Crossing Guard

Crossing Guard

Director: Sean Penn

Cast: Jack Nicholson, David Morse, Anjelica Huston

     
 

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Agonizing over the tragic death of his son due to the carelessness of a drunk driver, a vengeful father awaits the day of the killer's parole in this poignant release from Walt Disney Video. Presented as filmed in 1.85:1 widescreen and featuring closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, this disc contains no subtitles or alternate audio tracks. Extra features… See more details below

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Agonizing over the tragic death of his son due to the carelessness of a drunk driver, a vengeful father awaits the day of the killer's parole in this poignant release from Walt Disney Video. Presented as filmed in 1.85:1 widescreen and featuring closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, this disc contains no subtitles or alternate audio tracks. Extra features are limited to a cast and crew audio commentary track.

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Sean Penn's occasionally preachy, but ultimately complicated and challenging, take on the repercussions of drunk driving, both for the victims and the offenders, is a dark study in anguish and redemption. Talented actors were clearly eager to work with the mercurial second-time director, and Penn gets harrowing performances out of Jack Nicholson and Angelica Huston, as well as a touchingly chastened one from David Morse as the paroled drunk driver. A simpler film would have demonized Morse as an unrepentant sinner, but Penn is more interested in shades of gray in this brooding look at characters who have randomly developed a regrettable relationship with each other. In fact, Nicholson, as the grieving father, is the film's most unbalanced and least sympathetic element, while the halo above Morse's head is almost visible. The lingering impact on all of their lives is achingly rendered, and Penn deserves credit for dramatizing the festering anger and resentment rather than the predictable hopeless sadness that would have dominated had the narrative started right after the accident. Some critics chided Penn for choosing an issue more commonly befitting an after-school special, but the deep performances excuse the topical subject matter, and the execution hints at Penn's promise beyond the field of acting, which he apparently dislikes.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/1999
UPC:
0717951002136
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:51:00

Special Features

Cast and crew commentary; Dolby Digital 5.1 audio; Widescreen [1.85:1]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Nicholson Freddy Gale
David Morse John Booth
Anjelica Huston Mary
Robin Wright Jojo
Piper Laurie Helen Booth
Richard Bradford John Booth's father
John Savage Bobby
Kari Wuhrer Mia
Priscilla Barnes Verna
Joseph Bottoms Actor
Angie Dickinson Actor
Karen Medak Actor
Leo Penn Actor
Robbie Robertson Roger
Eileen Ryan Woman in Shop
Grant Show Jake Hanson
Lindsay Wagner Actor
Michael Abelar Bum
Penny Allen Woman on Bus
Buddy Anderson Buddy
David Baerwald Peter
Jeremiah Birkett Jefferey's Boyfriend
Nicky Blair Himself
Hadda Brooks Piano Player
Bobby Cooper Coop
Lisa Crawford Cop
William Dignam Crossing Guard
Erin Dignam Peter's Guest 1
Christel Ehde Dancer
Dennis "Chicago" Fanning Cop
Elizabeth Gilliam Little Asian Girl
Ryo Ishabashi Jefferey
Edward L. Katz Eddie
Gene Kirkwood Swinger
Jay Koiwai Asian Man
Jason Kristofer Bus Passenger
Ruby McKoy Deputy Sheriff
Randy Meadoff Bus Passenger
Daysi Moreno Freddy's Chicana
Jeff Morris Silas
Hanna Newmaster Little Girl
Kamala Petty Dancer
Matthew Ryan Twin Boy
Michael Ryan Twin Boy
Richard Sarafian Sunny Ventura
Millicent Sheridan Dancer
Kellita Smith Tanya
Joi Travers Dancer
Joe Viterelli Joe at Bar
Jennifer Leigh Warren Jennifer

Technical Credits
Sean Penn Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jay Lash Cassidy Editor
Richard N. Gladstein Executive Producer
Per Hallberg Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Haller Production Designer
David Shamroy Hamburger Producer
Jack Nitzsche Score Composer,Songwriter
Jill M. Ohanneson Costumes/Costume Designer
Don Phillips Casting
Mario Roberts Stunts
Bruce Springsteen Score Composer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program Start [3:23]
2. "I Miss Me..." [2:38]
3. Opening Credits [2:41]
4. Four Short Blocks [1:11]
5. Two Prisoners [2:01]
6. A Bridge Home [2:13]
7. Pride And Relief [9:06]
8. A Sound In Your Head [3:38]
9. The Empty Chamber [5:00]
10. Perfect 7 [5:06]
11. Boys And Girls [5:14]
12. Prints And Paintings [2:30]
13. Love And Penance. [3:33]
14. Flowers For Emily [3:10]
15. Tender Mercies [3:33]
16. Feddy In Dreamland [1:08]
17. At First Sight [6:23]
18. Morning Of The Third Day [3:08]
19. Practice [1:01]
20. A Dance For John [3:22]
21. A Dance For Freddy [3:11]
22. Breakdown [6:11]
23. The Diner [5:25]
24. Come On! [3:42]
25. Run For Your Life [2:16]
26. Like A Magnet Drawn [3:41]
27. The Chase [4:12]
28. Crossing The Line [3:06]
29. A Child's Garden Of Remorse [4:43]
30. End Credits [4:02]

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