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Grand Canyon (1992)

Danny Glover , Kevin Kline , Lawrence Kasdan  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Danny Glover, Kevin Kline, Steve Martin, Mary McDonnell, Mary-Louise Parker
  • Directors: Lawrence Kasdan
  • Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, Meg Kasdan
  • Producers: Lawrence Kasdan, Charles Okun, Meg Kasdan, Michael Grillo, Ron Stacker Thompson
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 4.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056BSJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,570 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Grand Canyon" on IMDb

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When a lawyer's (Kevin Kline) car breaks down in a dangerous Los Angeles neighborhood, a tow-truck driver (Danny Glover) arrives just in time to save his life. The two men begin a deep friendship that sets off a chain of unsettling and surprising events involving their families and friends for years to come. Lawrence Kasdan's powerful, uplifting film about the harsh realities of contemporary urban life co-stars Steve Martin, Mary McDonnell, Mary-Louise Parker and Alfre Woodard.

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming to the edge 10 years later June 10, 2002
Ten years ago when GRAND CANYON was released many people snickered at a movie so overblown with making the world (read Los Angeles) seem so seemingly cruel and unjust. Some of us found the movie poignant and apocalyptic, but I think the press barred the public from taking the movie seriously. Well, here we are ten years laater watching this well crafted movie, surrounded by even more cosmic madness than ever before. A lot of contemporary prophecy films such as this need to be more widely viewed if we as a culture, as a world, are to survive. Living in this tenuous time where most fingers are on triggers, whether they be personal guns or national weapons, private or public disasters, or just on the thin strings that contain sanity - now more than ever we can benefit from films such as this. Caring, finding solace in acts of kindness shared at times of direst need, and yes, even putting it all in perspective by returning to the natural positive phenomena such as the Grand Canyon seems like our only reliable way of making it. This Kasdan film has more fine performances (Kevin Klein, Mary McDonnell, Alfre Woodward, Danny Golover, Jeremy Sisto, etc etc etc) and drives relentlessly to a final ending of such beauty that even ten years later we can only say "Thank you " to Kasdan and crew.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Insightful Commentary on Life from Lawrence Kasdan September 11, 2002
Early in this film one of the characters makes the observation that half of the people in the city of Los Angeles (in which the story is set) live every day on the verge of hysteria. It is further noted that the other half ARE hysterical, and the predominant aspect of their lives is attempting to control their constant fear; fear generated entirely by the very nature of their environment, and just the way things "are." It's a thought provoking concept of life in the `90s and beyond, and of a world in which babies are abandoned, people live in boxes on the street and the guy with the gun is in charge. And as another character so succinctly points out, "This isn't the way the world is supposed to work--" All of which and more is considered by director Lawrence Kasdan in his evocative drama "Grand Canyon," starring Danny Glover, Kevin Kline and Mary McDonnell. It's a contemplation of the kind of world in which we are forced to live, the huge gaps and voids it creates in our lives, and the decisions and choices we make in an effort to fill the crevasses it all forms in our souls. This is more than just a film, it's a statement; a reflection upon what it takes for millions of people from all walks of life to get out of bed every morning and face the day. And for those who care enough and are bold enough to look deeply into Kasdan's eyes, there's a message to be found here, and a powerful one it is.
In the song "Johnny 99," Bruce Springsteen sings about a part of town where "When you hit a red light you don't stop," and when Mack (Kline) leaves a Laker's game at the Forum and decides to try a short cut to avoid traffic, it is precisely in "that" part of town that his car gives up the ghost. His cell phone is dead, but he manages to find a phone booth and call for road service.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By Sneak
I've just endured an unpleasant half hour trawling through the myriad reviews of "Grand Canyon", that are so misinformed as to be laughable.

Aside from the fact that the New York Times may have awarded this the "worst film of all time" (in a year that "Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves" was released?? - please!) I find these attitude of such reviewers quite lamentable. Grand Canyon is a magnificent film - and absolutlely NOT just the purview of "New Agers"! Anyone who has studied film to even a marginal degree will recognise the greatness in Grand Canyon. No, it's not "The Godfather"... yet it is still one of the finest films of its time. To those it touches (and there are many), it is unforgettable.

Kasdan had a vision that was unfortunately ahead of its time (and still appears to be in 2006, judging from some of the reviews here!). Certainly not "The Big Chill", Grand Canyon is a far more nuanced work - to those who understand its subtleties, it is sublime - to those still struggling to comprehend the mysteries, magic and meaning of our existance here, I can see how it might appear impenetrable or pretentious. That is no fault of the film itself - just as "Deuce Bigalow" is speaking to its chosen audience of prepubertal adolescents, so is Grand Canyon attempting to connect with those humans who choose to delve beneath the flimsy facade of modern existance. To the opinion-makers, it will naturally slip under their radar; don't let that be a reason for you missing this unmissable film.

To anyone considering this film, I implore you - do not be distracted by the inane ramblings of posters who wouldn't understand a truly meaningful film if they fell over it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Canyon August 4, 2001
Grand Canyon is simply a movie that shows how connected every person is to another. No matter your "state of fortune" or perception of the world, the movie shows how each and every other type of person will eventually cross your path. It states, "You are the most important person to some, and inconsequential to others". I see the movie three ways depending on which characters you follow.
The first way: It makes you believe that no matter what you accomplish, complete or create it pails in the eyes of nature. That at the end of the day it was all for nothing so don't take it all so seriously.
The second way: You can make a difference. It shows that a single decision on a given day can change the course of your life. That you should follow through with your convictions no matter the resistance you face. That at the end of the day your decisions shape the landscape and make the world a better place.
The final way: (And the way I see it most) You are supposed to stay the course. That everything that happens, happens. React to, enjoy or escape the situation you encounter but no matter what you decide you are actually part of a bigger world. That you need to take time to enjoy the accomplishments of others, nature and yourself. No matter how far you are from other people they are never out of view. In a moment you can bring together or be seperated from everything you have ever known. And at the end of the day you will have created your "Grand Canyon".
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my all-time favorite movies. It has breadth and depth...
This is one of my all-time favorite movies. It has breadth and depth of subject matter (love, social philosophy, racism, marital fidelity, birth, and death) and these themes are... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars danny glover, kevin kline, steve martin, three giants of comedy in...
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Published 2 months ago by bob e.
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow down your life!
Watch this with your close friends.
Published 2 months ago by lindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep. Rewarded for your time.
This was brilliantly written and cast. Moves slowly, if you're an action lover, hang in there. This movie.touches life on several levels for single and married adults.
Published 4 months ago by Dee Dee
4.0 out of 5 stars really good writing and believable lead characters (spoilers)...
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5.0 out of 5 stars great conditon
I ordered working girl on DVD. this movie is fantastic the conditon and arrival were both great and quick.
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Published 13 months ago by Jennifer R Aknin
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
even though it's over 20 years old- it's still one of the best films I know that explores the existential questions of - hope,fear and and (maybe) a God at work....
Published 13 months ago by Jay White
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I just adore this movie. It really moved me when I saw it in the theater,so I was glad to buy it for my collection. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Elizabeth Dentch
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 5
This film is one of my all-time top five favorites. When I taught American history and film, I used this film to wrap up the class because it says so many things about the way we... Read more
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