Crisscross


1h 41m 1992
Crisscross

Brief Synopsis

A single mother, abandoned by her husband after his return from Vietnam, tries to raise her son alone under difficult circumstances.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Release Date
1992
Distribution Company
METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. (MGM )
Location
Key West, Florida, USA; Miami, Florida, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m

Synopsis

A single mother, abandoned by her husband after his return from Vietnam, tries to raise her son alone under difficult circumstances.

Crew

Peter Afterman

Music Supervisor

Philip Alton

Assistant Sound Editor

Ricardo Alvarez

Boom Operator

Mitchell Amundsen

Camera Operator

Byron Atkinson

Song

John Balling

Other

John Bateman

Foley Mixer

Alison Benizio

Consultant

Michael A Benson

Camera Operator

Andrew Bernhard

Song

Will A Brantley

On-Set Dresser

Geoff R. Brown

Assistant Sound Editor

Benjamin Bruce

Other

Jack Brymer

Music

Michael Burton

Other

Lieutenant Bruce Bushong

Thanks

John Byrne

Song

Denny Caira

Transportation Coordinator

Joseph A Campayno

Makeup Assistant

Daniel Allen Carlin

Music Editor

Deborah Carter

Post-Production Coordinator

Roy Chaney

Song

Ed Collins

Carpenter

David A Cook

Electrician

Diane Cornelius

Costumes

Larry W Crenshaw

Transportation Co-Captain

Bob Crewe

Song

Guy Dagul

Original Music

Mary G Daley

Assistant

Richard Dean

Makeup Artist

Dylan Del Guercio

Production Assistant

Elizabeth Dela Cruz

Researcher

James Donahue

Lighting Technician

Stephen P Durante

Swing Gang

Julie Duvic

Location Manager

Mike Eden

Thanks

Patrice Ellison

Other

Ken Ellner

Song

John Elton

Camera Operator

Lieutenant Dave Emich

Thanks

Edward England

Construction Coordinator

Lieutenant Commander Steve Estes

Thanks

Steve Farmer

Song

William R. Finnegan

Unit Production Manager

William R. Finnegan

Executive Producer

Ann Foley

Wardrobe Assistant

Robin Forman

Coproducer

John Fred

Song

George Fuller

Other

Michael Gall

Electrician

Angie Giles

Song Performer

Michelle Gilliam

Song

Jon Glafcke

Projectionist

Rodney Glenn

Sound Editor

Elana Golden

Script Supervisor

Nancy A Gomes

Scenic Artist

Patrick Gomes

Scenic Artist

Jose Gonzales

Other

John R Gordon

Carpenter

Peter Green

Song

Charles Guanci

Props Assistant

R Colette Hailey

Location Manager

Thomas Hicks

Carpenter

Derek Holding

Dialogue Editor

Joseph Hooven

Song

Deloris Horn

Assistant

Denise Jackson

Other

Lisa Jensen

Costume Designer

Enotris Johnson

Song

Lieutenant Steve Johnson

Thanks

Trevor Jones

Song

Trevor Jones

Music

Trevor Jones

Original Music

Dan Karlok

Electrician

Marc H Katz

Craft Service

John Kay

Song

Liz Keigley

Location Casting

B. B. King

Song

B. B. King

Song Performer

Roger King

Music

Thomas Kittle

Carpenter

Cmdr. Andy Koss (flash)

Thanks

Ken Kraft

Consultant

Jim Ladd

Executive Consultant

Patti Lancaster

Production Coordinator

Joyce M Lark

Transportation Captain

Tony Lawson

Editor

Dayna Lee

Art Director

Robert Leitelt

Grip

Gerry Leonard

Music

Dominic Lester

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Little Richard

Song

James Long

Carpenter

Barry T Lopez

Grip

Keith Lowes

Foley Editor

Anthony J Lullo

Foreman

Zeph Makgetla

Video Assist/Playback

Tina Mangum-lutz

Casting

Willie Mann

Dolly Grip

Cherylanne Martin

Assistant Director

William C. Mcconnell Jr.

