Fearless

1993

Fearless

Critics Consensus

This underrated gem from director Peter Weir features an outstanding performance from Jeff Bridges as a man dealing with profound grief.

87%

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Reviews Counted: 38

79%
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Audience Score

User Ratings: 12,348

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Reviews Count: 0
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79%
Average Rating: 3.6/5

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Adapted by screenwriter Rafael Yglesias from his own novel, Fearless explores the complex struggle back to mental health of post-traumatic stress disorder victim Max Klein (Jeff Bridges). One of few survivors of a fatal plane crash, Klein remains calm and assists other survivors out of the burning debris, earning praise as a hero by the media. After stoically departing the tragedy without a word to emergency officials, Max returns home with detached feelings towards his wife (Isabella Rossellini) and son, along with a bizarre, seemingly authentic belief that he is now impervious to harm. Bill Perlman (John Turturro), a psychiatrist for the airline, fails to reach Max about his newfound fearlessness, but asks for his help in aiding Carla (Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Rosie Perez), a fellow crash survivor filled with grief and guilt over the loss of her baby. In one of his earlier roles, Benicio del Toro plays a small part as Carla's boyfriend.

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Cast

Jeff Bridges
as Max Klein
Rosie Perez
as Carla Rodrigo
Tom Hulce
as Brillstein
John Turturro
as Bill Perlman
Benicio Del Toro
as Manny Rodrigo
John De Lancie
as Jeff Gordon
Spencer Vrooman
as Jonah Klein
Daniel Cerny
as Byron Hummel
Eve Roberts
as Gail Klein
Debra Monk
as Alison
Cynthia Mace
as Cindy Dickens
Randle Mell
as Peter Hummel
Kathryn Rossetter
as Jennifer Hummel
Kathy Rossetter
as Jennifer Hummel
Craig Rovere
as 1st FBI Agent
Doug Ballard
as 2nd FBI Agent
Molly Cleator
as IHOP Waitress
Rance Howard
as Bald Cabby
Schylar Gholson
as Sam Gordon
Trevor Gholson
as Benjamin Gordon
Anne Kerry Ford
as Mother of Baby
Michael Mulholland
as Red Cross Volunteer
Cliff Gober Jr.
as Paramedic
Don Amendolia
as Male Survivor
Rondi Reed
as Woman Survivor
Elsa Raven
as Grey Haired Lady
Steven Culp
as Emergency Doctor
William Newman
as Elderly Man
John Towey
as Wilkenson
Cordis Heard
as Flight Attendant
David Carpenter
as Young Man in Group
Kevin Brophy
as TV Reporter
Ryan Tomlinson
as Jonah's Friend
Joan Murphy
as Ice Cream Mom
Eric Menyuk
as Sears Salesman
Suzanne Q. Burdeau
as Danielle's Mother
Richard Blum
as Passenger #1
Robert "Bobby Z" Zajonc
as helicoptor pilot
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Critic Reviews for Fearless

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (9)

Fearless is the rare commercial movie that raises more questions than it answers. You leave it in an altered state yourself--moved, not quite satisfied, but certain you've seen something out of the ordinary.

Nov 4, 2008 | Full Review…
Newsweek
Top Critic

Bridges is fine, especially in the ethereal early moments, and manages throughout to convey an altered state of mind that rivets the viewer.

Oct 16, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

As often with Weir, there's considerably less here than meets the eye.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Bridges does well with a difficult role.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

There are times when "Fearless" really soars, thanks to bouts of good writing by Rafael Yglesias and direction by Peter Weir and a stellar performance by Bridges.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Bridges turns in another in what has become an astoundingly long list of brilliant performances. Using the simplest means imaginable, he steps into a role as nonchalantly as he might slip into his trousers.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fearless

Jeff Bridges shines in this layered and intense character study.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

½

Great central performance by Bridges. It's a shame this hasn't gotten a proper DVD release. It's a TRAVESTY that's it's only available in pan & scan.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

½

Really this movie is at 86%? I had to watch it in psych class the other day, and I thought it was prettyyy boring. I also wasn't really paying attention either. Movies like this don't interest me.

Japes .
Japes .

Super Reviewer

"Some people are afraid of nothing." A man's personality is dramatically changed after surviving a major airline crash.

REVIEW
Powerful and inspirational depiction of the human spirit's quest for closure. After surviving a terrible airplane crash, Max Klein (Bridges in arguably the performance of his career) finds himself in a state of near nirvana as he assumes he's untouchable in the realm of death, until he learns of another survivor (Rosie Perez in her Oscar-nominated poignant role), nearly catatonic due to the death of her infant in the aftermath. Ethereal and genuinely moving with some unexpecting moments of humor and unabashed honesty. Features one of the more realistic airplane crashes in film history and a hypnotic score. Excellent direction by Peter Weir and screenplay adaptation by Rafael Yglesias based on his novel. Memorable scene: Car test with U2 on the soundtrack. Hypnotic.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

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