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

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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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6 May 2005 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$54,557,348 (USA) (31 March 2006)
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Trivia

In the recent awards tradition, usually the movie that wins the Golden Globe as Best Picture (Drama or Comedy/Musical) ends up winning the Best Picture Oscar. This movie succeeded in winning the latter without getting a nomination as Best Picture Drama at the Globes, a rare instance. As of 2016, it remains the last film to achieve such fate. See more »

Goofs

When Daniel is putting his daughter to bed, her pastel quilt twice changes position from the periwinkle patterned side to the square and rectangle side. 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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in 'Crash' Featurette (2005) See more »

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El llamar de pasion
Performed by Shani Rigsbee (as Shani)
Written by Shani Rigsbee, Elmer Cortez
Published by Cherokee Charm Music (ASCAP) / IRS Music / Warner / Chappell (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Ark 21 Records/Cherokee Music Group
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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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