Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

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Director: Lawrence Kasdan

Cast: Kevin Kline, Danny Glover, Steve Martin

     
 

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Director Lawrence Kasdan's Grand Canyon is a gathering of random events, uniting the film's wildly divergent protagonists. Driving home from an LA Lakers game, Mack (Kevin Kline), an immigration attorney, is stranded in an unsavory part of town when his car breaks down. He is rescued from a gang of hoods by Simon (Danny Glover), an African-American tow truckSee more details below

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Director Lawrence Kasdan's Grand Canyon is a gathering of random events, uniting the film's wildly divergent protagonists. Driving home from an LA Lakers game, Mack (Kevin Kline), an immigration attorney, is stranded in an unsavory part of town when his car breaks down. He is rescued from a gang of hoods by Simon (Danny Glover), an African-American tow truck driver, inaugurating a friendship between these two men. Mack offers to repay Simon's kindness by helping his sister (Tina Lifford) find an apartment in a better neighborhood, and by arranging a blind date between Simon and Jane (Alfre Woodard), a friend of Mack's secretary Dee (Mary Louise Parker). Woven into this fabric are the tribulations of Mack's best friend, a pompous exploitation movie producer (Steve Martin), who is later wounded in a robbery similar to the one threatening Mack at the beginning of the film; of Mack's wife Claire (Mary McDonnell), who adopts an abandoned baby, and disenfranchised son Roberto (Jeremy Sisto); and of Simon's nephew (Patrick Malone), who is contemplating joining a street gang. The title is symbolic, referring to the class-imposed chasms which would normally separate the characters. Kasdan co-wrote the screenplay with his wife Meg.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Lawrence Kasdan's lofty epic about the human condition is hit-or-miss, but when it hits it makes for tantalizing cinema. The film depicts characters on a treacherous search for enlightenment in the City of Angels. Perhaps Kasdan's film is more fantasy than anything else, an attempt to envision a world without violence or class distinction. Grand Canyon evokes other multi-character "meaning of it all" epics such as Nashville (1975) and Magnolia (1999), and though it investigates fate and randomness in a new light, these concepts have been examined more intricately in other directors' efforts. Kasdan does some inventive things cinematically, however, including some innovative, vivid dream sequences. The central moral premise of the film is also fairly revolutionary, portraying people going against the grain to fight the system -- even if it amounts to putting a band-aid on a shotgun wound.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2012
UPC:
0013132435398
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:15:00
Sales rank:
5,365

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Kline Mack
Danny Glover Simon
Steve Martin Davis
Mary McDonnell Claire
Mary-Louise Parker Dee
Alfre Woodard Jane
Jeremy Sisto Roberto
Tina Lifford Deborah
Patrick Malone Otis
Gregg G. Dandridge Eddie
Georgina Lindsey Cathy Fox
Lynn Salvatori Woman in Baseball Cap
Jennifer Shull Actor
Randle Mell Alley Baron
Sarah Trigger Vanessa
Destinee de Walt Kelley
Candace Mead Claire's Baby
Loren Mead Claire's Baby
Shaun Baker Rocstar
Deon Sams Jimmy
Christopher M. Brown Rotor
Branscombe Richmond Ace Cop
Walt Jordan Deuce Cop
Todd Allen Myers
Carole Ita White Morning Nurse
Basil Wallace Insurance Salesman
Jack Kehler Steve Fox
Jim Morange Bus Driver
Henry Kingi Skin
Steve Davis Scar
Sharon Lee Jones Studio Girl
Mary Ellen Trainor Ms. Green
Ben Chaney Young Roberto
Gary Cervantes Watch Robber
Ben McCreary Jackson
Sam H. Ginsburg Mr. Menken
Brett Jones Window-Breaking Thug
Paul Short Myers's Partner
Willie C. Carpenter Simon's Friend
Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez Carlo's Second Friend
Hugh Ross Davis's Assistant
Anne Ward Davis's Assistant
Cora Lee Day Woman in Car
John Ashby Woman's Driver
Jacqueline Alexandra 1st Forum Twin
Kristen Amber 2nd Forum Twin
K. Todd Freeman Wipe
Marley Shelton Amanda
Jeanne Bates Mrs. Menken

Technical Credits
Lawrence Kasdan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Cheryl Carasik Set Decoration/Design
Bill Conti Score Composer
Thomas A. Duffield Art Director
Leonard Engelman Makeup
Michael Grillo Asst. Director,Producer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Meg Kasdan Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Carol Littleton Editor
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Okun Producer,Production Manager
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
Owen Roizman Cinematographer
Keith Shartle Special Effects
Robert W. Welch Production Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Grand Canyon
1. Main Titles [3:58]
2. Lane Change, Life Change [17:41]
3. Real Violence [8:29]
4. Off The Path [13:01]
5. War Zone [10:58]
6. Big Dreams [10:31]
7. "My Pleasure" [13:35]
8. Religious Experience [10:34]
9. Simon Meets Jane [14:48]
10. Moving In, Moving Out [16:32]
11. Grand Canyon [9:42]
12. End Credits [4:24]

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