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

Director:

Paul Haggis

Writers:

Paul Haggis (story), Paul Haggis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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1,159 ( 110)
Won 3 Oscars. Another 63 wins & 112 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 ... 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 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

In the years following the release of Crash (2004), director Paul Haggis admitted that his film did not deserve to win the Academy Award for Best Picture over the much-more acclaimed and respected Brokeback Mountain (2005). See more »

Goofs

When Daniel comes in to speak with Farhad after fixing his lock, two members of the production crew can be seen attempting to hide behind one of the store shelves in the bottom-left corner of the frame. 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

The film's title isn't shown until all of the opening credits are completed. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Will & Grace: Bi-Plane (2020) 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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User Reviews

 
Shockingly Overrated
13 June 2005 | by skoperaSee all my reviews

I can't believe all the reviews I'm reading. And not just on IMDb but in the printed press too. People seem to love this movie, and I don't understand.

I felt it was a solid movie with excellent music and cinematography. Yet, if that was all that mattered, Phantom Menace would be an Oscar winner.

It seemed to me that there were very few original ideas in the script. The racial plot lines were done better in "Grand Canyon", "Do the Right Thing" and "Boyz n the Hood".

If you haven't seen any of the above movies, perhaps "Crash" will open up your eyes to the depths of the racial divide in this country. Otherwise, you're better off with something a little more subtle and original.


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Release Date:

6 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,107,071, 8 May 2005

Gross USA:

$54,580,300

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,410,061
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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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