CrashDirector: Paul Haggis
Issues of race and gender cause a group of strangers in Los Angeles to physically and emotionally collide in this drama from director and screenwriter Paul Haggis. Graham (Don Cheadle) is a police detective whose brother is a street criminal, and it hurts him to know his mother cares more about his ne'er-do-well brother than him. Graham's partner is Ria (Jennifer… See more details below
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Issues of race and gender cause a group of strangers in Los Angeles to physically and emotionally collide in this drama from director and screenwriter Paul Haggis. Graham (Don Cheadle) is a police detective whose brother is a street criminal, and it hurts him to know his mother cares more about his ne'er-do-well brother than him. Graham's partner is Ria (Jennifer Esposito), who is also his girlfriend, though she has begun to bristle at his emotional distance, as well as his occasional insensitivity over the fact he's African-American and she's Hispanic. Rick (Brendan Fraser) is an L.A. district attorney whose wife, Jean (Sandra Bullock), makes little secret of her fear and hatred of people unlike herself. Jean's worst imaginings about people of color are confirmed when her SUV is carjacked by two African-American men -- Anthony (Chris Bridges, aka Ludacris), who dislikes white people as much as Jean hates blacks, and Peter (Larenz Tate), who is more open minded. Cameron (Terrence Howard) is a well-to-do African-American television producer with a beautiful wife, Christine (Thandie Newton). While coming home from a party, Cameron and Christine are pulled over by Officer Ryan (Matt Dillon), who subjects them to a humiliating interrogation (and her to an inappropriate search) while his new partner, Officer Hansen (Ryan Phillippe), looks on. Daniel (Michael Pena) is a hard-working locksmith and dedicated father who discovers that his looks don't lead many of his customers to trust him. And Farhad (Shaun Toub) is a Middle Eastern shopkeeper who is so constantly threatened in the wake of the 9/11 attacks that he decided he needs a gun to defend his family. Crash was the first directorial project for award-winning television and film writer Haggis.
Not many films have the possibility of making their audiences better people. I don't expect Crash to work any miracles, but I believe anyone seeing it is likely to be moved to have a little more sympathy for people not like themselves.
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Cast & Crew
|Don Cheadle||Graham Waters|
|Matt Dillon||Jack Ryan|
|Terrence Howard||Cameron Thayer|
|Chris "Ludacris" Bridges||Anthony|
|Thandie Newton||Christine Thayer|
|Ryan Phillippe||Officer Tom Hanson|
|Beverly Todd||Graham's Mother|
|Keith David||Lt. Dixon|
|Sean Cory||Motorcycle Cop|
|Billy Gallo||Officer Hill|
|Art Chudabala||Ken Ho|
|James Haggis||Lara's Friend|
|Paul Haggis||Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter|
|Linda M. Bass||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Laurence Bennett||Production Designer|
|Scott Cameron||Asst. Director|
|Brandee Dell'Aringa||Art Director|
|Marina Grasic||Executive Producer|
|Mark R. Harris||Producer|
|Mark Isham||Score Composer|
|Jan Körbelin||Executive Producer|
|Dana Maksimovich||Associate Producer|
|J. Michael Muro||Cinematographer|
|Tom Nunan||Executive Producer|
|Andy Reimer||Executive Producer|
|Richard van Dyke||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Kathleen "Bird" York||Songwriter|
1. Main Titles/Frame of Reference [5:54]
2. Blind Fear [4:07]
3. A Nice Gun [5:21]
4. Sobriety Test [7:11]
5. A Little Anger [2:33]
6. Invisible and Impenetrable [5:11]
7. A Personal Problem [4:56]
8. Locked and Loaded [4:34]
9. Taking the Bus [5:01]
10. Ringing False [4:16]
11. Brother's Keeper [4:06]
12. Uninsured [3:40]
13. Trust [9:17]
14. On a Gut Level [6:57]
15. Breaking Point [2:12]
16. Threatening Gestures [4:53]
17. A Really Good Cload [2:56]
18. Happenstance [2:15]
19. Miscommunication [5:08]
20. Human Cargo [3:45]
21. Things to Do [4:40]
22. Connections [3:35]
23. L.A. Snowfall [5:35]
24. End Credits [4:05]
25. Chapter 25 [:01]
Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Surround)
DVD Introduction by Writer/Produce/Director Paul Haggis Audio Commentary With Writer/Producer/Director Paul Haggis, Writer/Produce Bobby Moresco and Actor/Producer Don Cheadle: On
DVD Introduction by Writer/Produce/Director Paul Haggis Audio Commentary With Writer/Produce/Director Paul Haggis, Writer/Producer Bobby Moresco and Actor/Producer Don Cheadle: Off
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After viewing this joke of a film just once, it's insanely easy to see why it won Best Picture. It makes white people look like the enemy, and Hollywood just loves that. They love hating Whitey so much that this awful movie beat out the story of a 25-year gay romance for the Oscar. If this movie succeeds in anything, it proves how out of touch the film culture is with the rest of America. Absolute garbage.
