Grand Canyon

1991

Grand Canyon

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Director Lawrence Kasdan's Grand Canyon is a gathering of random events, uniting the film's wildly divergent protagonists. Driving home from an LA Lakers game, Mack (Kevin Kline), an immigration attorney, is stranded in an unsavory part of town when his car breaks down. He is rescued from a gang of hoods by Simon (Danny Glover), an African-American tow truck driver, inaugurating a friendship between these two men. Mack offers to repay Simon's kindness by helping his sister (Tina Lifford) find an apartment in a better neighborhood, and by arranging a blind date between Simon and Jane (Alfre Woodard), a friend of Mack's secretary Dee (Mary Louise Parker). Woven into this fabric are the tribulations of Mack's best friend, a pompous exploitation movie producer (Steve Martin), who is later wounded in a robbery similar to the one threatening Mack at the beginning of the film; of Mack's wife Claire (Mary McDonnell), who adopts an abandoned baby, and disenfranchised son Roberto (Jeremy Sisto); and of Simon's nephew (Patrick Malone), who is contemplating joining a street gang. The title is symbolic, referring to the class-imposed chasms which would normally separate the characters. Kasdan co-wrote the screenplay with his wife Meg.

Cast

Jeremy Sisto
as Roberto
Tina Lifford
as Deborah
Randle Mell
as The Alley Baron
Candace Mead
as Claire's Baby
Loren Mead
as Claire's Baby
Shaun Baker
as Rocstar
Deon Sams
as Jimmy
Walt Jordan
as Deuce Cop
Carole Ita White
as Morning Nurse
Basil Wallace
as Insurance Salesman
Jack Kehler
as Steve Fox
Lynn Salvatori
as Woman in Baseball Cap
Jim Morange
as Bus Driver
Sharon Lee Jones
as Studio Girl
Ben Chaney
as Young Roberto
Ben McCreary
as Jackson
Jeanne Bates
as Mrs. Menken
Sam H. Ginsburg
as Mr. Menken
Brett A. Jones
as Window-Breaking Thug
Paul Short
as Myers's Partner
Willie C. Carpenter
as Simon's Friend
Hugh Ross
as Davis's Assistant
Edward G. Perez
as Carlos's 1st Friend
Clifton Collins Jr.
as Carlo's Second Friend
Hugh R. Ross
as Davis's Assistant
Anne Ward
as Davis's Assistant
Roxanne Kasdan
as Davis's Assistant
Cora Lee Day
as Woman in Car
John Ashby
as Woman's Driver
Jacqueline Alexandra
as 1st Forum Twin
Kristen Amber
as 2nd Forum Twin
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Critic Reviews for Grand Canyon

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Audience Reviews for Grand Canyon

  • Apr 07, 2012
    I really enjoyed this picture and a film like this (another being Crash) is what Americans need to see today. It made me learn more about people who are living in a heartless society, coping with near death experiences and split second discisons to act. America will always be plauged with race, class, gender and other issues (Capatalism at it's finest) but films like these is what's needed because it's a wake up call for the better. "Grand Canyon" isn't a film about certain types of class of people is more about breaking down barries and seeing life from a different angle with characters who happen to bump into each other and hopefully audiences will seem to care. Director Lawrence Kasdan's Grand Canyon is a gathering of random events, uniting the film's wildly divergent protagonists. Driving home from an LA Lakers game, Mack (Kevin Kline), an immigration attorney, is stranded in an unsavory part of town when his car breaks down. He is rescued from a gang of hoods by Simon (Danny Glover), an African-American tow truck driver, inaugurating a friendship between these two men. Mack offers to repay Simon's kindness by helping his sister (Tina Lifford) find an apartment in a better neighborhood, and by arranging a blind date between Simon and Jane (Alfre Woodard), a friend of Mack's secretary Dee (Mary Louise Parker). Woven into this fabric are the tribulations of Mack's best friend, a pompous exploitation movie producer (Steve Martin), who is later wounded in a robbery similar to the one threatening Mack at the beginning of the film; of Mack's wife Claire (Mary McDonnell), who adopts an abandoned baby, and disenfranchised son Roberto (Jeremy Sisto); and of Simon's nephew (Patrick Malone), who is contemplating joining a street gang.
    Brian R Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2010
    An uplifting drama from Larry Kasdan that takes a peek into the modern urban life, about the fear and confined spaces within which everyone's living. The plot revolves around six characters, each of them having trouble to get on with their daily lives, for several different reasons. As these lives serendipitously criss-cross each other, they're convinced eventually that there's hope at the end of the tunnel.
    Sajin P Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2010
    Almost like an unofficial prequel to Crash, but it really doesn't have the unique style or writing. It's pretty obvious that this was made to be an edgy race film and it almost has no purpose aside from that. A lot, if not all, of the characters are one-noted. It's good for a casual viewing in your high school classroom, but it is so unrealistic and negligent that it can't be taken seriously.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2009
    Givein this film 2 stars shows just how good of a person I really am, because this film SUCKS. Ahh I feel better now. Look if you caught the meaning of this film, there is help out there for you. The very best part of this film was the preview I saw of it on another DVD, where Danny Glover saves a white mans ass from becoming gutter food for rats in LA. After that it falls even farther into the gutter then the waste itself from the rat. I can only warn my friends to find something else to do for 1 1/2 hrs like swat flies or something as meaningful, cause if meanful is what your after its not to be found in this film. Oh I want to hit 1 star if I spend much more time thinking about this movie, ahhh 1/2 star is now coming to mind, Runnnnnnnn
    Bruce B Super Reviewer

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