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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 »

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Korean | Persian | Spanish | Arabic

Release Date:

26 February 2009 (Bahrain) See more »

Also Known As:

A szabadság határai See more »

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$454,149, 19 April 2009
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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Wayne Kramer wanted Paul Walker to play the character "Chris Farrell" but Harvey Weinstein insisted that the part went to Sean Penn, which began a series of problematic occurrences involving the film. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie, there is a scene where Harrison Ford's character is booking a prisoner into a detention center for illegal immigrants. In this scene the booking officer is incorrectly wearing the uniform of a CBP Enforcement Officer instead of an ICE Immigration Enforcement Agent. 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

Mistake the Enemy
Written and Performed by Jim Sturgess
Produced by Brian Ross
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User Reviews

I'm not on the fence: the critics are idiots
17 March 2009 | by JawsphobiaSee all my reviews

Apart from the usual movie-movie technology of enhancing a license plate from grainy dots to sharp numbers, I had nothing against this movie. I strongly disagree with the apparent consensus and the low tomatometer rating. Crossing Over is an emotional film, and makes points that will be unpopular. The film creates empathy for someone we at first shrink from, namely the 15 year old Bangali girl who inflames her classmates on the topic of 9/11. She had forgotten what happened to Bill Maher. Meanwhile Harrison Ford's character Max Brogan gets razzed for any show of empathy or concern for the people is team have to process through immigration. He puts a weathered human face on a job that must be unpleasant. We understand when that climate - peer pressure - causes him to stop short of helping someone in a timely fashion, and Ford is very watchable doing the most mundane things as he confronts the consequences of compromise. I don't feel connections between the characters are implausible. It gives unity to the overall comment on community and who should be included and who should not.


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