Crossing the Line Poster

Release Date: August 10th, 2007

DVD Release Date: January 8th, 2008

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 31 min

Plot Summary
In this documentary, American Pfc. James Dresnok, on duty in Korea in 1962, walks across the border to the north and becomes one of four western defectors. Used as a propaganda tool by the communist government, Dresnok's motives are never political or made entirely clear. During a court martial by the U.S., Dresnok does little to defend his actions and remains in North Korea. Marrying a Romanian woman, then later a Korean with whom he has children, Dresnok finds an odd peace in his new country.

Cast: Christian Slater

Director: Daniel Gordon

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: 1990s, Fascinating, 1980s, 1970s, 2000s, Escape, Soldier, Engaging, Prison, 1960s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The release of Crossing the Line couldn't be more timely. Earlier this week, it was announced that the two Koreas would hold a summit this month in Pyongyang. Perhaps Kim will bring Dresnok with him. show more

  • Aside from some resonant hints that all is not as it seems, the movie leaves it to you to decide where the truths begin and ends. You'll be untangling Dresnok's knotty reality long after you leave the theater. show more

  • Ultimately, Dresnok comes across as honest and credible, and his story is absolutely fascinating. show more

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