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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 ...
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Overview

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

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2012
  • UPC: 013132435497
  • Original Release: 1991
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: A
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Color
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:15:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 34,957

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
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 III Production Designer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I love this movie

    Saw it years ago and bought it on disc. It's a must own!
    Has so many messages that link together to sum it all up in the end. Keeps you on your toes, no lag time or boring parts, and is totally entertaining with all star cast. I reccommend it highly if you need a good dialogue movie with thought!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A really underrated movie

    Lawrence Kasdan, the director of the Big Chill, succeeds in telling a story that weaves between three plotlines about people living in L.A. Mack (Kevin Kline) is an immigration attorney coming home from a Lakers game and when his car breaks down a gang of hoods threatens to do him harm. He is rescued by a tow truck driver named Simon (Danny Glover), who immediately takes a liking to Mack, and tells Mack his views on life over breakfast. Mack offers to help Simon out by helping his sister move to an apartment in a better section of town. He also helps by introducing him to his secretary and one time mistress’s (Mary-Louise Parker) friend Jane (Alfre Woodard). Mack’s wife Claire (Mary McDonnell) finds an abandoned baby while jogging and ponders the idea of keeping it, while her son Roberto (Jeremy Sisto) is away at camp. There are a lot of different stories woven into one basic idea that is pretty thought provoking and sometimes you can’t tell what might be a dream and what is supposed to be real. Pay attention. Oh and the soundtrack by James Newton Howard is really good too. You hear a lot of the dramatic music that you hear in car commercials these days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thought Provoking

    Be ready to receive many vignettes about many different people from both sides of the ''track.'' It centers around Mack (Kline) and Simon (Glover) who meet under trying conditions. Mack believes that Simon could have possibly saved his life while on the dark streets of LA. He is stranded after his car stalls while taking a ''short cut'' home from a Lakers game. Simon is just doing his job as a Tow Truck Operator and has to talk a gang of local youths out of harming Mack, and possibly himself. The story follows both men and the subplots of each. Yes, the Grand Canyon does play a part in the movie, albeit, philosophically. The movie is very well done and has some memorable moments. The soundtrack adds a hipnotic attraction without overwhelming the dialogue. Some of the many scenes can loose you if you don't pay attention. Be alert, or you may get lost. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. It made me think seriously about my own life in regards to the direction I might travel.

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    Posted May 7, 2010

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