"Moving at the speed of life, we are bound to collide with each other." And we do. Sometimes our collisions bring out the best in us. Sometimes they bring out the worst. Either way, they shake us, they slap us in the face, and they wake us up to the reality that our world is much bigger than just ourselves and our lives. In the movie Crash, these collisions are what construct its story.

(2005) Film Review

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Directed by Paul Haggis
Story by Paul Haggis
Screenplay by Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco

Cast (in credits order)
Sandra Bullock .... Jean
Don Cheadle .... Graham
Matt Dillon .... Officer Ryan
Jennifer Esposito .... Ria
William Fichtner .... Flanagan
Brendan Fraser .... Rick
Terrence Dashon Howard .... Cameron
Ludacris .... Anthony
Thandie Newton .... Christine
Ryan Phillippe .... Officer Hanson
Larenz Tate .... Peter
Tony Danza .... Fred
Keith David .... Lt. Dixon
Shaun Toub .... Farhad
Loretta Devine .... Shaniqua
Michael Pena .... Daniel
Bahar Soomekh .... Dorri
James Haggis .... Lara's Friend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karina Arroyave .... Elizabeth
Dato Bakhtadze .... Lucien
Art Chudabala .... Ken Ho

Produced by
Don Cheadle .... producer
Sven Clement .... executive producer
Sarah Finn .... co-producer
Marina Grasic .... executive producer
Paul Haggis .... producer
Mark R. Harris .... producer
Randi Hiller .... co-producer
Jan Körbelin .... executive producer
Dana Maksimovich .... associate producer
Robert Moresco .... producer
Tom Nunan .... executive producer
Andrew Reimer .... executive producer
Cathy Schulman .... producer
Jörg Westerkamp .... associate producer
Bob Yari .... producer

Original Music by
Mark Isham
Oliver Nathan (songs)
Shani Rigsbee
Kathleen York (original song)

Cinematography by
Dana Gonzales (additional photography)
James Muro

Film Editing by
Hughes Winborne

MPAA: Rated R for language, sexual content and some violence.
Runtime: 100 min

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Click to enlargeA Brentwood housewife and her DA husband. A Persian store owner. Two police detectives who are also lovers. An African-American television director and his wife. A Mexican locksmith. Two car-jackers. A rookie cop. A middle-aged Korean couple…

They all live in Los Angeles. And during the next 36 hours, they will all collide...

Challenging and thought-provoking, Lions Gate Films’ CRASH takes a provocative, unflinching look at the complexities of racial tolerance in contemporary America. Diving headlong into the diverse melting pot of post-9/11 Los Angeles, this compelling urban drama tracks the volatile intersections of a multi-ethnic cast of characters’ struggles to overcome their fears as they careen in and out of one another’s lives. In the gray area between black and white, victim and aggressor, there are no easy answers...

Funny, powerful, and always unpredictable, CRASH boldly reminds us of the importance of tolerance as it ventures beyond color lines...and uncovers the truth of our shared humanity.

This dynamic feature brings us a distinguished cast including: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe and Larenz Tate.

This is the directing debut of award-winning writer/producer Paul Haggis ("Million Dollar Baby") from a story by Paul Haggis and a screenplay by Haggis and Bobby Moresco.

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Click to enlarge"Moving at the speed of life, we are bound to collide with each other." And we do. Sometimes our collisions bring out the best in us. Sometimes they bring out the worst. Either way, they shake us, they slap us in the face, and they wake us up to the reality that our world is much bigger than just ourselves and our lives.

In the movie Crash, these collisions are what construct its story. It isn’t a narrative that invites us to get to know a few characters as if they were our next door neighbors. It isn’t a story built around structured plot points, climaxes, and resolutions. Instead, its story is about different people leading very different lives who collide.

From the beginning of the movie, distance is almost a character in and of itself. We meet characters for the first time in sets of opposites—two young African American men carjacking a wealthy white couple, a white police officer and his white partner pulling over an African American couple, a white gun salesman reluctantly selling a gun to a Persian man. They are set up as separate—different people, leading different lives, best left staying on different paths.

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05.jpg (149 K)The opening lines in Crash are from Detective Graham Waters, who has just been in a traffic accident, being philosophical about L.A. versus other big cities. He points out that in other cities there are crowds and people bump into one another all the time. But L.A. is a city on wheels. We are always surrounded by steel and glass, and so, he concludes, we crash into each other just to have some human contact.

I live in the L.A. area, but strangely enough, I saw Crash while on vacation in New York, one of those cities where people do bump into each other all day long – trying to cross a street with a mass of people headed toward each other, or on the shuttle between Time Square and Grand Central when you step into an absolutely packed subway car certain that you’re the last to fit in, but a dozen more people get through the door behind you. Those crowds, it seems to me, can be just as isolating as single driver vehicles. You are together, and even touching, but you aren’t really interacting.

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Live your life at the point of impact.

You think you know who you are. You have no idea.

Moving at the speed of life, we are bound to collide with each other.

14.jpg (59 K)Those are the tag lines to what may be the most powerful, if not the best, movie of the year. And they sum up the movie quite nicely. This is one of those movies dependent on word of mouth. The only thing that I knew about it was that a friend's parents saw it, they convinced him to see it, and he convinced me to see it. I knew of the director and co-writer, Paul Haggis (writer of Million Dollar Baby) and I simply love Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Traffic, Ocean’s Eleven and Twelve), so I trusted in the pedigree of the movie.

“We miss that touch so much that we crash into each other just to feel something.”

This movie examines the taboo subject of race and race relations; how we see each other and how that impacts how we act, react, and live with one another. It opens with a car crash, a fender bender, that has a Hispanic woman trading insults with an Asian woman based on racial stereotypes over Asian driving habits. A Middle Eastern father and daughter are insulted as potential terrorists when they try to purchase a hand gun. Two young black males feel slighted at their service at a restaurant, evidence of racial discrimination; though at the hands of a black waitress, because she, too, thought in stereotypes about young black males. A white couple are the victims of a carjacking; a black couple the victims of a particularly nasty DWB (driving while Black). A Hispanic man is shunned while doing his job because he looks like a criminal with his shaved head and tattoos.

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