Crash

  • 15
  • Paul Haggis (2004)
  • US / Ger / Aus
  • 107 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Los Angeles provides the setting for writer/director Paul Haggis's finely tuned ensemble drama about interconnected lives, which was the surprise winner of the 2005 best picture Oscar. Like Short Cuts and Magnolia, Haggis's film ambitiously weaves several narrative strands into a short time frame - in this case, just 36 hours. Here, as the title suggests, the characters are brought together by a series of violent collisions and close encounters. Among them are a racist cop (Matt Dillon), a TV director's highly strung wife (Thandie Newton), a detective dogged by serious family problems (Don Cheadle) and two car-jacking victims (Sandra Bullock and Brendan Fraser). Haggis and co-writer Bobby Moresco - who picked up an Academy Award for their screenplay - have created a raft of fully developed characters, linked by chance, criminal acts and simmering racial tensions. As events (both kind and cruel) unfold, even the most seasoned movie-goer will find something here to surprise - and shock.

Plot Summary

Oscar-winning ensemble drama directed by the screenwriter of Million Dollar Baby, starring Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle and Matt Dillon. The lives of an apparently unconnected group of people in Los Angeles are altered irrevocably by a series of random but highly eventful incidents.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jean
Sandra Bullock
Graham Walters
Don Cheadle
Officer Ryan
Matt Dillon
Ria
Jennifer Esposito
Flanagan
William Fichtner
Rick
Brendan Fraser
Cameron
Terrence Howard
Anthony
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges
Christine
Thandie Newton
Officer Hansen
Ryan Phillippe
Peter
Larenz Tate
Karen
Nona Gaye
Lieutenant Dixon
Keith David
Fred
Tony Danza
Park
Daniel Dae Kim
Shereen
Marina Sirtis

Crew

Director
Paul Haggis

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Pathé
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing and a sex scene.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 12 Aug 2005
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Pathe Distribution
Categories
Drama

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