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Writers (WGA):
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6 May 2005 (USA) See more »
It's not like things are black and white. See more »
Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won 3 Oscars. Another 70 wins & 98 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Karina Arroyave ... Elizabeth
Dato Bakhtadze ... Lucien

Sandra Bullock ... Jean

Don Cheadle ... Graham

Art Chudabala ... Ken Ho

Sean Cory ... Motorcycle Cop

Tony Danza ... Fred

Keith David ... Lt. Dixon

Loretta Devine ... Shaniqua

Matt Dillon ... Officer Ryan

Jennifer Esposito ... Ria
Ime Etuk ... Georgie (as Ime N. Etuk)

Eddie J. Fernandez ... Officer Gomez (as Eddie Fernandez)

William Fichtner ... Flanagan

Howard Fong ... Store Owner

Brendan Fraser ... Rick

Billy Gallo ... Officer Hill

Ken Garito ... Bruce

Nona Gaye ... Karen

Octavio Gómez Berríos ... Hispanic Passenger (as Octavio Gómez)
James Haggis ... Lara's Friend

Terrence Howard ... Cameron

Sylva Kelegian ... Nurse Hodges

Daniel Dae Kim ... Park

Bruce Kirby ... Pop Ryan

Ludacris ... Anthony (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges)

Jayden Lund ... Security Guard

Jack McGee ... Gun Store Owner

Amanda Moresco ... First Assistant Director

Thandie Newton ... Christine
Martin Norseman ... Conklin

Joe Ordaz ... Hispanic Driver

Greg Joung Paik ... Choi

Michael Peña ... Daniel
Yomi Perry ... Maria

Ryan Phillippe ... Officer Hanson (as Ryan Phillipe)

Alexis Rhee ... Kim Lee

Ashlyn Sanchez ... Lara

Molly Schaffer ... Woman at Locksmith's

Paul E. Short ... Officer Stone

Marina Sirtis ... Shereen

Bahar Soomekh ... Dorri

Allan Steele ... Paramedic

Kate Super ... Receptionist

Larenz Tate ... Peter

Glenn Taranto ... Country DJ (voice)

Beverly Todd ... Graham's Mother

Shaun Toub ... Farhad

Kathleen York ... Officer Johnson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Curt Clendenin ... Carjack Witness (uncredited)
Taber Cross ... Clerk (uncredited)

Alastair Douglas ... Young Peter (uncredited)

Nicholas George Stark ... Jamal (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Haggis 
Writing credits
Paul Haggis (story)

Paul Haggis (screenplay) &
Robert Moresco (screenplay) (as Bobby Moresco)

