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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

So, how's business?


You know, it's a little jewelry store.

What can I say?

It's business.

What about you?

You still doin' the real estate?

Well, it's a tough market

right now.

I'm still representing

some properties.

But Roger's been doing so well, I've been able

to back off some. Spend more time with the kids.

Oh, well, wonderful.

That's, uh, yeah-

That's, uh, really wonderful.



Mary, there's, uh, something

that you should know.

It's the reason

I came here.

- Freddy-

- I've got something I wanna tell you.

You made me a promise.

I hope you're gonna keep it.

Two things:

I made you a promise. That's one.

And I have great news.

That's two.

Now, you gonna let me speak

or not?

I'm sorry.

What's your great news?

It's really great news.

I mean, spectacular news.

- I'm tellin' ya. You wanna

hear it or not? - Mm-hmm.

- Are you sure?

- Yes.

- Are you ready?

- Yes.

He's out.

John Booth is out.

I'm gonna kill him.

Get out of here, Freddy.

I'm not goin' anywhere until I see you

courageous enough to tell the truth.

The truth?

What truth, Freddy?

- You promised you wouldn't.

- Wouldn't? Wouldn't what, Mary?

- Mention our daughter? Why? Because you'd blackmail me?

- Blackmail?

If I ever, ever want to speak

to the mother of my children,

I must never mention

my daughter!

- Get out of our house!

- This is my house.

By any natural law,

this is my house!

If my children live here,

my children,

then who's to say that I can't come here

to see 'em any f***in' time I want to?

- You had to do it, huh?

- Nobody's talkin' to you!

- You want me to call the police?

- Call whoever the f*** you want.

Where do you get off calling them your children?

You haven't been a father to those kids.

- You stopped with our daughter.

- Emily is her name.

Yes, Emily. Emily!

And she is dead.

But I owe those two little boys

up there all the love I've got.

And it kills you that I can

give it to them and that you can't!

Freddy, I want you

to leave our home-

- Tell the truth, Mary. You want me to kill John Booth!

- Let go of him!

That's my job in life, and your job is

to go on as though nothing happened!

- Let go of him!

- Freddy!

Freddy, why don't you let me go?

I'll make us some coffee.

Come on.

Coffee. Good.

I'd like some coffee.

Why don't we all just sit down, have

some coffee and talk about this civilly?

Come on.

You know what?

I don't want any coffee.


I don't like coffee at all.

It makes my heart-

- You just said you wanted coffee.

- No.

You sure?

Yes. Uh... no.

I'm gonna go.

I feel good.

- He just showed up at the door.

I didn't- - Jesus, God, Roger.

I just want to say this.

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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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