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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dato Bakhtadze ...
Ken Ho
Motorcycle Cop (as Sean Cory)
Lt. Dixon
Ime Etuk ...
Georgie (as Ime N. Etuk)
Officer Gomez (as Eddie Fernandez)
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Over a thirty-six hour period in Los Angeles, a handful of disparate people's lives intertwine as they deal with the tense race relations that belie life in the city. Among the players are: the Caucasian district attorney, who uses race as a political card; his Caucasian wife, who, having recently been carjacked by two black men, believes that her stereotypical views of non-whites is justified and cannot be considered racism; the two black carjackers who use their race both to their advantage and as an excuse; partnered Caucasian police constables, one who is a racist and uses his authority to harass non-whites, and the other who hates his partner because of those racist views, but who may have the same underlying values in his subconscious; a black film director and his black wife, who believes her husband doesn't support their black background enough, especially in light of an incident with the racist white cop; partnered police detectives and sometimes lovers, one Hispanic female ... Written by Huggo

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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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Did You Know?


The story of Officer John Ryan and his father comes from a piece of hate mail Paul Haggis received while he was working as a writer in the TV series Family Law (1999). See more »


When Cameron pulls over to the street corner to let Anthony out of the car (after their run-in with the police,) you can see Anthony's legs getting out of the car. Then they are back in the car talking and only then does Anthony get out. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

Producers gratefully acknowledge the valuable assistance of The Culbert Family; Members of the Actors Gym, Hollywood, California. See more »


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Swinging Doors
Written by Merle Haggard
Published by Sony / ATV Tree Publishing
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Lives in change
25 April 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

The film does not allow any character to fall into a stereotype despite the initial appearances. Everyone is redeeming, in a greater or lessor degree, in their own world, despite their frailties and prejudices. The writing is crisp and no easy turns are taken. The film has unexpected twists but none of them are contrived. Each character is developed just enough for us to develop our opinions of them and then things change. Those of us familiar with LA will recognize the icons of the city and the mix of cultures. Each character has enough prejudice or hate in his/her repertoire of life to demonstrate we had better not be too quick to judge without exploring what might in us be similar to the characters' flaws. A must see just for the pacing and script. Malcolm

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