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Crash -- 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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Director:
Writers:
J.G. Ballard (novel)
David Cronenberg (written by)
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Release Date:
21 March 1997 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The most controversial film you will ever see. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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8 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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An anti-erotic exploration of the hollowness of modern life See more (285 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Spader ... James Ballard

Holly Hunter ... Helen Remington

Elias Koteas ... Vaughan

Deborah Kara Unger ... Catherine Ballard

Rosanna Arquette ... Gabrielle

Peter MacNeill ... Colin Seagrave
Yolande Julian ... Airport Hooker
Cheryl Swarts ... Vera Seagrave

Judah Katz ... Salesman
Nicky Guadagni ... Tattooist
Ronn Sarosiak ... A.D.

Boyd Banks ... Grip

Markus Parilo ... Man in Hanger
Alice Poon ... Camera Girl

John Stoneham Jr. ... Trask
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Cronenberg ... Auto Wreck Salesman (voice) (uncredited)
Jordan-Patrick Marcantonio ... Man in Tattoo Parlor (uncredited)
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Directed by
David Cronenberg 
 
Writing credits
J.G. Ballard (novel "Crash")

David Cronenberg (written by)

Produced by
Chris Auty .... co-executive producer
David Cronenberg .... producer
Andras Hamori .... co-executive producer
Robert Lantos .... executive producer
Stéphane Reichel .... co-producer (as Stephane Reichel)
Marilyn Stonehouse .... co-producer
Jeremy Thomas .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Suschitzky (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ronald Sanders 
 
Casting by
Deirdre Bowen 
 
Production Design by
Carol Spier 
 
Art Direction by
Tamara Deverell 
 
Set Decoration by
Elinor Rose Galbraith 
 
Costume Design by
Denise Cronenberg 
 
Makeup Department
Mary-Lou Green-Benvenuti .... key hair stylist
Shonagh Jabour .... key makeup artist
Katherine James .... makeup artist (as Kathrine James)
Carol Marinoff .... assistant hair stylist
Frances Mathias .... hair stylist
Leslie Ann Sebert .... assistant makeup artist (as Leslie Sebert)
 
Production Management
Marilyn Stonehouse .... production manager
Sandra Tucker .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cassandra Cronenberg .... trainee assistant director
Tom Quinn .... second assistant director
Michele Rakich .... third assistant director
David J. Webb .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
John Bannister .... scenic artist (as S. John Bannister)
Gordon Becker .... carpenter
David Orin Charles .... set dresser
Joe Curtin .... construction coordinator
Nick Fischer .... on-set dresser
Danielle Fleury .... assistant set decorator
John Flynn .... stand-by painter
Ian Fraser .... head carpenter
Christopher Geggie .... property master
Arvinder Grewal .... third assistant art director
Jacqui Hemingway .... assistant head painter
John Keenan .... carpenter
Sabri Lariani .... assistant head carpenter
Melissa Morgan .... head painter
Peter P. Nicolakakos .... lead set dresser
Sheri O'Rourke .... assistant props
Denis Perrier .... assistant head carpenter
Andrew M. Stearn .... first assistant art director
Robert H. Steiner .... construction accountant (as Robert Steiner)
 
