• The Crossing Guard (1995)

The Crossing Guard

Release Date: November 12th, 1995

DVD Release Date: November 16th, 1999

R |1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary

For six excruciating years, Freddy Gale (Jack Nicholson) has fantasized about taking bloody revenge on John Booth (David Morse), the drunk driver responsible for the traffic accident that killed his daughter. On the last day of Booth's prison sentence, a grief-stricken Gale informs his ex-wife, Mary (Anjelica Huston), of his intentions, then follows Booth to a mobile home in the suburbs. There, with hands shaking, Gale draws his gun -- and steps into a dark and uncertain future.

Cast: Jack Nicholson, David Morse, Anjelica Huston, Robin Wright, Piper Laurie, Richard Bradford, Robbie Robertson, John Savage

Director: Sean Penn

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Miramax Films

Keywords: Father, Melodramatic, Transformation, 1990s, School, Revenge, Girlfriend, Brooding

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    What is good about this film is very good, but there are too many side trips, in both the plot and the emotions, for the film to draw us in fully. show more

  • 75
    Edward GuthmannSan Francisco Chronicle

    Some scenes ramble and go on too long, dialogue occasionally turns awkward and adolescent, and the film threatens to collapse from its own unchecked anger. show more

  • 75
    TV Guide Magazine

    His emphasis on acting is welcome at a time when shallow, smirkingly self-referential performances threaten to become the Hollywood norm, but the film's slack pacing and narrative indiscipline undermine its intensity. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996)