Safe Passage

Safe Passage

Director: Robert Allan Ackerman Cast: Susan Sarandon, Sam Shepard, Robert Sean Leonard


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A large, dysfunctional family awaits word on a loved one's fate in this domestic drama starring Susan Sarandon as Mag Singer, mother of seven sons. One, Percival (Matt Keeslar) is serving in the Marine Corps, and when news comes that his barracks in the Middle East has been bombed by terrorists, Mag's family assembles at her home, anxious for more information. In the meantime, a series of old wounds are reopened and healed. The prodigious Singers include the father, Patrick (Sam Shepard), unhappily estranged from Mag and prone to bouts of hysterical blindness, and Alfred (Robert Sean Leonard), the responsible, sober eldest, who is engaged to divorced mother Cynthia (Marcia Gay Harden). There's also Simon (Nick Stahl), the intellectual Izzy (Sean Astin), two twins, and guilt-wracked Gideon (Jason London), a track star who outshone Percival athletically, inspiring the latter to join the military. While the Singers deal with minor crises like a neighbor's dog that repeatedly attacks Simon, Percival's fate looms, and Mag deals with her fear by cleaning out the ramshackle garage and drinking Tequila with her daughter-in-law to be, Cynthia, with whom she's surprised to find much in common.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/16/1996
UPC: 0794043407536
Original Release: 1994
Rating: PG13
Source: New Line Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan Sarandon Mag Singer
Sam Shepard Patrick Singer
Robert Sean Leonard Alfred Singer
Sean Astin Izzy Singer
Marcia Gay Harden Cynthia
Nick Stahl Simon Singer
Jason London Gideon Singer
Matt Keeslar Percival Singer
Philip Bosco Mort
Michael A. Goorjian Actor
Joe Lisi Dog Owner
Marvin Scott Newsperson
Bill Boggs Newsperson
Christopher Wynkoop Evangelist
Philip Arthur Ross Merle
Steven Robert Ross Darren
Jesse Lee Percival, age 9 and 10
Jordan Clarke Coach
Jeffrey DeMunn Doctor
Rutanya Alda Beth
Kazuya Takahashi TV News Cameraman
Ralph Byers Sinai Reporter

Technical Credits
Robert Allan Ackerman Director
Betsy Beers Producer
Michael Bigger Makeup
Dan Bishop Production Designer
Ralf Bode Cinematographer
Marilyn Carbone Makeup
Pam Dixon Casting
Dianna Freas Set Decoration/Design
David Gale Executive Producer
Deena Goldstone Screenwriter
Gale Anne Hurd Producer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus Costumes/Costume Designer
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Diana Pokorny Producer
Jefferson Sage Art Director
Rick Shaine Editor
Ruth Vitale Executive Producer

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Safe Passage 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie, and I have for years. This is the story of a woman who, drawn to strange psychic superstitions which help her cope, discovers that the children whom she is losing through their maturity return to her when it really counts, drawing together to resolve the conflicts that drove them all apart. Mag has the power to tell the future with her dreams, and this movie begins with a dream predicting disaster, so when she awakens she calls up all of her sons and finds they're okay, except for Percival the soldier. When someone turns on the news, it's revealed that, in a counter-strike, Percival's combat unit may have all been killed in an explosion. As Mag grows older and faces life alone with only youngest child Simon, who is equally psychically superstitious but in even darker ways (putting a stop to a family fight by cutting himself on purpose with a knife) she finds herself malcontent with the shaft she's had in life. Her husband, some kind of inventor with convinent blindness, has left her and her children are growing up. Alfred, the eldest, has clearly taken after Mag but in a far more sensible way. He is engaged to a psychologist with two children of her own, Cynthia I think. The scenes where she and Mag have a chance to talk are some of the best, and most revealing, in the movie. Izzy is the brilliant one, some type of biologist who favors his father over his mother, even though the father doesn't give a damn about him. The annoying twins, Merle and Darrin, are in college now and their trying to develop into different people, but they never quite manage to, especially since their pairing is frequently emphasized in the family dynamic. Gideon, who only wanted to be part of the family, just as Izzy wished to, managed to link to his brother, Percival, again enduring the exclusion of their father. Gideon followed Percival and surpassed him because Gideon never quit. One of the best scenes in the movie is when Gideon forces the father to look back at how he handled the boys by telling him off. But Gideon's will is now sapped, because he fears that by besting Percival, he has driven him off. This is the basis for the conflict with the father, who refuses to accept imperfection. Percival is the primary matter of the family, for in the Islamic counter-strike, Percival, who has joined the army when he lost to Gideon at a race, (seemingly the last straw) could possibly be one of the men who was slain in the explosion. Is he alive, or not? That is the strict underpinning of the film, and the tension.