Produced by
Don Cheadle .... producer
Betsy Danbury .... co-producer
Sarah Finn .... co-producer (as Sarah Halley Finn)
Marina Grasic .... executive producer
Paul Haggis .... producer
Mark R. Harris .... producer
Randi Hiller .... co-producer
Jan Korbelin .... executive producer
Dana Maksimovich .... associate producer
Robert Moresco .... producer (as Bobby Moresco)
Tom Nunan .... executive producer
Andrew Reimer .... executive producer
Cathy Schulman .... producer
Bob Yari .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
James M. Muro (director of photography) (as J. Michael Muro)
Film Editing by
Hughes Winborne 
Casting by
Sarah Finn  (as Sarah Halley Finn)
Randi Hiller 
Production Design by
Laurence Bennett 
Art Direction by
Brandee Dell'Aringa 
Set Decoration by
Linda Lee Sutton  (as Linda Sutton-Doll)
Costume Design by
Linda M. Bass  (as Linda Bass)
Makeup Department
RaMona Fleetwood .... hair stylist (as Ramona Fleetwood)
Kerry Mendenhall .... department head hair stylist
Ben Nye Jr. .... department head makeup
Bunny Parker .... department head hair stylist
Theraesa Rivers .... key hair stylist
Kimberley Spiteri .... department head hair stylist
Michelle Vittone .... key makeup artist (as Michelle Vittone-McNeil)
Production Management
Brad Arensman .... post-production supervisor
Betsy Danbury .... unit production manager
Mads Hansen .... production supervisor
Robert Katz .... executive in charge of production
Joel T. Pashby .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Cameron .... first assistant director
Ime Etuk .... second second assistant director (as Ime N. Etuk)
Simone Farber .... second assistant director
Casey Mako .... additional second second assistant director
Christian Pichler .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Scott Ambrose .... property master
Brian Barr .... art department intern
James R. Barrows .... set dresser (as James Barrows)
Daniel Brodo .... leadman
Nicki Cohen .... buyer
Cary Conway .... lead paint foreman (as Cary 'NW' Conway)
Steve Dennis .... painter
Stacy Doran .... set dresser
Marcus Epps .... set dresser
Joseph W. Grafmuller .... leadman (as Joseph Grafmuller)
Maya S. Grafmuller .... set dresser (as Maya Grafmuller)
Jay Jergensen .... construction coordinator (as John W. Jergensen)
Paul 'Butch' Kitchen Jr. .... assistant prop master (as Paul Butch Kitchen)
Bruce Purcell .... set dresser
Cynthia C. Rebman .... on-set dresser (as Cynthia Rebman)
Oswaldo Rojas .... propmaker
Philip Ryan .... painter
David Saenz de Maturana .... on-set dresser (as David Saenz De Maturana)
Homberto Saenz .... laborer (as Humberto Saenz)
Bradford W. Shoemaker .... construction foreman
Jonathan Woods .... storyboard artist (as Jonathan B. Woods)
Brian DeNike .... on-set greensman (uncredited)
Michael F. Loomer .... props (uncredited)
Tek J. Smith .... scenic artist: set (uncredited)
Jack White .... food stylist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... re-recording mixer
Derek Lee Bell .... additional audio
Zack Davis .... dialog editor (as Zach Davis)
Keren Falkenstein .... additional audio
Tim Farrell .... additional audio
Carl Fischer .... boom operator
Marc Fishman .... re-recording mixer (as Marc David Fishman)
Sandy Gendler .... supervising sound editor
Chato Hill .... digital sound assistant
Adam Jenkins .... re-recording mixer
Eric Lamb .... digital sound assistant
Carrie Lisonbee .... digital sound assistant
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Ryan Murphy .... sound re-recordist
Andy Potvin .... consultant: Dolby
Rocky Quiroz .... utility sound technician
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Joel Shryack .... boom operator
Unsun Song .... sound re-recordist
Greg Steele .... adr mixer (as Greg Steel)
Richard Van Dyke .... sound mixer
Karen Vassar Triest .... dialog editor (as Karen Vassar)
Jason Wade .... additional audio
Julie Altus .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Steve Bartkowicz .... re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Courtney Bishop .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Michael Miller .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Magic A. Moreno .... Mag and Optical Transfer Engineer (uncredited)
Jason Wade .... adr assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Scott M. Austin .... special effects foreman
Dan Edwards .... special effects technician (as Danny Edwards)
Jeffrey Machit .... special effects technician (as Jeffrey C. Machit)
Doyle Smiley .... special effects technician
Ron Trost .... special effects coordinator
Bryan Wohlers .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Sean Applegate .... effects animator: Luma Pictures
Artaya Boonsoong .... lead technical supervisor: Luma Pictures
Dean Chamberlain .... producer: iO Film
Andy Chih-Jen Chang .... digital compositor: Luma Pictures
Chad Dombrova .... digital effects technician: Luma Pictures
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging supervisor: iO Film (as Christopher Dusendschön)
Evan Edelist .... production executive: iO Film
Saeed Faridzadeh .... digital compositor: Luma Pictures
H Haden Hammond .... compositor: Luma Pictures
H Haden Hammond .... effects animator: Luma Pictures
Justin Johnson .... lead digital compositor: Luma Pictures
Wendy Klein .... digital compositor: Luma Pictures
Tim Krubsack .... production executive: iO Film
Julie Landholt .... end title graphics: iO Film (as J. Kathryn Landholt)
Artin Matousian .... digital effects technician: Luma Pictures
Glenn Morris .... visual effects coordinator: Luma Pictures
Kevin Mullican .... color science/imaging r&d: iO Film
Ian Noe .... visual effects producer: Luma Pictures
David Schoneveld .... effects animator: Luma Pictures
Payam Shohadai .... visual effects supervisor: Luma Pictures
Thanapoom Siripopungul .... digital compositor: Luma Pictures
Daniel E. Zobrist .... lead matchmover: Luma Pictures (as Daniel Zobrist)
Unjoo Lee Byars .... producer: main title (uncredited)
