The Crossing Guard
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Sean Penn is plumbing much deeper regions of the human psyche, and doing so with actors of rare talent, fully capable of sharing with us their heart rending vulnerabilities. Few actors have the courage to go to the places these actors visit as they face suffering almost too great to bear. I'm reminded of the more recent Mystic River that explores equally traumatizing events. It was heartening to watch the joy with which Sean Penn's Academy award for his performance in that Clint Eastwood film was greeted by his fellow professionals who have long acknowledged this young man's genius both in front of and behind the camera. The Crossing Guard deserves a wider audience and will surely reward the discerning viewer with a deeply felt movie experience. Check it out for yourself!
Not a happy film by any means, but a good exercise in cinematic performance.
David Morse, who I believe makes every movie his is in (Green Mile, Contact, Hearts in Atlantis) much better, puts in an amazing performance as someone whose guilt is unshakable.
Jack of course is a living legend, but this is a performance that really transcends the typical greatness we have come to expect. He really makes you feel a piece of the powerful grief he lives with, and somehow makes you laugh.
Angelica Houston is just about the only actress I have seen steal a scene from someone like Nicholson with such subtlety. One of my favorite scenes is Nicholson and Houston in the dinner. At the conclusion, you can almost feel the door slam on their relationship.
And Robin Wright Penn gives the best performance of her career. Obviously the man and wife relationship helped Penn know how to best play her strengths. The scene when Morse confesses his worst secrets to Wright is amazing. She has few lines, but really shows volumes in her reaction.
I recently watched The Woodsman and felt that Sedgwick also did an amazing job in the same type of scene, but yet went in a completely different direction.
This film is often compared to The Pledge, and rightfully so. In my opinion though, The Crossing Guard is by far a better film. The fact that Penn had to wait until Mystic River to get his Oscar credit is a shame. This movie was overlooked.
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I'm renovating Dave Morse's 2nd for. Bath so I had to see him in a film with Jack NickelsonPublished 3 months ago by Kenneth Beeler
Sean Penn directed Jack Nicholson (as Freddy Gale), David Morse (as John Booth), Anjelica Huston (as Mary) in his own screenplay. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ugur Akinci
I started to watch the movie, but shortly into the movie all that was showing was almost nude girls doing there dance. I didn't get to far into the movie and I stopped watching it.Published 10 months ago by gloria
boring; poor story-line for JACK NICKELSON.....too bad he made this one !Published 13 months ago by SC
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