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Crash (1996)

NC-17 | | Drama | 21 March 1997 (USA)
After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.

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Since a road accident left him with serious facial and bodily scarring, a former TV scientist has become obsessed by the marriage of motor-car technology with what he sees as the raw sexuality of car-crash victims. The scientist, along with a crash victim he has recently befriended, sets about performing a series of sexual acts in a variety of motor vehicles, either with other crash victims or with prostitutes whom they contort into the shape of trapped corpses. Ultimately, the scientist craves a suicidal union of blood, semen, and engine coolant, a union with which he becomes dangerously obsessed. Written by Matt A. Knapp <mak8@le.ac.uk>

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Exploring the ultimate thrill where body and metal become one! See more »

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Rated NC-17 for numerous explicit sex scenes | See all certifications »

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Crash: Extraños placeres  »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 1,372,969,000 (Italy) (15 November 1996)

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$3,168,660 (USA) (18 April 1997)
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Michael Hutchence was offered the role of Vaughan. See more »

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After Vaughan repeatedly crashes the left front bumper of his Lincoln into a junker James Ballard is sitting in, causing major damage to the bumper and the lights, Vaughan is soon shown driving on the highway with no damage to the bumper and both left lights operational. See more »

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Vaughan: The car crash is a fertilizing rather than a destructive event.
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References A Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »

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How does one make such an awful film ?
19 February 1999 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

David Cronenberg's CRASH is one of the worst pieces of cinematic trash I have ever witnessed. I give an enormous amount of credit to some of the cast members (Holly Hunter, especially) for participating in such crap. She obviously saw something erotic or dangerous in the script. I saw idiocy, stupidity, and unnecessary pain. I did not know whether to laugh or vomit, but I somehow made it through.

The film involves an over-sexed James Spader, who 'crashes' into a car with a half-naked Ms. Hunter, killing the driver, and seriously injuring Spader's leg. In the hospital, the film's forced sexuality never stops, considering a visit Spader gets from a handy blonde. Through a series of weird events and experiences involving automobiles I would rather not get into, the film's self-important message is clear: How modern technology changes the human body i.e. car crashes.

First of all, we've been presented this message in countless other ways. Cronenberg has just found a sick and explicit way to present it. Secondly, what these characters think and do exist only to 'present' this overblown message. They have no other duties, ideas, character traits, or appeal other than to go wild sexually in all kinds of cars, car washes, and car chases. What is this? Neo-Industrial Revolutionary filmmaking? No, it is garbage.

One-note: Rosanna Arquette appears as a good-looking Darth Vader. Only anyone who has seen this will know what I mean. This is in no way a recommendation, and this has been a fun waste of time discussing bad cinema.


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