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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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21 March 1997 (USA) See more »
The most controversial film you will ever see. See more »
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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  (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)

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 .... 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 .... re-recording mixer
Orest Sushko .... 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)
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
Mark 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)
Location Management
Debra Beers .... location manager
Beverley Kolbe .... location production assistant
Mark Logan .... assistant location manager
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
Craig Braginsky .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
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
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
Jeff Krebs .... technical consultant: avid (as Jeffrey Krebs)
Glace W. Lawrence .... line producer's intern
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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Also Known As:
Rated NC-17 for numerous explicit sex scenes
100 min | 90 min (R-rated version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Despite the film's hugely controversial subject matter and its subsequent banning from cinemas in the Westminster area of London the full NC-17 version was passed completely uncut by the BBFC.See more »
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 »
James Ballard:I'm beginning to feel like a potted plant.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) (TV)See more »


What are the differences between the R-Rated cut and the NC-17 version of the movie?
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124 out of 173 people found the following review useful.
What a bunch of weirdo's! Awesome movie!, 30 December 2003
Author: Skeptic459 ( from Auckland, New Zealand.

Crash caused a huge stir in the United Kingdom. Many conservatives were outraged by the combination of sex, already an issue of danger because of aids, and traffic accidents. Dangerous driving is like smoking, a subject that you just can't touch without many moral watchdogs chasing you through a hellish puritan junkyard.

I remember seeing this and a middle aged to elderly man in the theater began to quite obviously...ahem...trouser cough. This was one hell of a way to clear the cinema! That moment is pretty much like this film. Crash has weird sex and masterbation, stuff that you do not really want to see. But David Cronenberg with the help of James Ballard drags us into a world that just takes the whole 'I love cars' boy racer thing way too far! It is just not healthy...

Ballard writes in a bleak monotone. A monotone that Chuck Palahniuk seeks to imitate unsuccessfully. All of his characters are alien because of their lack of emotion. Cronenberg takes this aspect and runs with it. This makes the film good not because of the familiarity and sympathy that the viewer can build with the characters. It is actually quite the opposite, the film strikes the viewer because of the sheer UNREALITY of what is happening. The complete and utter icy way that everything is presented just leaves the viewer going 'what?' Am I watching a bunch of jellyfish here? The characters are so jaded. Trying desperately to experience emotion in an industrialized emotionless world. A world that has become nothing more than a production line. Good Ford! Sorry, Huxley joke. Nerdy but necessary.

Also, Cronenberg is presenting a discourse that the famous intellectual Donna Haraway puts forward. That basically the human race has become cyborgs. The the human form is constantly changing. That machines are changing our humanity and crash seems to say that our own sexuality can mingle with the mundane machines that we hold so dear. Oh no! I am getting flashbacks of the crazed artist! Besides I bet in the future, terminators would make much more money as sexual partners, rather than as assassins. Imagine that, a beautiful spouse who always thinks your right and never argues with you. I LOVE THE FUTURE!

Sex is considered to be the ultimate joining of two people. The most intimate way that human beings can connect to one another. Wrong! This film suggests that sex means...well, nothing really. Procreation and a simple physical reaction. This is shown by James Spader and his wife's, Deborah Unger, relationship. These two are so jaded they tell each other their sexual adventures for attempted excitement but feel absolutely nothing. Certainly not some sought of emotional closeness to one another.

This film is just so incredibly empty. But it is also a comment on the human condition. How we make almost suicidal attempts to attain pleasure. If this was a film about heroin for instance, about junkies, this film would be much more understandable. Ballard has taken this addictive, self destructive behaviour and replaced it with an everyday object. The motor car. It is a brilliantly simple idea! But look at how many people it has horrified and offended! C'mon people, are we really this stupid? Sex and drugs, sex and violence. Sex, drugs and violence. These things are all o.k. Portrayed constantly in Hollywood movies. Van Diesel anybody? But sex and car accidents, how dare you? What kind of a sick freak are you??!! Consider how hypocritical this is when you watch something like Fast and the Furious.

This is also a film that features the psychological nature of fetish heavily. Instead of having the common fetish for breasts or bottoms, which again people might find more understandable. The fetish is actually for wounds and crash test dummy videos! That scene with Rosanna Arquette, ewww! Would that work? This is definitely something that no one should try at home.

David Cronenberg really deserves credit for making this film. He really has some big balls and respects the intelligence of the audience, which I however do not. All of the actors deserve much credit for taking on some truly difficult material. They must really trust the director. I'm surprised no one said 'no David, you are out to lunch on this one!' This film could have become a parody so easily. Never have I seen a film where everyone in the audience seemed so uncomfortable with the material. In fact, when I saw this film without the trouser coughing, people still walked out. It hasn't been since Salo that I have see a movie upset so many people. I give this 8 out of 10 for sheer weirdness. A great moment in a major auteur's career who is not afraid to take risks. Hollywood take note!

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