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Grand Canyon (1991)

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The fates of several people are intertwining randomly. Their sympathy of each other faces multiple differences in their lifestyles.

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Lawrence Kasdan
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Glover ... Simon
Kevin Kline ... Mack
Steve Martin ... Davis
Mary McDonnell ... Claire
Mary-Louise Parker ... Dee
Alfre Woodard ... Jane
Jeremy Sisto ... Roberto
Tina Lifford ... Deborah
Patrick Malone ... Otis
Randle Mell ... The Alley Baron
Sarah Trigger ... Vanessa
Destinee DeWalt Destinee DeWalt ... Kelley
Candace Mead Candace Mead ... Claire's Baby
Lauren Mead Lauren Mead ... Claire's Baby (as Loren Mead)
Shaun Baker ... Rocstar
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Storyline

Grand Canyon revolved around six residents from different backgrounds whose lives intertwine in modern-day Los Angeles. At the center of the film is the unlikely friendship of two men from different races and classes brought together when one finds himself in jeopardy in the other's rough neighborhood. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

In the 1980's, director Lawrence Kasdan brought you "The Big Chill". Welcome to the 90's. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El corazón de la ciudad See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,546, 29 December 1991

Gross USA:

$33,243,020

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,991,329
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Two movie posters for this film boasted two taglines that referenced The Big Chill (1983): (1) "From the director of The Big Chill. A story of friendship and other natural wonders." and (2) "In the 1980s, director Lawrence Kasdan brought you The Big Chill. Welcome to the 90s." Both pictures featured Kevin Kline, and were Oscar nominated for Best Original Screenplay. The voice-over in the main trailer for Grand Canyon (1991) states the picture is "From Lawrence Kasdan, creator of The Big Chill (1983). See more »

Goofs

During Mack and Simon's breakfast scene, the position of the napkin holder, ketchup, and sugar change during the scene. The sugar level in the shaker changes from 3/4 full to full and back to 3/4 full. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Davis: You know what your problem is? You're always talking about X. But you're thinking about Y. You gotta learn to talk about Y. Forget about X. X is gonna take care of itself.
Mack: What are you talking about?
Davis: I'm just asking you to hear yourself. Listen to what you're really saying and under what you really saying: control, control, control. When are you gonna realise nothing can be controlled? We live in chaos. It's the central issue in everyone's life. Mack, look around you. Everyone in ...
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Lawyers, Guns and Money
Written and Performed by Warren Zevon
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Metaphorical Masterpiece
16 December 2000 | by howiewinsSee all my reviews

Lawrence Kasdan has always assembled fantastic casts to deliver his creative and thought-provoking screenplays about contemporary life in America. From the classic "Big Chill", to the more recently understated comedy "Mumford", it is plain to see that Kasdan is much, much more than just the screenwriter of two "Star Wars" movies. With "Grand Canyon" Kasdan shows us a frightening, realistic story laced with humor and humanity about finding small miracles within the lives that we lead, instead of looking for greater ones. Kevin Kline and Danny Glover notable performances in their careers. Steve Martin plays it dramatic effectively, but being Martin, must inject humor here and there. Mary McDonnell, Mary-Louise Parker, and Alfre Woodard give strong support as well. "Grand Canyon" is one of the finest films released in 1991, and though it received an Academy Award nomination for Original Screenplay, it seemed to be unjustly passed over. Though over two hours long and filled with only dialogue, "Grand Canyon" is a must-see motion picture, if you appreciate intelligent, provoking and metaphorical writing, proving points in subtle humanity instead of exploding effects.


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