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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)
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Ime Etuk ...
Georgie (as Ime N. Etuk)
Officer Gomez (as Eddie Fernandez)
Howard Fong ...
Store Owner


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?


First Best Picture film since Rocky (1976) to win only three Oscars. See more »


In the beginning when Graham is examining the shoe with his pen, he touches the top near the laces. Later, when the movie comes back to this scene and he is examining the shoe, his pen touches a different part. 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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As Performed by Vie Marshall
Written by Adrian Bailey, Oliver Nathan, Justin Bandy
Published by O Natty Music
Used Courtesy of Wax Paper Records
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Review: Ensemble cast delivers top-notch performances in reflective drama
11 September 2004 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

In a drama strikingly reminiscent in style and tone of P.T. Anderson's film Magnolia (1999), the narrative in Crash shifts between 5 or 6 different groups of seemingly unconnected characters, whose relationships to each other are only revealed in the end.

Not to be confused with the David Cronenberg feature of the same name, this Crash is the feature-length, studio-released directorial debut of veteran Canadian TV writer/producer/director and two-time Emmy-winner Paul Haggis. An in-depth exploration on the themes of racism and prejudice, cause and effect, chance and coincidence, and tragedy, "crash" is a metaphor for the collisions between strangers in the course of day-to-day existence. Set over a 24-hour period in contemporary L.A., it is a social commentary on the interconnectedness of life in the big city.

Crash features a top-notch ensemble cast which includes: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, Brendan Fraser, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Loretta Devine, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillipe and Larenz Tate. All put in superb performances in a tight script which is at once gritty, heartwarming, shocking, tragic and witty, and which will ring true with viewers of all demographics.

Centering around two disturbing car accidents, a carjacking, vicious workplace vandalism, and the suspicious shooting death of one police officer by another, the drama is set against the backdrop of a racist LAPD and Los Angeles justice system. Action shifts between the various characters, whose lives collide with each other in unpredictable ways as each faces their own moral dilemma, and tries to cope with the consequences of their resulting decision made or action taken. Each of the dozen or so main characters undergoes some type of a personal metamorphosis as the various story lines head toward a striking, common conclusion, which succeeds at being both cathartic and unsettling.

Crash is backed by a solid and varied, original soundtrack and excellent cinematography. Sweeping, wider shots alternate with disjointed camera angles which convey the chaos and confusion of the characters and the unpredictability of life. Occasional lingering close-ups -- on occasion without sound -- capture the actors' facial expressions, which suitably detail key moments of the characters' aching pain, fear, anger, bitter anguish, remorse or grief, far better than any dialogue could.

This breathtaking film is destined to be a critical smash and box-office hit. Five stars.

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