Production Assistant

William M. Mcconnell

Assistant Camera Operator

Dollar Bill Mccord

Grip

Jeronimo Arturo Mendez

Other

Caleb Menges

Production Assistant

Luke Menges

Apprentice

Oona Menges

Assistant Camera Operator

Sonny Merritt

Assistant Production Coordinator

John Michalski

Song

Allison Millican

Production Assistant

Mike Moad

Dolly Grip

Leslie Morales

Set Decorator

Mike Moran

Music Arranger

Rushton Morene

Song

Al Mouradian

Other

Deana Newcomb

Photography

Ted Nugent

Song

Robin O'donoghue

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Charlene Olson

Assistant Editor

Hiram Ortiz

Hair Stylist

Tyler Osman

Carpenter

Michael Papadopoulos

Electrician

George Parra

Assistant Director

Greg Patterson

Electrician

Sarah Peddie

Assistant Editor

Les Percy

Key Grip

Marsha Perloff

Wardrobe Supervisor

Glenn Perrow

Production Assistant

John Phillips

Song

Wilson Pickett

Song Performer

Cynthia Rebman

Assistant Property Master

Bonnie Rice

Song

Robert C Romanus

Production Assistant

Bill Rose

Accounting Assistant

Roberta Rose

Production Accountant

Tracy Rosenthal

Assistant Director

David Rubin

Casting

Ronald Russom

Swing Gang

Lata Ryan

Production Supervisor

Mitch Ryder

Song Performer

Crispian Sallis

Production Designer

Wayne Schneiderman

Electrician

Trey Scott

Carpenter

Victoria Seale

Song

Victoria Seale

Music Coordinator

Amy Shaff

On-Set Dresser

Dean Shapiro

Production Assistant

Andy Sheppard

Music

Todd Michael Short

Grip

Alfred Smith

Song

Dawn Soler

Music

Scott Sommer

Source Material (From Novel)

Scott Sommer

Screenplay

Joel Sooby

Casting Associate

Michael Stevens

Transportation Captain

Ivan Strasburg

Director Of Photography

Lieutenant Tom Sullivan

Thanks

Todd Swofford

Special Thanks To

Anthea Sylbert

Producer

Jules Taub

Song

Tom Taylor

Assistant Camera Operator

Edward Tise

Sound Mixer

Robert K Ulland

Steadicam Operator

Warner Wacha

Assistant Camera Operator

Jonathan M. Watson

Production Assistant

Chris Webb

Location Assistant

Diane De Louise Wessel

Music Supervisor

John Williams

Solo Guitar

Jerry Winn

Song

Gregory Wolf

Property Master

Brenton Wood

Song Performer

Johnny Young

Song Performer

Johnny Young

Song

Debra Zane

Casting Associate

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Release Date
1992
Distribution Company
METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. (MGM )
Location
Key West, Florida, USA; Miami, Florida, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m

Articles

CrissCross -


English filmmaker Chris Menges won Best Cinematography Academy Awards for The Killing Fields (1984) and The Mission (1986). His cinematography also netted him two more Academy Award nominations later on for his work on Michael Collins (1996) and The Reader (2008). Between those years, he also got in the director's chair to work on theatrical feature films, including A World Apart (1988), which won multiple prizes at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. That was followed by CrissCross (shot in 1990 and released in 1992). Set in Key West, Florida, circa 1969, CrissCross places a 12-year-old and his financially strapped mother in the foreground while in the background the drama of the Apollo 11 moon landing unfolds via local news outlets.

The film's title is a play on the name of the child protagonist, Chris Cross (played by David Arnott). Chris is doing the best he can with an array of odd jobs to supplant his mother's meager wages. Tracy Cross (Goldie Hawn) has been abandoned by her husband (Keith Carradine), a Navy fighter pilot who was left mentally scarred by war atrocities he committed in Vietnam. Tracy dreams of being able to provide a modest home for herself and her son, but she's already working days in a restaurant and nights in a strip club and between that and whatever money Chris is able to scrounge up, be it from a paper route or pool cleaning, the best they can afford is a seedy hotel room. Then one day during one of Chris's odd jobs picking up fish from a shrimper to take back to the hotel restaurant, he discovers packaged cocaine stuffed inside the fish. Chris is a good kid and he's a bit naïve, but soon he concocts a money-making scheme that he hopes will jettison him and his mother out of their dismal orbit and on to a better flight path.

It's only a coincidence that CrissCross is set in the same year that Goldie Hawn won an Academy Award for her performance in Cactus Flower (1969). She'd already been famous for a few years before that and remained a big star for decades to come. More noteworthy is the fact that during the same year that Bird on a Wire (1990) was released (a film Hawn starred in with Mel Gibson that was a critical dud yet still went on to gross over $138 million dollars worldwide) she was working on CrissCross: a film in which she got to flex her dramatic muscles in a way that showed nuance and deeper layers than those of the effervescent blonde persona that had made her a box-office star. That this would be a passion project on which she is an uncredited executive producer makes perfect sense as she was surely hungry for a serious role.

