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The Crossing Guard
The Crossing Guard
Actors: Jack Nicholson, David Morse, Anjelica Huston, Robin Wright, Piper Laurie
Director: Sean Penn
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
R     1999     1hr 51min

Academy Award(R)-winner Jack Nicholson (1997 Best Actor, AS GOOD AS IT GETS) drives this suspenseful, critically acclaimed action thriller about one man's unquenchable thirst for revenge! For six agonizing years, Freddy Ga...  more »


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Actors: Jack Nicholson, David Morse, Anjelica Huston, Robin Wright, Piper Laurie
Director: Sean Penn
Creators: Vilmos Zsigmond, Sean Penn, Bob Weinstein, David Hamburger, Harvey Weinstein, Richard N. Gladstein
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Studio: Miramax
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/16/1999
Original Release Date: 11/16/1995
Theatrical Release Date: 11/16/1995
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 51min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Deborah D. (pmdeborah) from YORK, PA
Reviewed on 7/23/2010...
The acting from everyone was great. The plot was also wonderful. There were some parts that were a bit slow. A movie that makes you think about remorse and forgiveness.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Joseph Leydon | Texas | 09/15/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It's too long, too unfocused and way too self-indulgent. But in the end, none of this matters. Sean Penn's second effort as a director-screenwriter is compelling and emotionally resonant ways that more conventionally well-made films never manage to be. Jack Nicholson gives one of his finest performances as Freddy Gale, a jewelry store owner whose daughter was killed by a drunken driver six years before the story begins. Since then, the devastated Freddy has remained alive only by nursing the hope that he will be able to kill John Booth (David Morse), the man who accidentally killed his daughter. But as the guilt-racked Booth is released from prison, it becomes very clear that perhaps neither man really wants to live much longer. Throughout "Crossing Guard," Penn has a tendency to sledgehammer his way through walls rather than simply opening doors. Even so, he always gets where he wants to go -- to that dark corner of our hearts where we can forgive no one, not even ourselves. Co-star Anjelica Huston has a couple of terrific scenes as Freddy's ex-wife, a woman with her own share of guilt, fear and loathing."
Tour de Force!
Curtis Grindahl | San Anselmo, California USA | 04/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I puzzle at those reviewers criticizing this film, which to my mind is a tour de force. Of course, I do volunteer work with dying folks and help train aspiring grief counselors to deal with the traumas that life all too often brings us. I can only assume that those who so quickly dismiss this powerful meditation on grief and remorse have yet to experience these real life emotions. Something by Schwarzenegger may be more to their taste, or one of the ubiquitous comic book recreations we encounter most summers with cardboard characters and pseudo emotions. Sean Penn is plumbing much deeper regions of the human psyche, and doing so with actors of rare talent, fully capable of sharing with us their heart rending vulnerabilities. Few actors have the courage to go to the places these actors visit as they face suffering almost too great to bear. I'm reminded of the more recent Mystic River that explores equally traumatizing events. It was heartening to watch the joy with which Sean Penn's Academy award for his performance in that Clint Eastwood film was greeted by his fellow professionals who have long acknowledged this young man's genius both in front of and behind the camera. The Crossing Guard deserves a wider audience and will surely reward the discerning viewer with a deeply felt movie experience. Check it out for yourself!"
Sean Penn and Nicholson make a great team
DSG | Franklin, Wisconsin | 02/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Penn is amazing what what he put to script here
Nicholson or Jack Nicholson is brilliant as his role
the movie touches you , scares you, shocks you, keeps you guessing a little about what will happen at the end. but overall a truly moving movie. have it on dvd and it never let me down. it never has and never will. the crossing guard is truly a gem like Chinatown with Nicholson in it. I could watch this movie again and again and again. Nicholson really shines in this role for a movie. and the cast is innovative and picked out quite well :)"