Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.

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Ken Ho
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Motorcycle Cop
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Fred
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Ria
Ime Etuk ...
Georgie (as Ime N. Etuk)
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Officer Gomez (as Eddie Fernandez)
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Howard Fong ...
Store Owner
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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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Rated R for language, sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 May 2005 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

As LA is such an important character in the film, Paul Haggis insisted that the film be shot there. This was despite his producers wanting to save money by filming in Toronto. See more »

Goofs

When Daniel comes in to speak with Farhad after fixing his lock, two members of the production crew can be seen attempting to hide behind one of the store shelves in the bottom-left corner of the frame. See more »

Quotes

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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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The film's title isn't shown until all of the opening credits are completed. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Matt Dillon/Arctic Monkeys (2006) See more »

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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Traditional
Arrangement by Jon Kull
Published by JRM Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Megatrax Production Music, Inc.
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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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