Chris Menges, working from a script by Scott Sommer that is based on a novella also written by Sommer, is no stranger to the drug trade. Many of his awards are for television work, including documentaries that covered the subject of drug wars in other countries. The actor Arliss Howard, who a few years earlier made a strong impression as Pvt. Cowboy in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (1987) and Robert Towne's drug cartel crime drama Tequila Sunrise (1988) gets added to CrissCross as a love interest for Tracy, albeit one with a secret that radically changes the dynamics of their relationship when things get bumpy between Chris and some unhappy drug dealers. Steve Buscemi also pops in for a small role. While Hawn, Carradine, Howard, and Buscemi all add celebrity cachet to a drama that moves from the travails of the working poor to more established tropes involving a fight with drug dealers, the focus is primarily on child actor David Arnott. He beat out 3,000 hopefuls in the open auditions to take on the role of Chris Cross. He provides an earnest performance that feels both authentic and vulnerable - perhaps too vulnerable, as this was both his first movie and his last.

By Pablo Kjolseth
Crisscross -

CrissCross -

English filmmaker Chris Menges won Best Cinematography Academy Awards for The Killing Fields (1984) and The Mission (1986). His cinematography also netted him two more Academy Award nominations later on for his work on Michael Collins (1996) and The Reader (2008). Between those years, he also got in the director's chair to work on theatrical feature films, including A World Apart (1988), which won multiple prizes at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. That was followed by CrissCross (shot in 1990 and released in 1992). Set in Key West, Florida, circa 1969, CrissCross places a 12-year-old and his financially strapped mother in the foreground while in the background the drama of the Apollo 11 moon landing unfolds via local news outlets. The film's title is a play on the name of the child protagonist, Chris Cross (played by David Arnott). Chris is doing the best he can with an array of odd jobs to supplant his mother's meager wages. Tracy Cross (Goldie Hawn) has been abandoned by her husband (Keith Carradine), a Navy fighter pilot who was left mentally scarred by war atrocities he committed in Vietnam. Tracy dreams of being able to provide a modest home for herself and her son, but she's already working days in a restaurant and nights in a strip club and between that and whatever money Chris is able to scrounge up, be it from a paper route or pool cleaning, the best they can afford is a seedy hotel room. Then one day during one of Chris's odd jobs picking up fish from a shrimper to take back to the hotel restaurant, he discovers packaged cocaine stuffed inside the fish. Chris is a good kid and he's a bit naïve, but soon he concocts a money-making scheme that he hopes will jettison him and his mother out of their dismal orbit and on to a better flight path. It's only a coincidence that CrissCross is set in the same year that Goldie Hawn won an Academy Award for her performance in Cactus Flower (1969). She'd already been famous for a few years before that and remained a big star for decades to come. More noteworthy is the fact that during the same year that Bird on a Wire (1990) was released (a film Hawn starred in with Mel Gibson that was a critical dud yet still went on to gross over $138 million dollars worldwide) she was working on CrissCross: a film in which she got to flex her dramatic muscles in a way that showed nuance and deeper layers than those of the effervescent blonde persona that had made her a box-office star. That this would be a passion project on which she is an uncredited executive producer makes perfect sense as she was surely hungry for a serious role. Chris Menges, working from a script by Scott Sommer that is based on a novella also written by Sommer, is no stranger to the drug trade. Many of his awards are for television work, including documentaries that covered the subject of drug wars in other countries. The actor Arliss Howard, who a few years earlier made a strong impression as Pvt. Cowboy in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (1987) and Robert Towne's drug cartel crime drama Tequila Sunrise (1988) gets added to CrissCross as a love interest for Tracy, albeit one with a secret that radically changes the dynamics of their relationship when things get bumpy between Chris and some unhappy drug dealers. Steve Buscemi also pops in for a small role. While Hawn, Carradine, Howard, and Buscemi all add celebrity cachet to a drama that moves from the travails of the working poor to more established tropes involving a fight with drug dealers, the focus is primarily on child actor David Arnott. He beat out 3,000 hopefuls in the open auditions to take on the role of Chris Cross. He provides an earnest performance that feels both authentic and vulnerable - perhaps too vulnerable, as this was both his first movie and his last. By Pablo Kjolseth

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Spring May 8, 1992

Released in United States on Video September 30, 1992

Completed shooting August 22, 1990.

Began shooting June 20, 1990.

Released in United States Spring May 8, 1992

Released in United States on Video September 30, 1992