Grand Canyon (1991)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

USA, 1991.   Twentieth Century Fox.   Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan, .   Cinematography by .   Produced by , Lawrence Kasdan, .   Music by .   Production Design by .   Costume Design by .   Film Editing by .   

Eight years after Lawrence Kasdan caught the world’s attention with The Big Chill, he provides another tasteful and intelligent examination of a group of thirtysomething characters. Kevin Kline opens the film in a riveting sequence that has his car die in the middle of a troubled neighbourhood until a stranger () helps him out.  Their friendship becomes the spine of the story, one that opens up to examine other characters involved in their lives including Kline’s wife (masterfully played by Mary McDonnell) and his assistant and sometimes mistress (). Also starring and Alfre Woodard, this isn’t a film for all tastes but it definitely leaves an impression.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Original Screenplay

Berlin Film Festival Award:  Golden Bear

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Screenplay

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