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The Crossing Guard Details


Sean Penn wrote and directed this tale of loss, guilt, and revenge. The daughter of Freddy and Mary Gale (Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston) was killed by a drunk driver, John Booth (David Morse). The death of their child took a heavy toll on the Gales; their marriage broke up, and, while Mary has remarried and attempted to put her life back together, Freddy has become an embittered alcoholic, seething with directionless rage and searching for a purpose in life. Freddy intends to kill Booth as soon as he's released from prison, as he believes that jail was not a severe enough punishment for his daughter's death. But Freddy discovers that Booth is still wracked with guilt for his crime and can barely live with himself. He tells Booth that he has three days left to live; Booth tries to find solace in the arms of artist Jojo (Robin Wright), while Freddy continues to wallow in alcohol and self-pity at a strip club. The Crossing Guard also features an original song by Bruce Springsteen; Penn's previous directorial outing, The Indian Runner, was loosely based on a Springsteen song from his album {^Nebraska}. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 15, 1995


Awarded by
Screen Actors Guild Anjelica Huston Best Supporting Actress 1995 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Anjelica Huston Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1995 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards David Morse Best Supporting Actor 1995 Nominee


Jack Nicholson
as Freddy Gale
David Morse
as John Booth
Anjelica Huston
as Mary
Robin Wright
as Jojo
Piper Laurie
as Helen Booth
Richard Bradford
as John Booth's father
Angie Dickinson
Eileen Ryan
as Woman in Shop
John Savage
as Bobby
Lindsay Wagner
Joe Viterelli
as Joe at Bar
Kari Wuhrer
as Mia
Jennifer Leigh Warren
as Jennifer
Kellita Smith
as Tanya
Priscilla Barnes
as Verna
Robbie Robertson
as Roger
Bobby Cooper
as Coop
Lisa Crawford
as Cop
Elizabeth Gilliam
as Little Asian Girl
Erin Dignam
as Peter's Guest 1
Leo Penn
Buddy Anderson
as Buddy
Nicky Blair
as Himself
David Baerwald
as Peter
Millicent Sheridan
as Dancer
Jay Koiwai
as Asian Man
Richard Sarafian
as Sunny Ventura
Joseph Bottoms
Matthew Ryan
as Twin Boy
Jeremiah Birkett
as Jefferey's Boyfriend
Gene Kirkwood
as Swinger
Karen Medak
Jason Kristofer
as Bus Passenger
Jeff Morris
as Silas
Hadda Brooks
as Piano Player


Sean Penn
Sean Penn
David Shamroy Hamburger
Sean Penn
Vilmos Zsigmond
Bruce Springsteen
Composer (Music Score)
Jack Nitzsche
Jack Nitzsche
Composer (Music Score)
Richard N. Gladstein
Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Jill M. Ohanneson
Costume Designer
Per Hallberg
Sound/Sound Designer
Mario Roberts
Don Phillips