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Crossing the Line (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 10 August 2007 (USA)
A British documentary about US Army defector James Dresnok currently living in North Korea after having defected during the 60s.

Director:

Daniel Gordon

Writer:

Daniel Gordon
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Cast

Credited cast:
Damion Cruzz Damion Cruzz ... Juan
Bruce Cumings Bruce Cumings ... Himself
James Joseph Dresnok James Joseph Dresnok ... Himself (as James Dresnok)
Kim Il-Sung ... Himself (archive footage) (as Kim Il-Sung)
Charles Robert Jenkins Charles Robert Jenkins ... Himself
Siham Shrieteh Siham Shrieteh ... Herself (Parrish's wife)
Christian Slater ... Narrator (voice)
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A British documentary about US Army defector James Dresnok currently living in North Korea after having defected during the 60s.

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Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

10 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Przekroczyc granice See more »

Filming Locations:

Pyongyang, North Korea

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,605, 12 August 2007

Gross USA:

$9,258

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,429
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[Dresnok and a friend converse while fishing]
Fisherman: If you only have sons, they must get into a lot of mischief.
James Dresnok: Oh, don't even talk about it. They're like cats and dogs!
[they laugh]
Fisherman: Where does the twenty-two year old go?
James Dresnok: The Foreign Studies Institute.
Fisherman: What language is he learning?
James Dresnok: English.
Fisherman: [pause] You don't seem to enjoy fishing.
James Dresnok: Oh, well... I don't know. If not... this is just to pass the time.
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Harrowing Portrait
14 February 2009 | by valis1949See all my reviews

In my experience, the best bio-pics are those in which I identify, or at the very least, sympathize with the subject of the film. CROSSING THE LINE is the very opposite of this. James Dresnok is a most reprehensible character. His decision to defect has little or nothing to do with the large moral defects in his character. He comes across as a thug and a bully. I suppose one could overlook some of this due to his unfortunate background, however many have had personal histories such as this, and not sunk to his tragic fate. The excessive smoking and drinking almost seem like a personal vendetta by his 'better' self against the 'evil' that is in him. He is really in the process of self-destruction, and rightly so. In spite of this, however, I think that CROSSING THE LINE is a fine film. After viewing the movie, I could not empathize with Dresnok, or even make a case as to why he took the path that he did. But, Daniel Gordon did a superior job illuminating this disreputable individual. We are allowed to see this man 'warts and all', and the film-maker goes out of his way to be evenhanded. It would have been so easy, and probably tempting, to just cast Dresnok as a two-bit villain.


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