Kyle Cassidy .... digital compositor: Luma Pictures (uncredited)
Russ Honican .... main title design (uncredited)
Hank Amos .... stunt performer
Erik Betts .... stunt performer
Dartenea Bryant .... stunt performer
Keith Campbell .... stunt performer
Chris Carnel .... stunt performer (as Christopher Carnel)
Jack Carpenter .... stunt performer
Kofi Elam .... stunt performer
Randolph LeRoi .... stunt performer (as Randolph Leroi)
Delma Miranda .... stunt performer
Robair Sims .... stunt performer
Monica Staggs .... stunt performer
Dean Wayton .... stunt performer
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt coordinator (as Gary Wayton)
April Weeden .... stunt performer (as April Washington)
Curt Bonn .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Richie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul E. Short .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Arnold .... electrician
Art Bartels .... key grip
Lee Blasingame .... first assistant camera
Kirk Bloom .... second assistant camera (as Kirk L. Bloom)
Bruce Chimerofsky .... best boy grip
James 'Spud' Danicic .... additional second assistant camera
Robert Estrella Jr. .... additional dolly grip
Cole Gibson .... camera intern
Jeff Goldberg .... grip
Dana Gonzales .... camera operator
Dana Gonzales .... director of photography: second unit
Dylan Goss .... director of photography: aerial unit
Robert Heine .... additional first assistant camera
Sam Kretchmar .... camera intern
David Fred Masselink .... digital imaging technician: iO Film (as D. Fred Masselink)
Richie Metcalfe .... grip (as Lawton 'Richie' Metcalfe)
Dayton Nietert .... gaffer
Masahiro Onodera .... camera assistant: aerial unit
Scott Pepin .... electrician
Raul Riveros .... camera loader
David Ross .... camera intern
Jesse Rushton .... electrician
Jim Saldutti .... grip
Todd Schlopy .... additional first assistant camera (as R. Todd Schlopy)
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
Jim Sheldon .... still photographer
Victor Svimonoff .... rigging gaffer
Will Whitaker .... wireless video link operator
James D. Wickman .... dolly grip
Darryl Wilson .... rigging key grip
Christopher A. Zwirner .... best boy electric
Ben Bowling .... electrician (uncredited)
Shane Buttle .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Shane Buttle .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
John S. Campbell .... night light operator (uncredited)
Matthew A. Del Ruth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Andrew Dumas .... second assistant camera: additional unit (uncredited)
Alan Jacoby .... additional film loader (uncredited)
Timothy Jipping .... grip (uncredited)
Alexandra Lucka .... additional camera loader (uncredited)
James M. Muro .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Ray Patrick .... super technocrane operator (uncredited)
Chris Shadley .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Amy Greene .... casting assistant
Jimmy Jue .... extras casting
Erika Sellin .... casting associate
Kathryn Lyn Long .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Cheung .... set costumer
Bridgitte Ferry .... set costumer (as Brigitte Ferry)
Leyla Jabbar .... wardrobe intern
Gail Just .... wardrobe supervisor
Eve-Gerri Pagliarulo .... wardrobe intern
Romeo Pompa .... set costumer
Isabela Braga .... costumer (uncredited)
Alana Caudillo .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Adam Hawkey .... digital colorist: iO Film (as Adam S. Hawkey)
Sean Hubbert .... first assistant film editor
Michael John Koetter .... assistant digital colorist: iO Film (as Michael Koetter)
Joel T. Pashby .... post-production coordinator (as Joel Pashby)
J.D. McDonald .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Ed Twiford .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Bob Wenokur .... studio post-production representative (uncredited)
Location Management
David Diamond .... assistant location manager
Jennifer Dunne .... location manager (as Jennifer W. Dunne)
Janet Harold .... assistant location manager
Leslie A. Morrow .... key assistant location manager
Scott Mosher .... assistant location manager (as Scott D. Mosher)
Music Department
James Burt .... music editor (as Jim Burt)
Richard Glasser .... music supervisor
Mark Isham .... music arranger
Mark Isham .... music producer
Mark Isham .... musician
Stephen Krause .... music recordist-mixer
Jason La Rocca .... assistant scoring mixer
Cindy O'Connor .... additional music arranger
Mark Reveley .... music assistant
Curtis Roush .... music editor
Jay Faires .... music executive (uncredited)
Shiro Gutzie .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Joel C. High .... music executive (uncredited)
Rebecca Rienks .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tony Barattini .... driver
Tracey V. Black .... driver (as Tracy Black)
David R. Blakely .... driver
Daren Bojarski .... driver
Roger Bojarski .... transportation captain (as Roger S. Bojarski)
Brad Campbell .... driver
John Campbell .... driver
Corey Dail .... driver
Derew Frutos .... driver
Jay Galloway .... driver
Curt Michael Grooms .... driver
Virgie Haltman .... driver (as Virgie Halteman)
Kevin Loding .... driver (as Kevin P. Loding)
Eric Moon .... driver
Michael Perrotti .... transportation coordinator
Juan Ramirez .... transportation co-captain (as Juan J. Ramirez)
Domiciano Rodriquez .... driver (as Dom Rodriguez)
George A. Sack .... driver (as George Sack)
Clinton J. Taylor .... driver (as Clinton Taylor)
Sal Velásquez .... driver (as Sal Velasquez)
Gina August .... driver (uncredited)
William P. Lafon .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Thomas Becker .... business and legal affairs: ApolloProScreen
Tony Black .... assistant to cast
Andrew Blau .... production coordinator
David Bojarski .... assistant to cast
Paul Borbon .... stand-in
Erik Bright .... unit publicist
Luis Brito .... catering chef: Hanna Brothers
James Cameron .... production assistant
Jackie Chiquete .... stand-in