Sound Department
Denis Bellingham .... boom operator
Tom Bjelic .... sound effects editor
Steph Carrier .... control room operator
Christian T. Cooke .... adr recordist
Chris Czopnik .... assistant sound effects editor
David Evans .... sound effects supervisor
James A. Gore .... foley assistant
Wayne Griffin .... supervising dialogue editor
Bill Hermans .... second engineer
Bradford L. Hohle .... consultant: Dolby
Joe Lafontaine .... assistant dialogue editor
John Laing .... dialogue editor
David Lee .... sound mixer
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Dino Pigat .... sound re-recording mixer
Ian Rankin .... control room operator
James Robb .... assistant dialogue editor
David Rose .... control room operator (as Dave Rose)
Dale Sheldrake .... dialogue editor
John Douglas Smith .... sound effects editor
Lou Solakofski .... sound re-recording mixer
Orest Sushko .... sound re-recording mixer
Clive Turner .... assistant sound effects editor
Tony Van den Akker .... foley recordist
Randy Wilson .... control room operator
Ryan Fraser .... post-production engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Appleby .... special effects assistant
Stephan Dupuis .... special effects makeup
Michael Kavanagh .... special effects coordinator
Dennis Pawlik .... special effects assistant
Dawn Rivard .... special effects
Trevor Cripps .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Dave McGhie .... digital artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Lloyd Adams .... stunt driver
Marco Bianco .... stunt driver
Phil Chiu .... stunt driver
Shelley Cook .... stunt driver
Tony Cordeiro .... stunt driver
Peter Ellery .... stunt driver
Ted Hanlan .... stunt coordinator
Danny Lima .... stunts
Steve Lucescu .... stunt driver
D. McLean .... stunt driver
Rick Parker .... stunt driver
Branko Racki .... stunt driver
Bryan Renfro .... stunt driver
Paul Rutledge .... stunt driver
Peter Szkoda .... stunt driver
Tye Tyukodi .... stunt driver
Ron Vanhart .... stunt driver
Curt Bonn .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
John Stead .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Scotty Allan .... gaffer
Michael Anderson .... electrician
Allan Angus .... generator operator
Russel Bowie .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Russel Bowie .... second assistant camera
Alexander Cooper .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Sandy Cooper)
Candide Franklyn .... dolly grip
Michael Gibson .... still photographer
Neil Gover .... generator operator
Rich Green .... camera trainee
Joel Guthro .... camera operator: "b" camera
Michael Hall .... first assistant camera
Delroy P. Jarrett .... electrician
Mike Kirilenko .... key grip (as Michael Kirilenko)
Steve Klys .... grip
Jim MacCammon .... electrician
Steven Morrisson .... best boy electric
Andrew W. Peart .... video playback operator
Jacqueline Pelle .... camera trainee
Peter Suschitzky .... camera operator
Samuel Turturici .... grip
Jonathan Wenk .... still photographer
Ron Yolevsky .... best boy grip
 
Casting Department
Donna Dupere .... extras casting
Aric Dupere .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sylvie Bonniere .... wardrobe assistant/seamstress
Brenda Gilles .... costume supervisor
Ann Henshaw .... costume coordinator
Ann Henshaw .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Kathleen Cummins .... editing intern
Kevin Downer .... post-production assistant
Samantha Dubiel .... post-production coordinator
Ricardo Olivero .... color timer
Tad Seaborn .... first assistant editor: avid
Peter Watson .... first assistant editor: film
Aaron Woodley .... editing intern
Bill Holley .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Holly Carroll .... music preparation
Robert Cotnoir .... music coordinator
Simon Franglen .... electronic music preparation
Gary Gray .... music scoring engineer
Tod Holcomb .... associate music editor
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Peter Schenkman .... music contractor
Howard Shore .... conductor
Howard Shore .... orchestrator
Ben Tucker .... second assistant music editor
 
