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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.

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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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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
Nona Gaye
as Karen
Shaun Toub
as Farhad
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 (239) | Top Critics (53)

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.

February 23, 2015 | Full Review…

[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.

February 23, 2015 | Full Review…

Crash is a very watchable and well-constructed piece of work, and a potential script masterclass: but its daringly supercharged fantasies of racial paranoia and humanist redemption are not to be taken too seriously.

February 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The script is clever, the racial theme is worthy of Newsnight, and the editing just sublime.

February 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Set in a simmering cauldron of racial tensions where subtle nuance can cut as deep as unambiguous hostility, it's a powerful drama about the often bewildering contradictions that underlie human behaviour.

February 23, 2015 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

January 6, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Crash


A top quality film that follows the lives of varied people over 24 hours and how they "Crash" into each other. Quite original idea as well.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer


Pretty good movie which makes you think about racism. I especially felt sorry for the lock repair guy, it must get very wearying having people constantly assume the worst of you based on your nationality or skin colour. The old shop keeper guy annoyed the hell out of me, and Sandra Bullocks character. Many characters and stories in this, so it can be hard to keep straight which is which.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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

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