Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.
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
Although originally released in 2004, the film did not qualify for the following year's Academy Awards as it did not play at least one week in Los Angeles (as Academy Awards rules require for eligibility). When it was finally released in L.A. the following year, the film qualified for Oscar consideration for 2005, and it went on to win the Best Picture Oscar for that year. See more »
When Cameron pulls over to the street corner to let Anthony out of the car (after their run-in with the police,) you can see Anthony's legs getting out of the car. Then they are back in the car talking and only then does Anthony get out. See more »
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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Producers gratefully acknowledge the valuable assistance of The Culbert Family; Members of the Actors Gym, Hollywood, California. See more »
The two-disc director's cut DVD features an additional two minutes of dialogue and footage See more »
I saw this movie when it came out, and first reaction was,this is pretty entertaining, but then after seeing that everyone in this movie is an unbelievable racist, who takes any opportunity to make overdone racist comments! I mean I hear people say this is a revolutionary movie that approaches racism on a very human level, I don't know about you but I don't think it could get less human. They isolated the racial extremists and tried to make a human story? what? thats stupid! If you want to see a revolutionary and human movie that deals with racism, watch "Grand Canyon" fantastic movie with Kevin Kline, Danny Glover, Steve Martin, much better movie!!! And it didn't win the academy award! Oh and for those who argue that there was no movie that was nominated that was better, please look at the list of nominations again..."Brokeback Mountain" "Capote" "Munich" and "Good Night and Good Luck" I'm sorry, but "Capote" "Munich" and Good Night and Good Luck" were better movies!!
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