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Changing Lanes (2002)

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The story of what happens one day in New York City, when a young lawyer and a businessman share a small automobile accident on F.D.R. Drive, and their mutual road rage escalates into a feud.


Roger Michell


Chap Taylor (story), Chap Taylor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
7 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Affleck ... Gavin Banek
Samuel L. Jackson ... Doyle Gipson
Kim Staunton ... Valerie Gipson
Toni Collette ... Michelle
Sydney Pollack ... Stephen Delano
Tina Sloan ... Mrs. Delano
Richard Jenkins ... Walter Arnell
Akil Walker Akil Walker ... Stephen Gipson
Cole Hawkins Cole Hawkins ... Danny Gipson
Ileen Getz ... Ellen
Jennifer Dundas ... Mina Dunne (as Jennifer Dundas Lowe)
Matt Malloy ... Ron Cabot
Amanda Peet ... Cynthia Delano Banek
Myra Lucretia Taylor Myra Lucretia Taylor ... Judge Frances Abarbanel
Bruce Altman ... Terry Kaufman


The story of what happens one day in New York City, when a young lawyer and a businessman share a small automobile accident on F.D.R. Drive, and their mutual road rage escalates into a feud.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


An ambitious lawyer, a desperate father, they had no reason to meet, until today, See more »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

12 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fuera de control See more »


Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,128,062, 14 April 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (TV)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ben Affleck took to wearing a wetsuit under his costumes in the film's final scene, because he got so cold standing under the fire sprinklers for hours on end. See more »


When Gavin Lights the paper on fire and raises it to the sprinkler head, that type of sprinkler head would only discharge the water. No other heads would spray water. The reason for this is to minimize damage. See more »


[first lines]
Doyle Gipson: Think I'll make this the boys' room.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the staff and Militia Force members and veterans at the Marcy Avenue Armory, Brooklyn, New York. See more »

Alternate Versions

There was an early review of the movie that contained a spoiler of the ending. The ending that was originally used involved and getting into a fist fight that leads onto the balcony. They talk about right and wrong and Affleck takes the file and tears it up and the movie fades to credits. This ending was most likely cut because test audiences did not like it. It will most likely appear on the DVD. Also a small clip shown in the TV ads shows Affleck and Jackson fighting on the balcony. This was part of the original ending which explains why it was cut. See more »


Remade as Taxi No. 9211 (2006) See more »


Text for "Veneration of the Cross"
Courtesy of International Commission on English in the Liturgy
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Not a great movie, but you get something out of it, definitely.
6 November 2002 | by fedthoSee all my reviews

Basically, I share the opinion of a local newspaper in my town: for a Hollywood movie to tell a story about two very real people, two all the more everyday-people as their lives and consciences are neither pure nor desperately soiled, AND getting through it quite decntly - well, that's something.

I also will agree on a couple of things said by mattymatt4ever (now that's a long screen-name to type): Jackson is just a-ma-zing, maybe I've never seen him that good, because it's so far from his accustomed turf. I can't stand Ben Affleck, but he deserves a little credit here, though I can't help thinking he just lacks presence. Maybe it serves his character, ok. Haven't checked from where I know her, but definitely Amanda Peet does make a moment out that dinner. Which, now I think about it, is one of the few better filmed sequences.

Yeah, I can hear screams... but I thought the photography was terrible. Boring or distracting (those hand-held cameras made me sea-sick, although I can understand they where intended to induce life, nervousness, stress. Just doesn't work, for me). And the the film just barely makes it across, because there's not a lot of inspiration in the direction either. I rarely think that - and sometimes it can serve the plot - but that's tv-movie in Panavision.

God, I was so glad to see William Hurt who is such a marvelleous actor. Please, you people who can, give him some part worth of him!!!

So bottom line: go see it, there ARE ideas in there to make you think.

And take a moment to read the review by mattymatt4ever which inspired mine and who'll get a copy.

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