Crash

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Overview

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...
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Overview

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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Special Features

1080p high definition; 16x9 widescreen version; 6.1 DTS-ES discrete audio; 5.1 Dlby Digital Surround EX audio; English and Spanish subtitles; Interactive menus powered my Metamenu Technology; Change audio mix, subtitle language of jump to any scene ant amy time - even during playback
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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.

The stunning, must-see drama Crash is proof that words have not lost the ability to shock in our anesthetized society.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2006
  • UPC: 031398195238
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 8,943

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
Karina Arroyave Elizabeth
Dato Bakhtadze Lucien
Art Chudabala Ken Ho
Sean Cory Motorcycle Cop
Keith David Lt. Dixon
Loretta Devine Shaniqua
Billy Gallo Officer Hill
Ken Garito Bruce
Nona Gaye Karen
James Haggis Lara's Friend
Daniel Kim Park
Marina Sirtis Shereen
Bahar Soomekh Dorri
Beverly Todd Graham's Mother
Tony Danza Fred
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
Bobby Moresco Producer, Screenwriter
Robert Moresco 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Crash" - what the truck carrying the DVD's should have done

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Magnified harmful stereotypes and failed to be unbiased.

    Anyone who says this movie is amazing...must be like the characters in the movie, or know someone like them. Because no one in this movie was an image of me or anyone I know. Every character was completely ignorant and discriminatory to the fullest extent. Everytime I thought there would be a breakthrough in a character's situation, it just got worse and worse. I couldn't believe what I was seeing and furthermore, I couldn't believe people would recommend this movie. There was nothing in this movie that could spark an INTELLIGENT discussion of ethnicity, heritage or class. It was a dead-end drama with no "moral to the story." I was absolutely appalled at it. I could've written something better than this, being an African-American college student with Ethiopian sisters, caucasian relatives and east asian, puerto rican, afro-american, european and native friends. Although we all have our prejudices, we do not think like this.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Crash is a MUST see

    Crash should be shown to every high school kid in America. It is thought provoking, and it goes behind the reasons why people think and behave the way they do. Most of us only see a very limited view of people we encounter on a limited basis- waiters, policemen, cashiers, etc. It's easy to form judgments about them in a knee-jerk fashion without stopping to consider that there is a story behind this person's behaviors. Crash demonstrates the stories behind the characters' behaviors. This is one that will change your perspective about people and relationships. I not only suggest you watch it; I suggest you buy it and watch it periodically.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Movie on Social Perceptions!

    Highly recommended! Interesting twists and relationships between all the characters. Makes you think while being very entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worst movie to win Best Picture

    Best Picture? What a joke. I'm still angry that the Academy, in their conservative cowardice, chose this over Brokeback Mountain. It is unprecedented that any film with so few awards and such lukewarm acclaim has been chosen over the film that won almost every major award leading up to the Oscars. Not only did Brokeback Mountain win at the Golden Globes, British Academy Awards (BAFTA), Writers Guild, Directors Guild, Producers Guild, and most major city festivals, but Crash wasn't even nominated at the Golden Globes. Previously, all academy award winners were at least in nomination at the Globes. What else could explain such a contrived, unrealistic film coming out of nowhere to win but the old conservative academy voters. Were they afraid of being perceived as being too gay-friendly if they chose BBM? We'll never know for sure, but it is certainly suspicious. Crash made far less in box office, had a much shorter release and received far worse reviews across the board. If it was so great then why did it come out of nowhere at the last minute for the oscars? You'd think that such a "deserving" film would be getting rave reviews from from its release up until the Oscars. Brokeback Mountain will always be remembered as the greater film and will be talked about long after Crash has been forgotten. The 2006 Academy Awards were embarrassing - in addition to this choice, the Best Song went to "It's Hard Out There For A Pimp", and King Kong won as many awards as BBM. How ghetto!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It wasn't terrible...

    ...but what I did like about the film was the demonstration of the failure of communication in our society today. So many bad things come as a result of the wrong interpretation of what someone says or does which does lead to racism and prejudice sometimes. People still have problems with seeing others as they truly are despite their color and/or their culture. Listen and seek the truth - don't make up your own truths because they could be wrong.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why Is This Movie So Hated?

    As the headline says, "Why is this movie so hated?" In my eyes, any movie that leaves me thinking, let alone questioning myself, has greatly succeeded. I think this is a great third-person perspective of multiple types of racism, as where a lot of films capture a one-sided racism, where one race is victimized. My only complaint to date is Brendan Fraser being listen on the cover, when he is in the movie for about 10 minutes total.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the worst movies ever made!!!!!!!!!!!

    unbelievable! what is everyone thinking. this movie is so bad on so many levels!this is without question one of the worst movies ever made, and certainly the worst academy award winner. the movie contains nothing new, nothing enlightening, and will just be a reinforcement to already racist people the stereotypes they already have. the arab guy runs a convenience store, the hispanic with a hundred tattoos, who fixes locks in rich white people's homes. the TRUCKLOAD of asians being let out of the back of the truck left to scurry around LA. give me a break! maybe if a non-white writer redid the script it might have some interesting insights, and not just some retreaded bull that makes white people feel better about themselves. probably the worst shot in the movie was when the arab guy "shoots" the hispanic girl. wow!!! didn't see that coming!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Crash

