A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Monday, November 16, 2015
11/16/1995 The Crossing Guard is released
November 16, 1995. Sean Penn wrote and directed The Crossing Guard, a terrific little film released on this date. Freddy Gale (Jack Nicholson) is the father of a boy killed by a drunk driver. It wrecked him and his marriage to Mary (Angelica Huston). Now the driver, played by David Morse, sober and reformed, is getting out of prison. And Freddy can't live with that...
It could have been played slam-bang, but Penn and the terrific cast went for the gut not the spine.