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Crash (2004)

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

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Paul Haggis

Writers:

Paul Haggis (story), Paul Haggis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 64 wins & 111 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karina Arroyave ... Elizabeth
Dato Bakhtadze Dato Bakhtadze ... Lucien
Sandra Bullock ... Jean
Don Cheadle ... Graham
Art Chudabala ... Ken Ho
Sean Cory Cooper ... Motorcycle Cop (as Sean Cory)
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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

You think you know who you are. You have no idea. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Persian | Spanish | Mandarin | Korean

Release Date:

6 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crash See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,107,071, 8 May 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$54,580,300, 6 April 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,410,061, 12 July 2006
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Cusack was the original choice for the role of District Attorney Rick Cabot, which eventually went to Brendan Fraser. 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

[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 »

Alternate Versions

The two-disc director's cut DVD features an additional two minutes of dialogue and footage See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Let My Puppets Come (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Whiskey Town
Written and Performed by Moot Davis
Published by Highway Kind Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Little Dog Records
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A near miss
14 January 2006 | by PaulLondonSee all my reviews

Haggis' directorial debut is a powerful and thought provoking look at a slice of LA life. In some ways, with its multi strands, it reminded me of some of Altman's "Nashville". The film successfully pulls all the strands together to make some pertinent points about different races fearing and misunderstanding each other without resorting to platitude too much.

On the flip side I found it schematic, too reliant on coincidence and frequently implausible (it would seem that there are only 5 cops including Officers Dillon and Phillipe in the whole of LAPD). At some points the film begins to bow under the weight of its own ambition - I would usually say that is a good thing, but here I felt that less incident would have given the characters more space to breath and come alive for the viewer. At times I felt that the characters moved from interesting 3D portrayals to screenwriters mouthpiece and this distanced me from an otherwise powerful film We need intelligent and provocative cinema and, in many ways, Crash delivers but I still think that it has been overrated by an audience desperate for something more than the usual popcorn fare


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