Release Date: May 6, 2005
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Movie of the Day for Wednesday, February 23, 2005
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Position Staff In Brief
5/16 Reagen Sulewski You know what's bad? Racists. Also, two too-many coincidences in an otherwise well acted and plotted film.
20/60 Les Winan A terrifically thought provoking movie. I could have done without the television drama-esque music selections.
67/85 Kim Hollis Awfully preachy.
94/125 Dan Krovich Good until it stumbles badly in the final third.
95/166 David Mumpower Preachier than Pat Robertson, Al Sharpton and Reverend Lovejoy combined.

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From first-time feature director Paul Haggis comes this multi-layered story about the chaos of life in southern California. The movie centers around tensions that can tend to make a nightmare of the modern urban landscape - whether they be motivated by ethnicity, race or class. An all-star cast is used to exemplify the themes and tone of the story.

Sandra Bullock plays the spoiled wife of a district attorney (Brendan Fraser). Her life goes straight into disarray when she finds her luxury car being hijacked by two black thugs - young men who complain about being stereotyped by whites. Meanwhile, Matt Dillon is a racist cop who pulls over a wealthy black couple. In the process, he fondles the woman (Thandie Newton), humiliating her husband.

Others whose paths intersect in this tale include Don Cheadle as a detective whose mother favors his gangster brother over him. Making matters worse, the legal system seems to constantly make decisions in a racist manner even when it favors blacks.

Ryan Phillippe plays a rookie cop who attempts to defy the racial hatred that seems to run rampant in the LAPD. In another section of the city, an Iranian immigrant shopkeeper threatens a Hispanic locksmith. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Crash
Main Cast Brendan Fraser, Don Cheadle, Forest Whitaker
Supporting Cast Jason Isaacs, Jennifer Esposito, Matt Dillon, Ryan Phillipe, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, William Fichtner
Director Paul Haggis
Screenwriter Paul Haggis
Distributor Lions Gate
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site
Rating R
Running Time 100 minutes
Screen Count 1,864
Awards Awards page for Crash
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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