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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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Awards:
8 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Orgasm of Burning Rubber. See more (284 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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Additional Details

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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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the novel by J.G. Ballard from which this film derives, Vaughan's goal is to achieve sexual climax by crashing his car into the limo of Elizabeth Taylor, and gruesomely killing her, a plot item not retained (obviously) for the film.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:[speaking into microphone] I myself shall play the role of Dean's racing mechanic Rolf Voudrich, sent over from the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen, Germany. Now, this mechanic was himself fated to die in a car crash in Germany 26 years later.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Peep Show: Sistering (#3.4)" (2005)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the R-Rated cut and the NC-17 version of the movie?
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25 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
The Orgasm of Burning Rubber., 13 March 2006
Author: Yuto_Zeiram from Netherlands

"How many orgasms per mile can you get ?" This is one of the catching tag lines of the movie "Crash". Again Cronenberg delivers a dive into human psychic, the world of dark obsession, and twisted fantasy's.

The plot:

A sexually frustrated couple starts experimenting with the outlines of anonymous sex. It is the husband James Ballard (James Spader) who gets into a car crash with Dr. Ellen Remington (Holly Hunter) and her husband. They crash frontally and both Ballard and Remington are seriously injured. Remington's husband dies while being launched from his seat through his own windshield into Ballards. Ballard ends up in the hospital, traumatized, trying to recover from his injuries. He gets into deeper contact with Helen Remington. Their mutual Crash-victim status brings them closer together, ultimately delivering them into the sump-oil-soaked world of the pathological Vaughan (Elias Koteas). Renegade scientist and leader of a strange subterranean group, Vaughan is only able to achieve sexual release by crashing into people on the motorways surrounding Heathrow airport. Getting sucked into his world, Ballard becomes obsessed with car crashes, and dives into the illegal world of "thrill seeking" and raw and hard (but mostly cold) sex.

The review:

To be quiet honest "Crash" is a very underestimated picture. First of all there are a serious amount of people who thought that the subject was laughable, and not to be taken serious, for how could you take something like this serious ?

After crashing your car and being injured, having sex with the victim of a car-crash ?

Apart from the post-traumatic stress that can appear after such an incident it also triggers a lot of adrenaline, which is almost a self produced drug. Cronenberg cuts a subject which is still very much of a taboo, the "thrill seeking taboo". You got a lot of so called thrill seekers now these days, which can result into ghost riding on the freeway, climbing on buildings without security etc. All in all the thrill seek element isn't that original.

This is where Cronenberg has looked for a thrill that rushes into a perverse sexual outburst. After the shock of crashing into a car, the adrenaline, the rush of the experience becomes so real, you feel so alive that you need to let it all out, which comes into the act of "making love". Cronenberg is trying to paint the audience a picture of an event like this.

Based on J.G. Ballards novel "Crash" which was quiet detached and cold, the director follows in style with the dark freeways of Canada, showing that even in your car you are not always save, and how a car can become the ultimate "drive" for pleasure. The problem with this film (like many others) is that it is so far out there that you either hate it or love it. The pacing is rather slow in the beginning and its hard to get into, if you don't understand the psychology that lies underneath the dialog. The movie has a solid script but the subject and material is not accessible for everybody. James Spader who often (he almost could be a stereotype) plays sexual frustrated protagonists ("Sex,Lies,and Videotapes", "Secretary", "Speaking of Sex") delivers a terrific performance here. His distant and alienated acting fits perfectly into the dark en and sensual story, and doesn't come as a insincere or "over the top". Some people felt that Koteas and Hunter performances where a little flat, but they have just the balance between low key and an over the top performance (Koteas more than Hunter). You got to keep in mind that these people are already deranged from the beginning. What you see is simply a drop falling into bucket that is overflowing.

The use of light and shadow is very subtle and excellently done by cinematographer Peter Suschitzky. He really knows how to pull you into a certain world, that LOOKS like ours but feels very different. In any case I can recommend the movie if you want to watch something different. A lot of people will not understand the weight this film carries, and therefore this movie will be underrated, or simply will be put aside as boring or unrealistic. THIS IS A MISTAKE,... don't put it away, watch it, and feel the awkwardness. The result ?

"Humans really are quiet weird creatures..."

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