Crossing Guard (1995)10K
Crossing Guard: Directed by Sean Penn. With Jack Nicholson, David Morse, Anjelica Huston, Robin Wright. Freddy Gale is a seedy jeweller who has sworn to kill the drunk driver who killed his little girl.
“I puzzle at those reviewers criticizing this film, which to my mind is a tour de force. Of course, I do volunteer work with dying folks and help train aspiring grief counselors to deal with the traumas that life all too often brings us. I can only assume that those who so quickly dismiss this powerful meditation on grief and remorse have yet to experience these real life emotions. Something by Schwarzenegger may be more to their taste, or one of the ubiquitous comic book recreations we encounter most summers with cardboard characters and pseudo emotions.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eSean 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. Iu0026#39;m reminded of the more recent Mystic River for which Sean Penn received an Academy award for best actor, a movie that explores equally traumatizing events. It was heartening to watch the joy with which this award was greeted by his fellow professionals who have long acknowledged this manu0026#39;s genius both in front of and behind the camera. This movie deserves a much wider audience of discriminating movie viewers.”