Crash

Crash

3.9 71
Director: Paul Haggis

Cast: Paul Haggis, Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon

     
 

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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… 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Quite accurately described by studio publicists as "a provocative and unflinching look" at contemporary life in a post-9/11 Los Angeles suffused with racial tensions, Crash boasts an unusually complex script and wonderful performances. It also moralizes and traffics in outrageous coincidences. Nonetheless, this drama from Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Paul Haggis sports some truly unforgettable sequences and an ensemble cast that, individually and collectively, supplies perhaps the best acting in any movie released this year. No less than a half dozen plot threads are used to weave a multilayered story in which most of the characters interact with one another, in some cases without realizing it. Brendan Fraser and Sandra Bullock play a district attorney and his wife who find themselves carjacked on a busy L.A. street. Matt Dillon plays a racist cop who deliberately harasses an African-American TV director Terrence Howard and his beautiful wife (Thandie Newton) while his embarrassed partner (Ryan Phillippe) is obliged to look on. Don Cheadle and Jennifer Esposito play police detectives investigating what appears to be a racially motivated shooting with political implications for the police department. Other subplots involve a hardworking Latino locksmith (Michael Pena), a Persian shopkeeper (Shaun Toub) whose store is robbed, and a pair of young black men (Larenz Tate and the rapper Chris "Ludacris" Bridges) who spend the day trying to boost cars. There's no denying that the movie deals with important issues, and despite its earnest self-righteousness Crash contributes forcefully and memorably to a debate our society needs to have.
All Movie Guide
The Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Million Dollar Baby takes the helm of his own project in Crash, an ensemble study of race relations in Los Angeles, which uses the city's daily preponderance of motor-vehicle collisions as a central metaphor. The film recalls the work of Robert Altman (Short Cuts) and Lawrence Kasdan (Grand Canyon) in its attempt to interweave different segments of the city's socioeconomic and ethnic landscape, but uses a blunter hammer stroke to drive home its points. The film's many supporters led to surprising Oscars for best picture, screenplay and editing, as well as a 55-million-dollar box-office take. While some viewers were undoubtedly drawn to the unfiltered language and uncompromising intensity with which racism is depicted, others found that the film veers into contrived territory. As the characters are more often symbolic types than fleshed-out individuals, they butt up against each other according to what will create maximum incendiary dialogue and the potential for explosive conflict. Whether it's Dillon spewing anti-affirmative-action rage, Sandra Bullock spraying racial epithets in as many directions as a lawn sprinkler, or an Iranian business owner and a Latino locksmith using their mutual preconceived notions to block off communication, most of the scenes play out at the highest possible emotional pitch, with mixed results. While a number of scenes work well individually -- most notably Dillon's creepy frisking of Thandie Newton -- their coincidental interconnectedness undermines them enough to seem gimmicky. Even if some viewers found the material preachy, there's no denying that Crash reached a wide audience, its fans identifying a forthright frankness on race relations that they hadn't seen since Do the Right Thing.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
The stunning, must-see drama Crash is proof that words have not lost the ability to shock in our anesthetized society.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

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.
The New Yorker - David Denby
Hyper-articulate and often breathtakingly intelligent and always brazenly alive. I think it's easily the strongest American film since Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, though it is not for the fainthearted.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2005
UPC:
0031398179382
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:02:00
Sales rank:
6,481

Special Features

Closed Caption; DVD introduction by director Paul Haggis; Crash behind th escenes; Commentary with Paul Haggis, Don Cheadle and Bobby Moresco; Widescreen version; 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio; Trailers; English and Spanish Subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sandra Bullock Jean
Don Cheadle Graham Waters
Matt Dillon Jack Ryan
Jennifer Esposito Ria
Shaun Toub Farhad
Brendan Fraser Rick
Terrence Howard Cameron Thayer
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges Anthony
William Fichtner Flanagan
Thandie Newton Christine Thayer
Ryan Phillippe Officer Tom Hanson
Larenz Tate Peter
Michael Peña Daniel
Nona Gaye Karen
Loretta Devine Shaniqua
Beverly Todd Graham's Mother
Keith David Lt. Dixon
Sean Cory Motorcycle Cop
Tony Danza Fred
Billy Gallo Officer Hill
Karina Arroyave Elizabeth
Art Chudabala Ken Ho
James Haggis Lara's Friend
Ken Garito Bruce
Dato Bakhtadze Lucien
Marina Sirtis Shereen
Daniel Kim Park
Bahar Soomekh Dorri

Technical Credits
Paul Haggis Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Linda M. Bass Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Becker Songwriter
Laurence Bennett Production Designer
Scott Cameron Asst. Director
Don Cheadle Producer
Betsy Danbury Co-producer
Brandee Dell'Aringa Art Director
Marina Grasic Executive Producer
Sarah Halley-Finn Casting,Co-producer
Mark R. Harris Producer
Randi Hiller Casting,Co-producer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Jan Körbelin Executive Producer
Dana Maksimovich Associate Producer
Robert Moresco Screenwriter
Bobby Moresco Producer,Screenwriter
J. Michael Muro Cinematographer
Tom Nunan Executive Producer
Andy Reimer Executive Producer
Cathy Schulman Producer
Richard van Dyke Sound/Sound Designer
Hughes Winborne Editor
Bob Yari Producer
Kathleen "Bird" York Songwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Crash
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]

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