiction of attitudes and perspectives in contemporary America. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 is because towards the end one plot stream takes a Hollywood twist, which while not especially relevant, detracts from the gritty realism of the movie.

A lot of people have trouble with portrayals of perspectives which challenge the psychological defense mechanisms we put in place to allow us to filter reality into something easier for us to live with. If we really look at things for what they are, the world is a very scary place. This is why you will notice that people get disproportionately agitated when you challenge these mental constructs, leading to loud and/or ignorant opinions. <--also well portrayed at times in the film.

I thought about using smaller words for those weak minded loud mouths, but they probably didn't read this far and I've learned, to my dismay, that all I can do is dismiss their stupidity/cowardice anyways.

If you can see past what mass media shoves down your throat, you will thoroughly appreciate this movie, I guarantee it :)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean | Persian | Spanish | Arabic

Release Date:

26 February 2009 (Bahrain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,370, 1 March 2009

Gross USA:

$455,654

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,676,533
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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