Transportation Department
John Cocks .... driver
Walter Di Bacco .... driver
Robert Geeves .... driver
Jazz Helie .... transportation coordinator
Tim Hilts .... driver captain
Bill Leeking .... picture car captain
Doug Perry .... driver
Brian M. Travers .... driver: set dressing department
Grant Volkers .... driver
Dean Wittaum .... head driver
Ted Nobles .... driver: transportation department (uncredited)
Duane Shearer .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Mark Adams .... stand-in: Mr. Spader
Nicolette Beasley .... deliveries coordinator
Debra Beers .... location manager
Shelley A. Boylen .... pre-production coordinator
Francie Brown .... dialect coach
Tracey Dodokin .... assistant: Mr. Reichel
Leslie Druker .... script supervisor
Stephan Dupuis .... prosthetics designer
Prudence Emery .... publicist
Chris Gibson .... stand-in: Mr. Koteas
Joanne Jackson .... production accountant
Jamie Jones .... MotoCam operator
Beverley Kolbe .... location production assistant
Jeff Krebs .... technical consultant: avid (as Jeffrey Krebs)
Glace W. Lawrence .... line producer's intern
Mark Logan .... assistant location manager
Christine Manning .... stand-in: Ms. Unger
Ramona Ng .... assistant: Mr. Reichel
Susan Phillips .... production coordinator
Matthew Rawley .... assistant accountant (as Matthew J. Rawley)
Matthew Rawley .... post-production accountant (as Matthew J. Rawley)
Dawn Rivard .... shop coordinator
Linda Terrio .... stand-in: Ms. Hunter
Jeremy Thomas .... presenter
Phillip L. Tomalin Jr. .... assistant: Mr. Spader (as Phillip Tomalin)
Abigail Tucker .... assistant production coordinator
Sandra Tucker .... assistant: Mr. Cronenberg
Loretta Vanhart .... assistant accountant
Danny White .... technician
Andrea Wood .... business and legal affairs
G. Michael Currie .... production assistant (uncredited)
Stephan Mallmann .... business affairs: Recorded Picture Company (uncredited)
David Porter .... craft service (uncredited)
Judy Sharinger .... legal delivery supervisor (uncredited)
Ian Thompson .... production assistant (uncredited) (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated NC-17 for numerous explicit sex scenes
Runtime:
100 min | 90 min (R-rated version)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the UK the Daily Mail newspaper led the calls for the film to be banned with a front page headline reading "Ban This Car Crash Sex Film". To cover themselves against possible prosecution the BBFC consulted a QC to determine whether the film contravened the Obscene Publications Act, a psychologist to see if it could potentially incite copycat behavior, and a group of disabled people to see if the character played by Rosanna Arquette would be considered offensive to them. After all 3 consultations proved to be successful and the BBFC were able to pass the full unrated version completely uncut.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Vaughan:[talking into microphone as he walks around the car] Don't worry. That guy's gotta see us. Don't worry. That guy's gotta see us... These were the confident last words of the brilliant, young Hollywood star James Dean as he piloted his Porsche 550 Spyder race car toward a date with death along a lonely stretch of California two-lane blacktop Route 466...See more »

FAQ

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176 out of 210 people found the following review useful.
An anti-erotic exploration of the hollowness of modern life, 13 December 1999
Author: glaurung-2 from Toronto, Canada

Crash is a very sexually explicit film, but if you buy or rent this movie expecting it to be an evening's erotic entertainment, you are going to be disappointed, because it is also an anti-erotic film.

Even in the midst of frenzied lovemaking, the characters remain distant, their voices quiet and abstracted, their gazes directed inward. These are people who have been told all their lives by their culture, by TV and movies, that sex is, on the one hand, the most perfect form of communion and connection with another human being; and, on the other hand, that it is the ultimate in transcendent and transformative experiences. Instead, they discover to their horror that even during sex they still feel nothing. They crave connection, they are starved for a glimpse of transcendence, but no matter what they do, no matter who they do it with or how often, while their bodies may feel passion, their minds and hearts remain cold and empty.

In the more recent movie Pleasantville, the Jennifer/Mary Sue character is unable to feel anything either, and remains stubbornly black and white no matter how much sex she has, until her brother suggests that "maybe it isn't the sex" that is the key to moving from black and white to color, from passionlessness to feeling. Unfortunately, in Crash, there is no one to suggest to David and Catherine Ballard that maybe it isn't through sex that they will find the transformation and connection they are craving. So they instead seek more and more extreme forms of sexual stimulation, only to be disappointed again and again.

James is hurt in a car crash, and during his stay in the hospital he meets Helen (who was in the other car) and later Vaughan, a man who like James and Catherine is in desperate search of feeling, only he looks for it in the violence of car crashes. With Helen, at first James, then Catherine too is drawn into Vaughan's world, where sex and death (eros and thanatos for you Freudians) meet in the twisted metal of wrecked cars and the mutilated bodies of the victims of fatal car crashes and the survivors of near-fatal ones.

They attend staged recreations of famous car crashes, like the one that killed James Dean. They have sex in crashed cars, and start touring crash sites on the freeway as a form of foreplay. They begin to watch films of crash tests and fatal race accidents like other people would watch erotic films, and to have sex with people whose bodies have been mutilated by car crashes.

But not even the horror of mutilation or the adrenaline rush of near-death experience can lend James and Catherine's desperate coupling the depth of feeling that they so desperately crave.

Like all the people who buy expensive automobiles to give them a feeling of power and independence, only to discover that no matter how snazzy their car is, they still feel powerless and unhappy, James and Catherine have bought into one of our culture's Big Lies, that sex is the answer. This film shows us that it is not.

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