This is one greatest movies i have seen this year. Maybe one of the greatest movies i have ever seen. simple as that, go see it....
This movie explores the issues that we as a society face everyday. Race issues are a big part of our culture and how people deal with those issues depends on the person. This film would be excellent for an ethics class in college. As a college student I feel this movie would benefit students taking such a class. Wonderful and moving. Five stars!!
just wow. one of those movies that just makes you think. its in my top 5 life changing or otherwise list along with garden state and the italian job. the acting in crash is great, all of the characters played perfectly. 5 stars.
This is one of the best movies I've seen. I agree with Roger Ebert in that this movie definitely has the possibility of making the audiences better people.
this movie was one of the greatest movies that I have seen to date. This movie started off on the right note and the ending was so shocking!! I t can be a real tear joker.
This is without one of the best dramas of all time, this movie moved me. Ive never been so attached or drawn into a movie as I was with this one. There are so many good things I could say about this movie, that I am almost speachless....I strongly recomend this movie to everyone, even if you dont end up liking it, its worth seeing.
let the cliches and stereo types fly, but this movie is more than just that. It's about the misjudgment of character, misunderstanding the other side, ignorance and stupidity, it's even about who your real friends are. "Crash" tells the truth about people who harbor prejudices and ignorant misconceptions about other cultures, and that when it comes to racisim and stereo types everyone's to blame, noone comes out unharmed. The writer/director Paul Haggis puts these prejudices out in the open for all to see and hear, waving a big red flag saying, "people, this stuff exits you can't ignore it". What audiences will find interesting about "Crash" is how the entire story comes together.
I was really surprised after I saw this movie in theaters. I really had no clue what this movie was about when I went to see it, but I was so glad I went and saw it. The cast is filled with great actors and the storyline is very entertaining. One of my favorite movies of all time!
This movie has it all-- drama, conflict, action, you name it. Wonderful script and a powerful movie. Highly recommended.
I watched this DVD on Oprah's recommendation. I half-heartedly rented it because the only thing I knew about it was that she recommended it. PHENOMENAL movie. It is a thinking person's movie and if you don't come away thinking about this movie for DAYS OR WEEKS or LONGER, then you must have fallen asleep. Rent it, buy it, borrow it, whatever you have to do. It was the best drama this year so far!!
If only every movie could be like "Crash." Truly a modern inspiration that should start many a discussion and give insight into everyone's motives and prove people are not always who they seem.
omg... This is one of the best movies I have EVER seen! It is so inspiring and intimate. It definitely gives you a real look at racism and social clashes. The first thing I thought at the end of this movie was:"Wow...Life is such a vicious cycle underneath. " It's kind of scary(life,not the movie). I cried a lot, it is that moving. It takes quite a bit to make me cry. A must see for everyone!
"Crash" could have been an excellent and powerful film unfortunately, it ends up stepping on its own feet. Basically, everything that you've heard about it being a glimpse into a racially tense post-9/11 Los Angelos is true, albeit a bit ridiculous as the film spirals towards its conclusion. Paul Haggis, in his introduction to the film on the DVD, claims that "Crash" is a passion piece, and he is correct. "Crash" is all passion, and no logic. There are so many ironies in the movie (a few realistic, but most bordering on the melodramatic) that even Sophocles, the Greek playwright who gave us Oedipus and Antigone, could not have done it better (or in this case, worse). "Crash" assumes that all people are neither totally good nor totally bad, but are actually somewhere in the middle. The film tries to push this theme throughout its entirety, but ends up preaching by the finale. Also, for a film so passionate about racism and stereotypes, there is only one or two instances in which an ethnic minority actually solves a situation other than that, it is the white caucasians who end up saving the day. In the end, Crash was a good idea that stumbled over a poor plot and mediocre directing. I would recommend seeing the film to understand what the fuss is about, but please don't get caught up in it.
I can only think of a few movies such as Schindler's list that have affected me so profoundly that I was still thinking about them days later. Crash is definitely one of those movies!
