Paul Haggis (2004)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


The lives of a cultural cross-section of Los Angeles residents converge as a series of crashes and crimes occurs during a turbulent 36 hours in the city. Paul Haggis's directorial debut and Oscar-winning drama, starring Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Don Cheadle, Thandie Newton and Brendan Fraser.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Paul Haggis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: PathéGuidance: Violence, swearing and a sex scene.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Aug 2005