Hugo Cortez .... catering assistant: Hanna Brothers
Heather I. Denton .... production assistant
John Federico .... production assistant
Thorsten Felscher .... financial affairs: ApolloProScreen
Jordan Brendan Finnegan .... key set production assistant (as Jordan Finnegan)
Felicia Flick .... assistant: Ms. Schulman
Kelli Gillam .... post-production accountant
Paul Giorgi .... payroll accountant
Rob Hamer .... production assistant
Ethan Higbee .... assistant to cast
Barbara J. Keys .... set medic (as Barbara Keys)
Howard Keys .... set medic (as Howard M. Keys)
Richard D. Lewis .... finance
Richard D. Lewis .... production executive
Michael J. Linowes .... production legal services: Linowes & Burkin (as Michael J. Linowes Esq.)
Jay Mason .... script supervisor
Richard McDonough .... assistant to producers
Peter McKernan .... pilot (as Peter J. McKernan)
Dale Ottley .... production secretary
Richie Parker .... stand-in (as Richard Parker)
Tanoa Parks .... production accountant
Daniel Rosenthal .... production assistant
Jimmy Rudon .... production assistant (as Jimmy 'Bling' Rudin)
Gian Sardar .... assistant: Mr. Haggis
Kai Schürmann .... production supervisor: ApolloProScreen (as Kai Schuermann)
Jack Stern .... studio teacher
Shelly Strong .... production executive
Daniel Stutz .... business and legal affairs executive
Tiffany Thomas .... first assistant accountant
Mark Thomason .... stand-in
Angel Villatoro .... catering assistant: Hanna Brothers
Ian Watermeier .... staff coordinator
Jörg Westerkamp .... production executive: ApolloProScreen (as Joerg Westerkamp)
Dana Wilkey .... product placement
Nicole Wirtz .... stand-in
Charlotte Young .... assistant legal affairs
Josef Brandmaier .... corporate finance (uncredited)
Unjoo Lee Byars .... main title producer (uncredited)
Nadine Deckensattl .... assistant business affairs (uncredited)
Thomas Fischer .... legal affairs (uncredited)
Suraj Gohill .... production lender (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
Jonathan Heine .... production financing (uncredited)
Warner Loughlin .... acting coach (uncredited)
Michael McIntyre .... creative director: main titles (uncredited)
Jeanmarie Murphy-Burke .... publicity notes (uncredited)
Mikki Pallas .... unspecified assistant (uncredited)
Julie Polkes .... publicist (uncredited)
Lina Shanklin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Brad Shoemaker .... general foreman (uncredited)
Algerita Wynn .... photo double (uncredited)
Anita W. Addison .... dedicatee: (1952-2004 a great friend) (as Anita Addison)
Aliya Allyn .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Tim Allyn .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Laurence Becsey .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of (as Larry Becsey)
Donna Buchanan .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Unjoo Lee Byars .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Michael Chaiken .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of (as Dr. Michael Chaiken)
Tony Danza .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Rick Gold .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Meredith Grindlinger .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Ted Haggis .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Floy Hawkins .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Marshall Herskovitz .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Jason Isaacs .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Carl Lumbly .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Rosie McCann .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Buckley Norris .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Chuck Parker .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Pam Perry .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Mike Pietrzak .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Rebecca Pollack .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Deborah Rennard .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Salli Richardson-Whitfield .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of (as Salli Richardson)
Robyn Roth .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Neil Sacker .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Janet Salas .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Anthony Santa Croce .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
John Segota .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Todd Sharp .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Mary Jo Slater .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Ryk St. Vincent .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Allan Steele .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Ronald Sue .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of (as Dr. Ronald Sue)
Glenn Taranto .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Jeff Wachtel .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Deborah Wettstein .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Randy Wiggins .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Chuck Worthen .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Catherine Zappa .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Randy Zisk .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language, sexual content and some violence
112 min | 115 min (director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Austria:12 | Belgium:KT | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-12/9 (2012 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-11/9 (original rating) | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | India:A | Ireland:15A | Ireland:15 (DVD rating) | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:U (DVD) | Malaysia:(Banned) (theatrical) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 (original rating) | Spain:16 (2014) | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:R-12 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #40991) | USA:Unrated (director's cut)

