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Crash (2004)

Crash (2004)

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Critic Consensus: A raw and unsettling morality piece on modern angst and urban disconnect, Crash examines the dangers of bigotry and xenophobia in the lives of interconnected Angelenos.

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Issues of race and gender cause a group of strangers in Los Angeles to physically and emotionally collide in this drama from director and screenwriter Paul Haggis. Graham (Don Cheadle) is a police detective whose brother is a street criminal, and it hurts him to know his mother cares more about his ne'er-do-well brother than him. Graham's partner is Ria (Jennifer Esposito), who is also his girlfriend, though she has begun to bristle at his emotional distance, as well as his occasional insensitivity over the fact he's African-American and she's Hispanic. Rick (Brendan Fraser) is an L.A. district attorney whose wife, Jean (Sandra Bullock), makes little secret of her fear and hatred of people unlike herself. Jean's worst imaginings about people of color are confirmed when her SUV is carjacked by two African-American men -- Anthony (Chris Bridges, aka Ludacris), who dislikes white people as much as Jean hates blacks, and Peter (Larenz Tate), who is more open minded. Cameron (Terrence Howard) is a well-to-do African-American television producer with a beautiful wife, Christine (Thandie Newton). While coming home from a party, Cameron and Christine are pulled over by Officer Ryan (Matt Dillon), who subjects them to a humiliating interrogation (and her to an inappropriate search) while his new partner, Officer Hansen (Ryan Phillippe), looks on. Daniel (Michael Pena) is a hard-working locksmith and dedicated father who discovers that his looks don't lead many of his customers to trust him. And Farhad (Shaun Toub) is a Middle Eastern shopkeeper who is so constantly threatened in the wake of the 9/11 attacks that he decided he needs a gun to defend his family. Crash was the first directorial project for award-winning television and film writer Haggis. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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R (for language, sexual content and some violence)
Genre:
Drama
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Box Office:
$55,382,847.00
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Cast

Sandra Bullock
as Jean Cabot
Don Cheadle
as Det. Graham Waters
Matt Dillon
as Sgt. Ryan
William Fichtner
as Jake Flanagan
Brendan Fraser
as Dist. Atty. Richard `Rick' Cabot
Larenz Tate
as Peter Waters
Ryan Phillippe
as Off. Tom Hansen
Thandie Newton
as Christine
Michael Peña
as Daniel Ruiz
Shaun Toub
as Farhad
Nona Gaye
as Karen
Loretta Devine
as Shaniqua
Beverly Todd
as Graham's Mother
Keith David
as Lt. Dixon
Sean Cory
as Motorcycle Cop
Tony Danza
as Fred
Billy Gallo
as Officer Hill
Karina Arroyave
as Elizabeth
James Haggis
as Lara's Friend
Ken Garito
as Bruce
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Critic Reviews for Crash

All Critics (227) | Top Critics (48)

[Crash] is familiar enough that it slips easily into our film-watching faculty without any fuss, yet [Haggis'] handling of it -- his muscular belief in what he is doing -- makes us hope that his next screenplay will be a bit less safe.

Full Review… | February 23, 2015
The New Republic
Top Critic

Ultimately, Crash succeeds in spite of itself. Its color war starts to feel obvious and schematic. Its coincidences and cliches become like a pileup on the 405 freeway, but there it is -- you find yourself rubbernecking and can't manage to look away.

Full Review… | January 6, 2014
Wall Street Journal
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Haggis moves seamlessly between all these stories and has structured them in such a way that his characters reach a crisis point simultaneously, followed by melancholy clarity.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Associated Press
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Haggis shows a lot of promise as a director: his film is never dull. But he needs to unlearn some of the bad lessons he picked up working in TV, which demands that everything be neat, symmetrical and underlined.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Newsweek
Top Critic

It's smart, therefore, that Haggis has written such novel, precisely observed, often unpleasant characters as the ones Bullock, Dillon, and Cheadle inhabit.

December 9, 2005
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Any relation to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Crash

The deserving winner of the Oscar for Best Picture in 2006 is this spectacular morality study on racism, intolerance and xenophobia, and it probes into those loathsome sores of society in such a powerful and unsettling way, to show us that there are no easy solutions for them.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

After re-watching this, I have to conclude that it did not deserve the Oscar for that year. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth watching.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Solidly entertaining racial soap opera melodrama.

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

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