1996   Canada Crash
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Director:David Cronenberg
Studio:New Line Home Video
Writer:J.G. Ballard, David Cronenberg
IMDb Rating:6.2 (23,878 votes)
Awards:8 wins & 4 nominations
Genre:Drama, Thriller
Duration:100 min
David Cronenberg  ...  (Director)
J.G. Ballard, David Cronenberg  ...  (Writer)
James Spader  ...  James Ballard
Holly Hunter  ...  Helen Remington
Elias Koteas  ...  Vaughan
Deborah Kara Unger  ...  Catherine Ballard
Rosanna Arquette  ...  Gabrielle
Peter MacNeill  ...  Colin Seagrave
Yolande Julian  ...  Airport Hooker
Cheryl Swarts  ...  Vera Seagrave
Judah Katz  ...  Salesman
Nicky Guadagni  ...  Tattooist
Ronn Sarosiak  ...  A.D.
Boyd Banks  ...  Grip
Markus Parilo  ...  Man in Hanger
Alice Poon  ...  Camera Girl
John Stoneham Jr.  ...  Trask
Peter Suschitzky  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: The most controversial film you will ever see.

Summary: Adapted from the controversial novel by J.G. Ballard, Crash will either repel or amaze you, with little or no room for a neutral reaction. The film is perfectly matched to the artistic and intellectual proclivities of director David Cronenberg, who has used the inspiration of Ballard's novel to create what critic Roger Ebert has described as "a dissection of the mechanics of pornography." Filmed with a metallic color scheme and a dominant tone of emotional detachment, the story focuses on a close-knit group of people who have developed a sexual fetish around the collision of automobiles. They use cars as a tool of arousal, in which orgasm is directly connected to death-defying temptations of fate at high speeds. Ballard wrote his book to illustrate the connections between sex and technology--the ultimate postmodern melding of flesh and machine--and Cronenberg takes this theme to the final frontier of sexual expression. Holly Hunter, James Spader, and Deborah Unger are utterly fearless in roles that few actors would dare to play, and their surrender to Cronenberg's vision makes Crash an utterly unique and challenging film experience. It's rated NC-17, so don't say you weren't warned! --Jeff Shannon

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