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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.
Netflix Rating: 3.6
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 90%
Critics' score: 90   Audience score: 72   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

A tale of alienation and adaptation both miraculous and strange, but also abduction both psychological and physical. full review

Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times

Fascinating. full review

V.A. Musetto, New York Post

You'll be untangling Dresnok's knotty reality long after you leave the theater. full review

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

[The] compelling story and the plentiful high-definition video images of North Korean daily life prove so fascinating that Crossing the Line is riveting. full review

Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times

The reflective sequences veer between stylishly effective and drearily overstated. full review

Michelle Orange, Village Voice

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. full review

Derek Elley, Variety
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  • Release Year: 2006
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Available From: May 01, 2010
  • Queued by: 224 people
Directed By
Daniel Gordon
Cast
James Dresnok, Christian Slater, Charles Robert Jenkins
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