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The Crossing Guard (1995)

Freddy Gale is a seedy jeweller who has sworn to kill the drunk driver who killed his little girl.

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After his daughter died in a hit and run, Freddy Gale has waited six years for John Booth, the man responsible, to be released from prison. On the day of release, Gale visits Booth and announces that he will kill him in one week. Booth uses his time to try and make peace with himself and his entourage, and even finds romance. Gale, whose life is spiralling down because of his obsession towards Booth, will bring himself on the very edge of sanity. At the end of the week, both men will find themselves on a collision course with each other. Written by Anthony

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Some lives cross, others collide.

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Rated R for sexuality and strong language | See all certifications »

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16 November 1995 (USA)  »

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Crossing Guard  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$832,910 (USA)
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According to editor Jay Cassidy, Sean Penn allowed Jack Nicholson to make editing choices for two weeks without Penn's involvement, trusting Nicholson's eye for filmmaking, being a director himself. See more »

Goofs

The calendar on Freddy's wall shows January 1 as Monday (January 17 is Wednesday). This can't be if the events in the movie take place 5-6 years after Emily's death in 1988 (John Booth was in prison for 5 years). January 1 does not fall on a Monday in 1993, 1994, or 1995 (the year of the movie's production). See more »

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John Booth: Would you maybe, ya know, would you take a couple days, and maybe think about not taking my life?
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Referenced in At the Movies: 25 Years of Margaret & David (2011) See more »

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King's Highway
Written and Performed by Joe Henry
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Peculiar and exciting work from Sean Penn
19 March 2002 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

"The Crossing guard" is not a completely typical or usual thriller. When it comes to actors David Morse has an incredibly nice, gentle and friendly looks. It's really hard to imagine him playing twisted criminals and psychopaths. On the other hand Jack Nicholson's looks - as we all know - are one of the most dreadful and devilish there is. His sinister eyes and evil expressions were the vitality of the movies like "The Shining", "The Witches of Eastwick", "Batman" or "Wolf". The secret behind the suspense of "The Crossing guard" is to put these two men in the same film and make Nicholson's character Freddy Gale hunt down David Morse's John Booth. The latter is responsible for the death of Gale's daughter Emily but he's not a bad man. He made a mistake, went to prison for it and is trying to keep on living with dead girl on his conscience. This splendid, interesting idea works perfectly. The last picture of "The Crossing guard" is very emotional, very touching and it wraps the whole film beautifully together. Thrilling "The Crossing guard" is Jack Nicholson's finest performances of the 90's and probably the best one of the three movies Sean Penn has directed so far. Watch it!


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