Fearless

Overview

Adapted by screenwriter Rafael Yglesias from his own novel, Fearless explores the complex struggle back to mental health of post-traumatic stress disorder victim Max Klein Jeff Bridges. One of few survivors of a fatal plane crash, Klein remains calm and assists other survivors out of the burning debris, earning praise as a hero by the media. After stoically departing the tragedy without a word to emergency officials, Max returns home with detached feelings towards his wife Isabella Rossellini and son, along with ...
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Overview

Adapted by screenwriter Rafael Yglesias from his own novel, Fearless explores the complex struggle back to mental health of post-traumatic stress disorder victim Max Klein Jeff Bridges. One of few survivors of a fatal plane crash, Klein remains calm and assists other survivors out of the burning debris, earning praise as a hero by the media. After stoically departing the tragedy without a word to emergency officials, Max returns home with detached feelings towards his wife Isabella Rossellini and son, along with a bizarre, seemingly authentic belief that he is now impervious to harm. Bill Perlman John Turturro, a psychiatrist for the airline, fails to reach Max about his newfound fearlessness, but asks for his help in aiding Carla Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Rosie Perez, a fellow crash survivor filled with grief and guilt over the loss of her baby. In one of his earlier roles, Benicio del Toro plays a small part as Carla's boyfriend. ~ Lisa Kropiewnicki
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Editorial Reviews

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Despite poor domestic box-office earnings, director Peter Weir earned well-deserved critical acclaim for this underrated drama. Weir's subtle use of visual symbolism includes sun-cast reflections, danger-yielding construction signage, and "forbidden fruit" (strawberries play an important supporting role), imparting a mystical overtone to what is essentially a psychological character study. Jeff Bridges' unnerving performance is typically understated, while Oscar-nominee Rosie Perez forgoes her usual histrionics to convincingly portray a mother in the throes of clinical depression, who discovers that her infant son is only the first of several important relationships she must give up. It is in the character of airline psychiatrist Bill Pearlman (John Turturro) that the film falters, never revealing the true nature of the malady suffered by the hero and instead using Turturro's character as a transparent narrative device. Weir's juxtaposition of calming, classical music during a flashback to the horrific airplane crash, when most directors would have staged the event like an action sequence, results in the perfect culmination of the film's overall mood of eerie transcendence.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2013
  • UPC: 883316675311
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:02:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 27,308

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Bridges Max Klein
Rosie Perez Carla Rodrigo
Isabella Rossellini Laura Klein
Tom Hulce Brillstein
John Turturro Dr. Bill Pearlman
Benicio Del Toro Manny Rodrigo
Deirdre O'Connell Nan Gordon
John deLancie Jeff Gordon
Spencer Vrooman Jonah Klein
Howard Feuer
Eve Roberts Gail Klein
Daniel Cerny Byron Hummel
Robin Pearson Rose Sarah
Debra Monk Alison
Randle Mell Peter Hummel
Kathy Rossetter Jennifer Hummel
Doug Ballard 2nd FBI Agent
Molly Cleator IHOP Waitress
Rance Howard Bald Cabby
Anne Kerry Ford Mother of Baby
Sally Murphy Jackie
Steven Culp Emergency Doctor
Cordis Heard Flight Attendant
Eric Menyuk Sears Salesman
Don Amendolia Male Survivor
Rondi Reed Woman Survivor
Elsa Raven Grey Haired Lady
William Newman Elderly Man
Jeanine Jackson Redhead
David Carpenter Young Man in Group
Kevin Brophy TV Reporter
Joan Murphy Ice Cream Mom
Loyd Catlett Texan
Suzanne Q. Burdeau Danielle's Mother
Richard Blum Passenger #1
Robert "Bobby Z" Zajonc helicoptor pilot
Technical Credits
Peter Weir Director
John Anderson Set Decoration/Design
William M. Anderson Editor
William S. Beasley Co-producer, Production Designer
Christopher Burian-Mohr Art Director
Alan B. Curtiss Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Allen Daviau Cinematographer
Robin Foreman Co-producer
Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki Score Composer
Edouard Henriques III Makeup
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Phil Judd Sound/Sound Designer
Marilyn Matthews Costumes/Costume Designer
Armen Minasian Editor
Ken Pepiot Special Effects
Mark Rosenberg Producer
John Rusk Asst. Director
Lee Smith Editor
John Stoddart Production Designer
Paula Weinstein Producer
Charles Wilborn Musical Direction/Supervision
Rafael Yglesias Screenwriter
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