Crash

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Overall Satisfaction
4.6
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Ease of Use
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All things considered, probably the best film of 2005.

-Anonymous quote

I saw this movie a long time ago. The plot of the movie deserves a 5 because its about many people and these people some how come together. The cinematography wasnt that special. there werent many special effects but who cares if the movie is that good. The acting was good, it seemed like they were talking to me in the movie. This movie is very racist, so if you cant take a joke dont watch it.

-Jacky Lam quote

Great film

on 10/28/2005

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Great Movie!

by Jacky Lam on 3/9/2006

I saw this movie a long time ago. The plot of the movie deserves a 5 because its about many people and these people some how come together. The cinematography wasnt that special. there werent many special effects but who cares if the movie is that good. The acting was good, it seemed like they were talking to me in the movie. This movie is very racist, so if you cant take a joke dont watch it. Read More

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Product Overview

Several stories interweave during two days in los angeles involving a collection of inter-related characters.

Specifications

Studio Lions Gate
SKU 40721037
UPC 031398179382
UPC 14 00031398179382
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Crime
Los Angeles, California
Mexican
Police
Racism
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A stellar cast collides haphazardly in this insightfully written roundelay of racism, rage, and redemption which takes place over the course of one day in LA and involves a circus of cops, robbers, and civilians. A detective (Don Cheadle) with a heroin addict mother and criminal brother investigates the shooting of a black cop by a white one. Two hoodlums (Larenz Tate and Ludacris) jack the car of the District Attorney (Brendon Fraser) and his angry, racist wife (Sandra Bullock). Terrence Howard and Thandie Newton play an upper-class African American couple harassed by a racist cop (Matt Dillon). And the chaos continues, with other roles played by Tony Danza, Michael Pena, and Jennifer Esposito. A propulsive Mark Isham score keeps the disparate narrative threads electrified from the get-go; when they finally connect, the results are explosive and beautiful. Everything is tied together with tight editing and artistic shots of car headlights cutting through dense morning smog. Writer-director Paul Haggis' (writer of MILLION DOLLAR BABY) Los Angeles is a world of alienated people struggling to connect across vast barriers of language, class, and culture; that they manage to do so is testament to their depth as characters more than some trite message of brotherly love. There are no easy answers, but this film is tough, intelligent, and gutsy enough to find some anyway; and for that it's a winner.
Reviews
New York Times "Mr. Haggis's evident sincerity and intelligence are reflected in the conviction of the cast..." 05/06/2005 p.E30
Rolling Stone "The acting is dynamite, notably by Dillon and Newton....The film is a knockout." 05/19/2005 p.85,Ranked #11 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "[T]he rage sticks, as do the emotions underlying it." 12/01/2005 p.98
Entertainment Weekly "The stunning, must-see drama CRASH is proof that words have not lost the ability to shock in our anesthetized society." 05/13/2005 p.65,Included in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Films Of The Year -- "Paul Haggis has found an inspired metaphor with which to explore a modern-day L.A. snarl of race, class, and culture." 12/30/2005 p.120
USA Today "The dialogue and scenarios are sometimes inspired....[With] intricate construction and intelligent, if melancholy, exploration of race and class warfare." 05/06/2005 p.8E
Uncut "As the interweaving plotlines throw unsympathetic characters together...the script makes many brave, original points about cultural clichés." 09/01/2005 p.142,Ranked #15 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "Haggis tackles this thorny subject matter with courage, wit and insight, unafraid to ask the tough questions." 01/01/2006 p.82-83
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "A superb interlinking ensemble drama..." 09/01/2006 p.212
Directors
Paul Haggis
Actors
Thandie Newton
Matt Dillon
Michael Pena
Sandra Bullock
Cast & Crew
Brendan Fraser - Actor
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges - Actor
Dana Gonzales - Cinematographer
Don Cheadle - Actor
Jennifer Esposito - Actor
Matt Dillon - Actor
Paul Haggis - Director
Paul Haggis - Writer
Paul Haggis - Producer
Sandra Bullock - Actor
Terrence Howard - Actor
Thandie Newton - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 17938
UPC 00031398179382
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 122 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Name Paul Haggis
Award Category Best Film
Award Status Winner
Award Year 2005
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Paul Haggis
Award Category Best Original Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 2005
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Robert Moresco
Award Category Best Original Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 2005
Award Giver Academy Awards
Reviews
ReviewSource FilmCritic.com
Review Superbly crafted and visually stunning from start to finish, Haggis's follow-up to Million Dollar Baby is on par with similarly structured ensemble stories like Robert Altman's Short Cuts, and Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia. All of the performances in Crash are first rate; to single out one would be an injustice to the others. Even those with the smallest roles generate a large impact.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer David Levine
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review The best ensemble films are the ones in which the characters are given an opportunity to breathe (Magnolia, Short Cuts, and Nashville come to mind). With Crash, 105 minutes is barely enough time to let the numerous participants begin to inhale. The movie runs for long enough to allow Haggis to present the story, but we're left wanting a little more - a few extra scenes and an added conversation or two (especially between Newton's character and her husband, played by Terrence Dashon Howard). But I suppose it's always best to leave an audience hungry, rather than feeling overstuffed.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review "Crash," an ensemble drama about race relations in Los Angeles, has smart writing and taut situations. Writer-director Paul Haggis, who adapted "Million Dollar Baby" for the screen, puts characters into illuminating conflict and consistently devises turns of plot that are inventive and yet, in the best way, seem inevitable. Without doubt, it's a skillful effort, and it's also infused with passion. It's a committed piece of work.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Mick Lasalle
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Actor Dillon,Matt
Label Artisan Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times The best film of the year!

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