- Fearless (1993 film)
name = Fearless
caption = Theatrical release poster
based on his novel
Jeff Bridges Isabella Rossellini Rosie Perez Tom Hulce Benicio del Toro John Turturro
editing = Lee Smith
October 15, 1993
runtime = 122 min.
language = English
imdb_id = 0106881
"Fearless" is a 1993 film directed by
Peter Weirand written by Rafael Yglesiasfrom his novel of the same name. It was shot entirely in California. Rosie Perezwas nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actressfor her role as Carla Rodrigo. She lost to Anna Paquinfor " The Piano". Jeff Bridges role as Max Klein is widely regarded as one of the best performances of his career. The film's soundtrack features part of the first movement of Henryk Górecki's Symphony No. 3, subtitled Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.
Max Klein is a survivor of a plane crash. Many die, including his business partner. The trauma transforms his entire life. He enters an altered state of consciousness; soon after the crash he even thinks he is dead, and begins rethinking life, death, God, and the afterlife. Existential questions start to preoccupy his life. He moves away from his wife, son, and friends but, encouraged by an aircraft company psychiatrist, he tries to break the depression and apathy of another survivor, Carla Rodrigo, who lost her baby son during the flight. Eventually Max's increasingly dramatic attempts at pushing the boundaries between life and death succeed in jolting Carla from her uncertain state. However, after parting company with Carla, Max remains preoccupied, which endangers his relationship with his wife and son. Max has another, more serious near-death experience after eating strawberries, to which he has a severe allergic reaction. He survives and (it is implied) he recovers his emotional connection to his family and the world.
The doomed flight in the movie bears many resemblances with the real-life crash landing of
United Airlines Flight 232in 1989:
*The plane suffered a failure in the hydraulics system, following an engine explosion.
*The crew attempted an emergency landing, and many of the passengers and crew survived.
*A man receives media coverage for saving the life of a small child who is supposed to be a real-life survivor. This child, in real life was
Spencer Bailey. In real life, the man was Lt. Colonel Dennis Nielsen.
*The plane skids into a cornfield.
* [http://www.maximonline.com/Entertainment/Fearless/slideshow/3176/208.aspx "Fearless" Clip] plane crash scene
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