2004   USA Crash
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Director:Paul Haggis
Studio:Lions Gate
Writer:Paul Haggis, Paul Haggis
IMDb Rating:8.0 (201,752 votes)
Awards:Won 3 Oscars. Another 38 wins & 64 nominations
Genre:Crime, Drama
Duration:122 min
Paul Haggis  ...  (Director)
Paul Haggis, Paul Haggis  ...  (Writer)
Karina Arroyave  ...  Elizabeth
Dato Bakhtadze  ...  Lucien
Sandra Bullock  ...  Jean Cabot
Don Cheadle  ...  Det. Graham Waters
Art Chudabala  ...  Ken Ho
Sean Cory  ...  Motorcycle Cop
Tony Danza  ...  Fred
Keith David  ...  Lt. Dixon
Loretta Devine  ...  Shaniqua Johnson
Matt Dillon  ...  Officer John Ryan
Michael Peña  ...  Daniel
Jennifer Esposito  ...  Ria
Ime Etuk  ...  Georgie (as Ime N. Etuk)
Eddie J. Fernandez  ...  Officer Gomez (as Eddie Fernandez)
William Fichtner  ...  Flanagan
Thandie Newton  ...  
Howard Fong  ...  Store Owner
J. Michael Muro  ...  Cinematographer
Sean C. Cooper  ...  Motorcycle Cop
Comments: You think you know who you are. You have no idea.

Summary: Movie studios, by and large, avoid controversial subjects like race the way you might avoid a hive of angry bees. So it's remarkable that Crash even got made; that it's a rich, intelligent, and moving exploration of the interlocking lives of a dozen Los Angeles residents--black, white, latino, Asian, and Persian--is downright amazing. A politically nervous district attorney (Brendan Fraser) and his high-strung wife (Sandra Bullock, biting into a welcome change of pace from Miss Congeniality) get car-jacked by an oddly sociological pair of young black men (Larenz Tate and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges); a rich black T.V. director (Terrence Howard) and his wife (Thandie Newton) get pulled over by a white racist cop (Matt Dillon) and his reluctant partner (Ryan Phillipe); a detective (Don Cheadle) and his Latina partner and lover (Jennifer Esposito) investigate a white cop who shot a black cop--these are only three of the interlocking stories that reach up and down class lines. Writer/director Paul Haggis (who wrote the screenplay for Million Dollar Baby) spins every character in unpredictable directions, refusing to let anyone sink into a stereotype. The cast--ranging from the famous names above to lesser-known but just as capable actors like Michael Pena (Buffalo Soldiers) and Loretta Devine (Woman Thou Art Loosed)--meets the strong script head-on, delivering galvanizing performances in short vignettes, brief glimpses that build with gut-wrenching force. This sort of multi-character mosaic is hard to pull off; Crash rivals such classics as Nashville and Short Cuts. A knockout. --Bret Fetzer

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