Director: Paul Haggis
Writers: Paul Haggis, Robert Morrisco
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Thandie Newton, Ludacris, Michael Peña, Jennifer Esposito / Ryan Phillips
Region: USA / Germany / Australia
Language: English / Persian / Spanish / Mandarin / Korean
Release: 2004-09-10 (Toronto Film Festival) / 2005-05-06 (USA)
Runtime: 112 minutes / 115 minutes (director’s cut)
Also known as: Shock Effect (Taiwan) / Crash / L.A. Crash
Rating: IMDB 7.7 / Rotten Tomatoes 74%
A black TV director and his wife were inexplicably insulted by a white policeman for unwarranted driving violations; the seemingly reprehensible policeman saved the black woman who had been insulted by him at the most critical moment; store owner, but almost murdered a tattooed Mexican locksmith (Michael Pena); the district attorney (Brendan Fraser) and his wife (Sandra Bullock) After being robbed of a jeep, Sandra Bullock can only vent her grievances on the innocent locksmith; the black policeman (Don Cheadle) is under the threat of his boss and anxiously looking for his brother.
All these seemingly unrelated trivial matters were intertwined in an unexpected way within 36 hours, and scenes were staged on the streets of Los Angeles, a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural city known for violence, sex, and money…
Crash is a 2004 American drama film directed by Paul Haggis and co-written by Haggis and Bobby Moresco. The film features an ensemble cast including Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Ludacris, Thandie Newton, Michael Peña, and Ryan Phillippe.
The film follows the interlocking stories of several characters living in Los Angeles over the course of two days, all of whom are affected in some way by issues of race and prejudice. The characters include a racist police officer, a wealthy white couple, a young African-American couple, and a Latino locksmith.
Crash won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing. It was also a commercial success, grossing over $98 million worldwide. The film received both praise and criticism for its portrayal of race relations and stereotypes, with some critics calling it an important and timely work, while others argued that it oversimplified complex issues.
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