    For people that don't like the movie, you guys don't understand the concept of the movie. The purpose of this movie is to show us the audience how mess up some people are in this world.What i like about this movie is that it opens our eyes and let out the truth among us.If anyone didn't like the movie, my advice is for you to watch it over and try to understand the purpose of this film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A movie that makes you honest to yourself

    I would reccomend this movie mainly bec it lends a different perspective of racism to our everyday lives, something like, we may be doing it but we don't realize that we are. And to be honest, I am guilty of that, stereotyping people that is. True, the movie may be a bit exagerrated because I don't really think anyone can act or have an attitude like that these days and not be sued. We do it subtly thats what and this movie makes us realize that we have a bit of stereotyping in us, which leaves room for improvement doesnt it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    i have to disagree with all the reviewers who are bashing this movie. crash opened my eyes to a lot of things and let me see my own prejudices. for those people who didn't like it, i ask you to take a longer look at your own feelings. my neighbor is colored and whenever things would go missing from my yard i would secretly suspect him. crash showed me that it could have been anybody, yes anybody, who could have stolen my rake, even the heeb who lives across the street and that stereotypes are not always true. i explained this to my colored neighbor and apologized to him and asked him if we could watch crash together. he said ok and it was a very good experience for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this movie is where it's at

    This movie is about how in a modern world lives collide, and deals with issues that are sometimes untouchable today. This is a powerful movie that will leave you thinking about things you don't.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    unrealistic hollywood hoey

    First, i second everything adjoa said in his review. i couldn't believe how bad this movie was as i was watching with my wife. she, a professional actor, felt the same way. the acting was over the top and the story line so contrived. the characters were one dimensional at best. while the idea for the film is a noble one, the movie missed the mark in every other way. don't be fooled by what others may say about this mellodramatic mess. it is embarassing that this film won the academy award for best film.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The haters dont have to read this

    I don't care what anybody says about this movie. It's all about compassion and learning to respect people of other races, and if people don't understand, then I truly feel bad for them. And I'm not one of those people that is easily amused by everything I watch, but "Crash" really did it for me. Yeah it had its few cheesy moments, but other than that it was perfect. It was a gripping tale of different people who collided with each other in the course of two days. It deserved the Best Picture award and I only wish that we could keep making hearfelt movies such as "Crash."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Deeply Moving

    While I can somewhat understand why this movie may not appeal to some people, I was moved to tears at several points. Truth be told, very few movies have done that (maybe one or two). Crash is a bold movie that takes snippets out of the lives of everyday people: people we can relate to, our neighbors, our parents, our brothers or sister, our daughters, or even ourselves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best movies I have EVER seen

    Magnificent! Unexpected, unpredictable, kept me short of breath while I watched it and still does, deep and unique!!! A masterpiece of showing different point of views, how compliacted life really is, how harmful the prejudices and how misleading the impressions can be. A wonderful reminder not to judge others before you will wear their shoes for two weeks. A must for all the people who can think. It absolutely deserved The Best Picture of the year award. I knew it would get it as soon as I watched the movie and did not get dissapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrible

    I never saw any movie that was so overrated. I think the movie's intentions were noble and need to be discussed, but Crash perpetuates racial, class, and religious stereotypes. The worse part of this film is that the dialogue so stall and pallid that is nauseating. Coincidences are everywhere, but relationships are nowhere.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Had the potential to be so much more

    I watched this movie on my wife's request and felt very offended after viewing it. I grew up with a racist relative and committed my life to not being like that and I hated everyone in this film with the exception of the Latino man and his family. In fact, I actually felt a great deal of empathy for him because all he was trying to do was provide for his family and no one stood up for him. I don't believe anyone can be pigeonholed as easily as Mr. Haggis has done here and I certainly do not feel this was worthy of the Best Picture Award. I agree with a lot of the reviewers here and feel that we've all been hoodwinked into wasting time by watching this movie.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie "crashed".

    I like the performances of Thandie Newton, Sandra Bullock and Terrence Howard, but I wouldn't say this movie deserves to win "Best Picture".It's good as a rental or waiting to watch it on cable or satellite, but I wouldn't pay $10 to see it.There were too many things happening at once that it is hard to follow the flow of the storyline, unless it was intentional by the director and the screenwriter.However, the story about people from different races and different walks of life "crashed" when they are left to face their prejudices is a good plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Indeed the best picture,..... of 1971!

    Completely over the top! I was kinda embarrased for the actors speaking the words paul h. wrote. I just thought the movie was obnoxious. Pathetic in it's pursuit of artistic movie making. When it won the Oscar I thought I was going to really see something good. I just should have watched "All in the Family" or "The Jeffersons"!

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