directed by Sean Penn
USA 1995

Director Sean Penn's masterpiece mediating on revenge, guilt and punishment...  with an unforgettable climax that evolves like a passive Shakespeare coincidence. Sean Penn is one of best North American directors working today - this is aside from his prodigious talent as an actor. "The Crossing Guard" is my favorite of his three films. Jack Nicholson is as real and stirring as he ever is, playing Freddie Gale, a successful jeweler who, through a horrific tragedy, has lost his daughter Emily to a drunk driver. Freddie's life is an orgy of spending and abuse since the event and analogous breakup with his wife (Anjelica Huston). His life is spiraling to an inevitable close waiting to exact his revenge upon the man who did it - certain that the retribution will resolve his pain. John Booth (played by David Morse) has just been released from jail for the crime. John has come to a more accepting state of mind involving the guilt he is laboring with... but he is nonetheless repentant. The plot unfolds to a preeminent final scene; one as unforgettable as any in 90's Hollywood. out of

Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release: September 10th, 1995 (Toronto Film Festival) - CANADA

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DVD Review: Miramax -  Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Miramax-  Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:50:36
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.80 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.



Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles English (Close captioned), None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterbox - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Miramax Recommendations
• Commentary by Cast and crew

DVD Release Date:
September 2, 2003
Keep Case
Chapters: 30


Good video and audio (5.1) on the DVD by Miramax. I would have preferred it anamorphic, but suspect that a it may get re-issued as an 16X9 SE one day. This is a dark film with good contrast, but there is also some stellar cinematography that is showcased well by the colors. There are close-captions for the hearing impaired and a optional commentary track. I am enamored with the film, so I may be biased - but this is a "gotta have" DVD in my book.  out of      

Gary W. Tooze

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