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Crash (2004)

Crash (2004)




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.

Movie Info

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, Rovimore
Rating: R (for language, sexual content and some violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Bobby Moresco, Paul Haggis, Robert Moresco
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 6, 2005
Box Office: $55.4M
Lions Gate Films - Official Site


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

All Critics (229) | 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

[Crash] is sharply observed and frequently extremely funny as well as artfully orchestrated.

Full Review… | February 23, 2015
Observer (UK)

[Haggis] makes his directing debut with a screenplay that often seems rigged and contrived, but comes to life via excellent acting and a philosophical argument that bigotry and benevolence are inextricably intertwined.

Full Review… | February 23, 2015
Christian Science Monitor

Instead of heartwarming messages about forgiveness, it honours ambiguity and brings us close, closer than is comfortable, in fact, to what Americans today are really thinking about one another.

Full Review… | February 23, 2015
Independent (UK)

Crash is a movie with problems, but those simply make Haggis' vision, his clear reflection of us, so powerful.

Full Review… | February 23, 2015
Tampa Bay Times

Crash has its moments of wrenching tragedy and chaotic, overcrowded drama, mitigated by flashes of caustic humor and insights of stark truth.

Full Review… | February 23, 2015
Tulsa World

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, showing us how there are no easy solutions for them.

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

Super Reviewer

Solidly entertaining racial soap opera melodrama.

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

Crash Quotes

Anthony: Time is money.
– Submitted by Jean R (3 years ago)
Graham Waters: It's the sense of touch.
Ria: What?
Graham Waters: In the real city you, 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.
– Submitted by Jean R (3 years ago)
Daniel: So she reaches into her backpack and she pulls out this invisible cloak and she ties it around my neck. And she tells me that it's impenetrable. You know what impenetrable means? It means nothing can go through it. No bullets, nothing. She told me that if I wore it, nothing would hurt me. So I did. And my whole life, I never got shot, stabbed, nothing. I mean, how weird is that?
– Submitted by Mati M (3 years ago)
Graham Waters: Well, fuck you very much. But thanks for thinking of me
– Submitted by Mati M (3 years ago)

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