The Crossing Guard

Synopsis: After his daughter died in a hit and run, Freddy Gale has waited six years for John Booth, the man responsible, to be released from prison. On the day of release, Gale visits Booth and announces that he will kill him in one week. Booth uses his time to try and make peace with himself and his entourage, and even finds romance. Gale, whose life is spiralling down because of his obsession towards Booth, will bring himself on the very edge of sanity. At the end of the week, both men will find themselves on a collision course with each other.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Sean Penn
Production: Miramax
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

To lose

an 18-year-old brother.

He didn't get a chance to graduate

from high school. It was a blow.

It destroyed me.

It made me feel like-

I was afraid

to love anybody.

I was really afraid

to let people get close to me.

I felt

if I loved somebody,

deeply, you know,

like I do my family,

they would be taken away.

I said, "Where'd you learn

to do that?"

She said, "Practicing on

an old flame since I was 16."

Look at this guy here. He's lookin' at

me and beatin' his meat. I like that.

There she is. Right?

Miss America, 1912.


Let's hear it for Ina.

Comes here every night,

huh, sweetie?


Let me have a kiss.

Bring out the broads!

Let me at him!

Let me at him!

Somebody throw a net

over this broad.

Did you see him kiss

that fat f***er?


I'll always know him as 18.

He, uh-

He was killed by a drunk driver just

a month before he was to graduate.


It's hard when you have

two policemen come in and say,

"Your daughter's dead. "

I op- I opened the door

and I saw 'em standing there,

and I said,

"Mandy's dead, isn't she?"

A mom knows.

All right!

Freddy, he's comin' over here.

You better slide in... a lot.

- He needs half a booth.

- Sunny. How ya doin', Sunny? Everything good?

How 'bout that?

How'd you like to spank it?

- Nice!

- Oh, yeah! But softly.

- Sunny, you had to spank that, right?

- Nice.

My wife,

you know Joan.

We got a step-down living room.

It's like two steps down.

So the b*tch don't wanna walk.

She wants me to raise it.

She don't wanna walk down

two steps.

I still have to get over that.

It's something that...

- you have to work with on a daily basis.

- it's not gonna come back.

It's just something of- It's yours.

It's like your body lost...

something inside,

something of yourself.

I miss me.

I miss... me.

It's over five years now,


I look in the mirror,

"Where's Bobby?"

I don't know.

My family drives me

up the f***in' wall.

I mean, they, I guess they still,

they still think I'm me, Bobby.

But... they joke about it.

They call me...

sibling number three, all right?

And... it's like a nickname

for Bobby depressed.

It was my older brother Danny

that we lost.


he was sibling number one.


they, th-they didn't-

Did they forget?

I don't know.

I'm gone!


I miss me.


that's it.

Who's runnin'

this f***in' show?

- You oughta go.

- What?


- You should go.

- Okay, yeah. I'm gonna go.

Um... Freddy,

can I use your shower?

Help yourself.

# Woke up this mornin' #

# There was a chill in the air #

# Went into the kitchen

My cigarettes were lyin' there #

# Jacket hung on the chair

the way I left it last night #

# Everything was in place

Everything seemed all right #

# But you were missin' #

# Missing #

# Missing #

# Last night I dreamed

the sky went black #

# You were drifting down

Couldn't get back #

# Lost in trouble

so far from home #

# I reached for you

My arms were like stone #

# Woke and I'm missin' you #

# Missin' you #

# Missing #

# Oh #

# Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah ##


It's five after 10:00. I got a window

display of gray felt. What's goin' on?

Mr. Gale, you took all the vault keys

home last night.

- For f*** sakes.

- I think...

it would be wonderful to put emerald

pieces in front of the diamonds.

I trust your preference

in stones, Jefferey, but...

I'm very busy,

you know what I mean?

All the time,

I'm very busy.

So, uh, think ahead

a little bit.

I'm walkin' out the door,

you're closin' up,

you don't have the vault keys

in your pocket, stop me.

Yes, sir.

Emeralds in the front.


What's so funny?

What are you

laughing at?

Ah, it's been

six f***ing years!

I mean, I have my son here.

Can't I be happy?

I've never heard

that word out of your mouth.

And in front of John.


I've been in prison.

Don't make excuses for him. Listen, do

you still have that little TV I sent you?

- Yeah. It's in the box.

- Oh, good, because...

I'm cleaning out the trailer for you

if you want some privacy.

Oh, yeah.

That'd be great.

- Or you could stay in your own room.

- No, no, no. Trailer's great.

Because that's

a good f***ing TV.

Oh, my God!


How's it goin'?


Good to see you.

Come in.

Uh, can I get you

something to drink?

- Phil, yeah. Let me call you back in five minutes.

- No, I'm fine.

All right. Thank you.

I'm sorry?

Uh, no, thank you.

Emily really loved

this thing.

We used to keep it

over there on the counter.

Stretch her whole body out

trying to reach it.

Last joint

on her little finger.


N- Nothin'.

Come in.

Sit down, Freddy.

Boy. Tch.

You really look like a natural family.

You could be their father.

Thank you, Freddy.

Spectacular looking family,


Um, what can I, uh,

do for you?

I really came to see Mary.

Oh. Well, I don't mean to be

nosy, Freddy, but what about?

Well, I'd really rather

talk to Mary about that.


Well, well, well.

- Um, you sure I can't get you something to drink?

- No, I'm fine.

- Anyway, I think they're here.

- Oh, yeah.

Hold on, guys.

Hold on.

- Hi, Dad!

- Hi, guys.

- Hi, Freddy.

- Hi, darling.

- We've got a visitor.

- Come on, Dad.


look at this.

My own kids

call me Freddy.

- You look wonderful.

- Wonderful, I think, would be pushing it.

No, you do.

You look wonderful.

Thank you.

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Sean Penn

Sean Justin Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has won two Academy Awards, for his roles in the mystery drama Mystic River (2003) and the biopic Milk (2008). Penn began his acting career in television with a brief appearance in episode 112 of Little House on the Prairie (December 4, 1974), directed by his father Leo Penn. Following his film debut in the drama Taps (1981) and a diverse range of film roles in the 1980s, including Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Penn garnered critical attention for his roles in the crime dramas At Close Range (1986), State of Grace (1990), and Carlito's Way (1993). He became known as a prominent leading actor with the drama Dead Man Walking (1995), for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination and the Best Actor Award at the Berlin Film Festival. Penn received another two Oscar nominations for Woody Allen's comedy-drama Sweet and Lowdown (1999) and the drama I Am Sam (2001), before winning his first Academy Award for Best Actor in 2003 for Mystic River and a second one in 2008 for Milk. He has also won a Best Actor Award of the Cannes Film Festival for the Nick Cassavetes-directed She's So Lovely (1997), and two Best Actor Awards at the Venice Film Festival for the indie film Hurlyburly (1998) and the drama 21 Grams (2003). Penn made his feature film directorial debut with The Indian Runner (1991), followed by the drama film The Crossing Guard (1995) and the mystery film The Pledge (2001). Penn directed one of the 11 segments of 11'09"01 September 11 (2002), a compilation film made in response to the September 11 attacks. His fourth feature film, the biographical drama survival movie Into the Wild (2007), garnered critical acclaim and two Academy Award nominations. In addition to his film work, Penn engages in political and social activism, including his criticism of the George W. Bush administration, his contact with the Presidents of Cuba and Venezuela, and his humanitarian work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (2005) and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. more…

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