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Ryan Phillippe appeared in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) while Jennifer Esposito appeared in the sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998).See more »
Continuity: When Graham is investigating the Conklin shooting, the blood stain pattern and bullet hole position on the Mercedes window is different between the pan out view of the dead driver and when Graham approaches the vehicle and picks up the gun.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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626 out of 915 people found the following review useful.
Volatile Redemption, 13 May 2005
Author: Mercy Bell (mercybell) from MA

"Crash" is a complex movie with a simple premise: set in Los Angeles it follows 8 main characters (and many, many more supporting) from all walks of life and races whose lives intersect at some point during one 24 hour period. These people are all different yet all alienated, to the point of breaking, so much so that when they come together, things explode.

The complexity of the film comes from the encounters between characters and their tangled lives and worlds. Haggis' screenplay is so intricate and delicately written I couldn't begin to try to summarize the actual plot line (which destines this article to be kind of vague), but everyone meets everyone else at some point in the film (and there are a whole lot of characters). Sufficed to say these meetings are variably intense, casual, fleeting, dangerous, but they all effect the participants in profound and provocative ways, causing lives to find enlightenment or swerve violently, and watching it all unfold is mesmerizing because Paul Haggis (Oscar Nominated writer of Million Dollar Baby) made the film meaty with messy characters and topics and stories to chew and hurtle along with.

The all-encompassing theme of the film is racism, and it is dealt with bluntly, honestly, and without reservation. Every single character participates in the perpetuation of the ugly cycle but also suffers because of it. Where racism makes for an interesting enough subject for an already provoking and fairly experimental film (I was surprised to see this get wide release), it's only the catalyst for a deeper, resounding story of redemption and the universality of our lonely situation which the movie becomes during its second hour (what you could call Act II). It switches from a somewhat depressing contemplative amalgamation of moments about racism in everyday life and how destructive it is, to a throbbing, intense web of choices and consequences -- life and death, vivifying or soul killing -- and the chance at redemption.

Following their actions in Act I, everyone meets a fork in the road or is given a second chance of some sort. Some take it, some don't, but regardless, by the end of the movie everyone has changed. This is what gives the movie wings during its second hour, makes it interesting, keeps you guessing and on knife's-edge. It also gives the characters depth and souls and shows that despite perceived and upheld differences, when it comes down to it we aren't different (which we see in a shattering scene between Ryan Philippe and Larenz Tate after Tate notices that he and Philippe have the same St. Christopher statue), in fact we desperately need each other. It's one of the few films I've seen where everyone is at fault somehow and yet there are no villains. It makes it hopeful, particularly with something as ugly as racism: everyone's fallible, but everyone has the capacity for good and nobility. That said, each of these character's inner struggles makes for all the conflict and resolution you need.

A talented ensemble drives the film, sharing almost equal amounts of screen time, but the folks who really stood out and had my full attention each time were Terrence Howard (plays a TV director), Matt Dillon (as a patrol cop), Sandra Bullock (a rich housewife), , Don Cheadle (a detective), and Michael Peña (a locksmith). These five gave deeply, deeply felt performances portraying a wide range of emotions and personal situations, giving souls -- alone, yearning, and searching in a world that doesn't seem to care -- to shells of imperfect people. But the actors triumph in little moments of human contact: a glance, an embrace, a pause, a smile, a wince, things that breath the film to life and with simple visuals give it profundity. This is beautifully illustrated in a small scene between the downward spiraling Jean (Sandra Bullock) and her maid after she's begun to realize all her problems may not be about the two black guys who car jacked her, but her own life.

Some closing notes: it's obvious it's a debut. At times the dialogue and acting can be stilted and unnatural; some of the initial "racial" situations seem forced; certain scenes could have used some editing or fine tuning, but by the end I didn't care. It also may be helpful to know that the first hour spends its time setting everything up for Act II, although it will seem more like a photo essay on racism than a setup. But by the time Act I ends you're ready for something substantial to happen, and at the perfect moment, stuff happens. I was entirely satisfied with this movie, I couldn't have asked for anything more. Still it's impressive, with his debut Haggis made a film that magically maintains a storytelling balancing act about people's lives that almost seamlessly flows, takes an honest look at racism with an understanding of mankind, a belief in redemption, and even hope. As I walked out of the theater into the rainy night it resonated with me and colored my thoughts as I made my way through the crowds of unknown fellow people filling the cinema. That's about all I can ask for in a film.

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