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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

Removable and Deportable offenses are different in that someone is removable when they are not eligible to be in the United States. Deportable offenses are more numerous and basically amount to felonies with gangs, drugs, domestic violence, weapons, and sex offenses being a top priority for Immigration Enforcement. Being convicted of such offenses will automatically put a non-US citizen in Deportation proceedings with little hope of relief. See more »

Goofs

When Harrison Ford's character, who is supposed to be an experienced Border Patrol agent, tries to dial the phone number in Tijuana, Mexico, you can see that he dials 1661 and the rest of the number as if dialing within the US. An experienced agent should know that it's an international number and one must dial 011 followed by the country code and the number. In this case he should have dialed 01152661 and the rest of the number. 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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Connections

References Blade Runner (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Feraghi (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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Extremely underrated
26 April 2011 | by barryweirSee all my reviews

I am an immigration lawyer, albeit an English one. I started my career dealing with asylum cases, family reunions and illegal immigrants. Over the years I have gone on to act for students, entertainers, high net worth individuals and corporate clients. There is little in this field I have not witnessed, from bigotry, to desperation, to the rich trying to take advantage, from immigration officials acting to corruption in my very own profession.

I have to say that this movie explores the issues surrounding immigration extremely well. Forced removal, failed attempts to cheat the system, the motivations for naturalisation (which, as the movie suggests, are not always for the joy of becoming a new citizen) and the general drive of some people to find a better life for their family. I also used to be engaged to an Iranian so I was quite impressed with the portrayal of the Iranian family. I do not mean honour killings, that is not a common thing in wealthy Iranian families, but what often can be is the concept of how one appears to others in the culture and the effect of negative gossip on the reputation of the senior members of the family.

Also, a lot has been made about the 9/11 "sympathiser" storyline. Indeed, there is one reviewer on here who refers to it as disgusting. How laughable. It is perhaps a shame that audiences, particularly American ones it seems, do not actually listening to the dialog. What the character of Taslima says is that she does not agree what they did but she understood the motivation. The movie then cleverly goes on to show the conclusion jumping nature of some Americans, in this instance the immigration official. At the end of the day Taslima's possible terrorist sympathies are left ambiguous, neither confirmed or disproved, and that is why I think a lot of less intelligent viewers jump to the same conclusion that the fictional official does by filling in the blanks that they desire to see because they do not wish to have a dialog about a difficult subject.

The only disappointing part of the movie for me was the Harrison Ford storyline. I didn't feel that any part of it explored any particular immigration related issue until the penultimate scene and I couldn't understand the motivation behind Ford's character. However, that aside I couldn't fault this picture, either in it's script, it's acting or it's direction.


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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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