CrashDirector: Paul Haggis
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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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- Lions Gate
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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!
...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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Highly recommended! Interesting twists and relationships between all the characters. Makes you think while being very entertaining.
This movie has it all-- drama, conflict, action, you name it. Wonderful script and a powerful movie. Highly recommended.
I saw CRASH the week it opened. There were, I thought, some powerful moments. Certainly there were some good performances (Ms. Newton, Mr. Howard, Mr. Dillon). However, later, after thinking about the film (not possible to do whilst watching it -- each scene is an incessant and pontificating barrage proclaiming the same conflict ad nauseum), I realized how it didn't measure up to be what it was pretending to be. And what was it pretending to be? Why, a film that deals honestly with racism. How does it fail in accomplishing this? Point blank: Stating said conflict without pause is not the same thing as "investigating" the conflict. We are expected to believe that the characters in this film are "real" and "human." Yet what we have are not characters, but stereotypes. Nothing new, really films (books, plays, etc.) have often used stereotypes to tell their stories. What's interesting, however, is when the writer(s) dares to "dismantle" said stereotypes to show the human beings within. This film made no attempt. (NOTE: Having good people do bad things and vice versa is neither illuminating nor deep -- it's sloppy). The film begins as harsh and shocking. It "pretends" to take on tough issues. But, sure enough, by Act Three, the writer(s) commence tying up the storylines with neat little bows. Of course, just in case we're not aware that we're witnessing epiphanies (all too pat and cloying two couples who fight in every scene of the film they're together suddenly make the obligatory phone calls to say, "I love you" -- Please! Go yank someone else's chain!), there's a saccharine song playing called "In the Deep" in the background ("In the Trite" would have been a more apt title). And the dialogue. These are "believable" characters? They find themselves in traumatic situations and yet all deliver perfectly polished speeches. In fact, it's not so much the "characters" delivering the speeches as it is the writer(s) being too lazy and too literal. Want to see a film in which the characters speak as people do in such situations? It's called "Magnolia." Nothing polished or pedantic there -- just human beings trying to communicate. Some manage others don't. Like life as it truly is, no? And as for "dealing" with the racism? It's interesting to hear what Asian-Americans are saying about this film. And African-Americans. And Middle Easterners. And the people of Los Angeles themselves. If one watches the film again, and really thinks about this, he or she will see quite easily why a lot of people are disgusted with this film. It doesn't disclose racism it reinforces it. As well, it deals with "racism" in the broadest of strokes, harkening to turgid ideals thirty years old. No mention of the more insidious nature of racism here. Forbid it! Every character has to proclaim his or her stance with all the subtlety of a placard and a bullhorn. How wonderful it would be if there were a film that takes place in a single day, in a specific milieu, has a multi-ethnic cast of characters, and deals with "racism." Oh, wait. It is wonderful, for there is such a film: it's called "Do the Right Thing." It was written and directed by Mr. Spike Lee, released in 1989. The wonderful thing about Mr. Lee's film? It actually allows the characters to be human. It doesn't smack you in the face relentlessly. It doesn't reach Act Three and suddenly backtrack and spew a sickening montage that will allow you to feel more comfortable when you leave the theater. It is a hopeful film, but even more important, it is a realistic one. It's unfortunate, however, that this year's winner for best picture (pathetic) shamelessly steals from Mr. Lee's far better, superior, and honest film (which received nominations for Supporting Actor and Screenplay, though neither won). I wanted to like "