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Crash (I) (2004)

R  |   |  Drama  |  6 May 2005 (USA)
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Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.



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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alto impacto  »

Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,107,071 (USA) (6 May 2005)


$230,508 (Hong Kong) (7 July 2006)

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[first lines]
Graham: It's the sense of touch. In any real city, you walk, you know? You brush past people, people bump into you. In L.A., nobody touches you. We're always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something.
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Written by Mark Isham
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a cinematic experience
24 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A monumental tableau of two-dimensional archetypes of bigots and good people, who when their surfaces are scratched, are transformed into good people and cowards. Set in L.A., a city of three hundred people, the cartoon-like characters so cleverly fit our stereotypes that we are instantly drawn into this land of make-believe and raise not the slightest objection when they methodically and with precision timing crash into one another at the most dramaturgically correct moments. Magical and eye-opening are the only ways to describe this cinematic experience, especially popular with high school students and Hollywood types who gape in shock at how racist and bigoted we truly are. Profound, moving and as believable as snow falling in L.A. on cue in the final scenes. As Kelly Bundy (Christina Applegate) of Married ... with Children would say, "Kinda makes you think."

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