Combustible Celluloid
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With: Jeff Bridges, Isabella Rossellini, Rosie Perez, Tom Hulce, John Turturro, Benicio Del Toro, Deirdre O'Connell, John de Lancie
Written by: Rafael Yglesias, based on his novel
Directed by: Peter Weir
MPAA Rating: R for language and airplane crash realism
Running Time: 122
Date: 10/15/1993

Fearless (1993)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Plane Crazy

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Directed by Peter Weir, Fearless is shattering, powerful, and inspiring. It's a great film that never received as much notice as it deserved. I only saw it once, but it has remained vivid in my memory. Jeff Bridges plays Max Klein, a San Franciscan who survives a plane crash and goes through a phase in which he believes he should defy death as much as possible, tempting fate at the Wharf and on the rooftops in the financial district. Rosie Perez was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as Carla Rodrigo, a young mother who lost her child in the same crash. In one of the most powerful scenes, Max uses a car and a toolbox to demonstrate to Carla that she could not have possibly saved her child, no matter how tight she hung on. Isabella Rossellini co-stars as Max's wife. Rafael Yglesias wrote the screenplay, adapting his own novel.

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