I have lost all respect for the Oscars now that "Crash" has won for best picture. "Brokeback Mountain" was a BILLION times better than "Crash". Yes, the subject matter of "Crash"-racism- is important, however, as a film it is terrible. The subject matter of "Brokeback Mountain"- homosexuality- is also very important, but was dealt with using great directing, writing, and acting. The movie "Crash" is annoying, boring, and miserable. The many intertwining stories leave for characters with little development, and little required acting: the ONLY emotion characters may express is anger and even then, only a few actors express it. After hearing so many good reviews about it, I thought I should see it. I kept watching hoping that it would get better. It never did. I kept looking at the timer on the DVD player to see how much longer I had to watch before "Crash" was finally over. This movie is just as lame, uninteresting and worthless as hundreds of other movies. Roger Ebert thought Matt Dillon was Oscar worthy for his performance as a racist cop because his character is "redeemed" during the movie when we find out he is taking care of his sick father. How does the cop's caring for his father redeem his character for his extreme racism or his molesting of a woman? "Brokeback Mountain" is a beautiful and intense movie that requires a great deal of emotion from all of its actors, and the actors do a marvelous job expressing their characters and connecting with the audience. I felt no connection with the people from "Crash". When I heard that "Crash" was "gaining steam" in the Oscar race, I thought it had to be a joke, and hearing that it was the main competition for "Brokeback" made me wonder how terrible were the three other nominated films? I have no idea what happened at the Oscars- either the Academy gave into the peer pressure of Roger Ebert, or it may have believed what should have been ridiculous jokes of "Crash" "gaining steam" in the Oscar race, or the Academy is made up of people who worked on and starred in "Crash". "Brokeback Mountain" was the Best Picture of 2005 and no one can take that away. Thankfully "Brokeback Mountain" was acknowledged as Best Picture of the Year by every other major award ceremony and a dozen smaller ones.
While Haggis' film is superb, I couldn't help but be reminded of Lawrence Kasden's wonderful and similar, though often overlooked, "Grand Canyon." If you loved "Crash," you should also appreciate the Kasden jewel, "Grand Canyon," with its equally talented cast and interwoven plot lines.
A large and star-studded cast made Crash not just a must-see, but the best picture of the year. Whatever you do, don't miss it. Oprah was right when she said it should be in every single DVD collection.
Yes, in a few places in the world these kind of stories exist, but not everywhere. The film places labels on everyone, ignorant labels.
Contrary to the very enthusiastic comments on this site, I found the Academy's choice for Best Picture of 2005 to be an embarrassing one. In the year of "Brokeback Mountain", a timeless classic if there ever was one, and three other far superior Picture nominees, "Crash" is an incredibly weak selection for top honors. A "Message" movie with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, "Crash" does boast fine acting, nimble editing. gritty cinematography and an effective, moody music score. All of that is wasted because Paul Haggis' original screenplay is basically a set- up. A modern day parable about race relations in and around L.A. fails to be convincing drama due to Haggis having his characters make rants and speeches in a storyline full of unbelievable coincidences. I will concede that there is a certain fascination in watching the dramatic proceedings due to the utter phoniness of the plot. As the film winds up its several story strands it becomes more laughable than moving. "Crash" belongs in Oscar's Hall Of Shame.
A waste of good acting. The storyline is like a cheesy soap-opera -- L. A. has millions of Angelinos, yet this group of characters keeps running into one another. This movie tries too hard to get a simple message across: Humans may all be biggots "in-hiding", but in the end, we're all we've got and we depend on each other to get through life. But it's just a "preachy", poor quality film. It was like one of those over-the-top melodramatic LIFETIME movies, but with lots of cursing and a nude scene. Definitely not Oscar worthy.
The first few lines of the movie describe it best - "We miss that touch so much that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something." There's a lot going on nowadays where you know you should be feeling something, but can't- you're desensitized. Crash will remind you what it is to be in the frustrating, turbulent state our society is in. It will make you angry, it will make you laugh, it will make you cry. But in the end you will come away simply knowing more, and that's saying a lot.
Definitely not better than The Constant Gardner. Good rental, not a good Oscar pick. Too many stories going on to fully develop any of them to the point where you really cared. The acting was just ok...I was expecting more.
I guess most people who've seen this movie and rated it so high as 5 stars must not get out much or read the newspapers or walk the streets or they don't watch many quality movies. Granted we are bombarded with violence and hate and ethnic slurs and the war on terror and the likes on a regular basis, we all know about drugs, drugs and more drugs, we all know about hollywood and those glamourous people and all their needs but man does this movie really think that they are showing us something new we haven't been drilled and beat over the head with on TV and the print media daily? Are the people responsible for making this rehash that stupid that they think we are viewing the second coming right on the screen before us?? Do they thing we need some magic dust or invisible healing hands to help us find our ways through this bad land we all share called America? Thanks but no thanks, maybe LA thinks this is how we all live and relate to one another and have a happy ending here and there but please, there were so many better movies out there much more worthy of praise. This one didn't even get nominated for a Golden Globe Best Picture award, hardly made a dent in any of the best of the year critics awards during the past several months, came and quickly went at the movie theaters, why wasn't it critically praised during its first time out? If it was that good in this day and age of media overkill how did we all manage to miss this revelation on human interactions?? Crash came out of nowhere and stole the show and will always be remembered for doing just that. The Best Movie of the year will do just fine, it didn't need the academy to vote its merits, the people of this country and the critics all chose the most daring outstanding film already, it will live a long life along side the classics of our time, it didn't need any help from all those old time academy voters sitting in seclusion waiting to pass on, it was decided months earlier, which movie people talked about long after they left the theater. It wasn't Crash.