The Crossing Guard (1995)

SEAN PENN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1995.  Miramax.  Screenplay by Sean Penn. Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Powerful drama from director Sean Penn about a grieving father (Jack Nicholson) who is caught in a moral dilemma when the man responsible for his daughter’s death () in a drunk driving accident is about to be released from jail. Anjelica Huston is fantastic as Nicholson’s ex-wife, who was driven away from her husband by their inability to communicate through their grief, and there’s also a small but effective performance by (Penn’s wife) as Morse’s kindhearted girlfriend. Excellent character work, sometimes at the cost of the plot’s forward movement, but powerful nonetheless.

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Supporting Actress (Anjelica Huston)

Toronto International Film Festival:  1995

Venice Film Festival:  In Competition

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