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Crash (10-Sep-2004)

Director: Paul Haggis

Writers: Paul Haggis; Bobby Moresco

Keywords: Crime, Explosions

Los Angelenos hailing from a wide variety of backgrounds come together to weave a racially-tinged web of stories.

ABSTRACT
Inspired by a real-life 1991 carjacking incident involving director Paul Haggis' Porsche, Crash follows a cast of adults from differing walks of life and circumstances over a thirty-six hour expanse of time in Los Angeles, showing how the lives of individuals ranging from a race-baiting Caucasian district attorney to two African-American carjackers come together to craft a thought-provoking and socially-relevant tale offering commentary on race relations in our society.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Sandra Bullock
Actor
26-Jul-1964   The Net
Don Cheadle
Actor
29-Nov-1964   Boogie Nights
Tony Danza
Actor
21-Apr-1951   Who's The Boss?
Keith David
Actor
4-Jun-1956   DCI in Agent Cody Banks
Loretta Devine
Actor
21-Aug-1949   Marla Hendricks on Boston Public
Matt Dillon
Actor
18-Feb-1964   Drugstore Cowboy
Jennifer Esposito
Actor
11-Apr-1973   The Proposal
William Fichtner
Actor
27-Nov-1956   Agent Mahone on Prison Break
Brendan Fraser
Actor
3-Dec-1968   The Mummy
Nona Gaye
Actor
4-Sep-1974   The Polar Express
Terrence Howard
Actor
11-Mar-1969   Hustle & Flow
Daniel Dae Kim
Actor
4-Aug-1968   Jin Kwon on Lost
Ludacris
Rapper
11-Sep-1977   Incognegro
Jack McGee
Actor
2-Feb-1949   Chief Jerry Reilly on Rescue Me
Thandie Newton
Actor
6-Nov-1972   The Truth About Charlie
Michael Peña
Actor
13-Jan-1976   Crash
Ryan Phillippe
Actor
10-Sep-1974   Little Boy Blue
Marina Sirtis
Actor
29-Mar-1955   Half-Betazoid Deana Troi on ST:TNG
Larenz Tate
Actor
8-Sep-1975   Dead Presidents

REVIEWS

Review by anonymous (posted on 28-Jul-2006)

CRASH is West Coast, specifically LA, as skewed a view of the world as that shown in Chinatown. That said, it is also very good (to be fair, East Coast -- New York, Boston, Philadelphia -- world views are even more skewed and formulaic). Haggis plays against the usual formulas and cliches to great effect ... at least until you catch the rhythm of the movie and begin to anticipate outcomes. Even so, there are several deservedly praised moments that will choke up most viewers. Matt Dillon, Thandie Newton, Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock and more turn in exceptional work. CRASH succeeds and is viewed best as an ensemble piece. No truly deep thoughts here, but clearer and more honest thoughts on race and class than has been seen in a mainstream movie in at least a decade.


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