Crossing the Line

Christian Slater narrates director Daniel Gordon's intriguing political documentary about a U.S. Army defector who abandoned his country to become a citizen of North Korea. More than 40 years after crossing the border during the Cold War, former Pfc. James Dresnok speaks with Gordon in the city of Pyongyang. This 2007 Sundance Film Festival competition entry is an intimate look inside the mind of a democracy defender turned loyal communist.
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A tale of alienation and adaptation both miraculous and strange, but also abduction both psychological and physical.
Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times  full review
V.A. Musetto, New York Post  full review
You'll be untangling Dresnok's knotty reality long after you leave the theater.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News  full review
[The] compelling story and the plentiful high-definition video images of North Korean daily life prove so fascinating that Crossing the Line is riveting.
Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times  full review
The reflective sequences veer between stylishly effective and drearily overstated.
Michelle Orange, Village Voice  full review
Dresnok comes across as honest and credible, and his story is absolutely fascinating.
Elizabeth Kerr, Hollywood Reporter
Film's rarity value and still-hot subject matter make this required viewing on the fest circuit and cable channels.
Derek Elley, Variety  full review
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  • Release Year: 2006
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Available From: May 01, 2010
  • Queued by: 282 people
Directed By
Daniel Gordon
James Dresnok, Christian Slater, Charles Robert Jenkins

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