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Crash (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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Won 3 Oscars. Another 61 wins & 105 nominations. See more awards »

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Ken Ho
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Motorcycle Cop (as Sean Cory)
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Fred
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Lt. Dixon
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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 ...
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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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You think you know who you are. You have no idea. See more »

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Alto impacto  »

Box Office

Budget:

$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

Was the last Academy Award-winning film to be released on VHS in a short-print run. See more »

Goofs

When releasing the illegal Asian immigrants from the stolen delivery van, the internal cage door is open. In the next shot, it is already closed when the outer van doors are shut, even though nobody closes the cage. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

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

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Jingle Bells
(1857)
Traditional
Music by James Pierpont (uncredited)
Arrangement by Ronald A. Mendelsohn and John Carlo Dwyer
Published by JRM Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Megatrax Production Music, Inc.
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Not a Very Good Film
10 May 2007 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Given the rave fan boy reviews I re-watched Crash thinking I needed to keep an 'open mind' about it. But it's even more pretentious on second viewing. Why the 'Academy' awarded this After School Special the BP Oscar over Brokeback Mountain is anyone's guess -- certainly not because it was a better film.

Crash is contrived and predictable and its message about racism rings hollow. If this film were a dessert it would be whipped cream -- it has no substance. I couldn't empathise with any of the characters and I can't even remember their screen names two hours after having re-watched it. I will give props to Matt Dillon because I think he carried this overrated albatross on his shoulders.

Crash is an average film with an aggressive marketing machine, nothing more, to all those out there pushing this dreck as the 'best film ever' -- all I can say is get a life.


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