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Crash (1997)

James Spader , Holly Hunter , David Cronenberg  |  NC-17 |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Kara Unger, Rosanna Arquette
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NC-17
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 1998
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305161968
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,754 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crash" on IMDb

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Adapted from the controversial novel by J.G. Ballard, Crash will either repel or amaze you, with little or no room for a neutral reaction. The film is perfectly matched to the artistic and intellectual proclivities of director David Cronenberg, who has used the inspiration of Ballard's novel to create what critic Roger Ebert has described as "a dissection of the mechanics of pornography." Filmed with a metallic color scheme and a dominant tone of emotional detachment, the story focuses on a close-knit group of people who have developed a sexual fetish around the collision of automobiles. They use cars as a tool of arousal, in which orgasm is directly connected to death-defying temptations of fate at high speeds. Ballard wrote his book to illustrate the connections between sex and technology--the ultimate postmodern melding of flesh and machine--and Cronenberg takes this theme to the final frontier of sexual expression. Holly Hunter, James Spader, and Deborah Unger are utterly fearless in roles that few actors would dare to play, and their surrender to Cronenberg's vision makes Crash an utterly unique and challenging film experience. It's rated NC-17, so don't say you weren't warned! --Jeff Shannon

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A psycho-sexual journey into oblivion in this controversial film from acclaimed director David Cronenberg. James Spader is a bored film director who explores new realms after a near-fatal car accident introduces him to a world of sexually obsessed car cra

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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Etiology of Sexual Arousal: Edge of Life Terror October 19, 2005
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David Cronenberg takes chances and his pushing the edge of cinematic art is what makes his films so interesting. JG Ballard's controversial novel CRASH seemed an unlikely prospect for a film, so dark were its explorations of the outer zones of excitation and their relationship to near-death events. But Cronenberg worked through making Ballard's visions visual and his screenplay based on Ballard's book is more about interior dialogue and visceral sexual encounters as they relate to trauma.

James Ballard (James Spader) is a successful TV director who spends as much time as a lothario as he does making film. He is married to Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger) whose own sexuality leads her into stray paths. The two seem to connect physically but the fire is diminishing: they both concur that encounters with other partners enhance their sexual experiences. James is in a car accident and survives with a broken leg and scars, but the other car's male driver was killed and his surviving female companion Helen Remington (Holly Hunter) is hospitalized with James. While in the hospital both encounter a strange, scarred, limping male photographer Vaughn (Elias Koteas) who takes photos of the scars and trauma results of both James and Helen. Catherine visits James in the hospital and seems to find excitement in the scars and orthopedic paraphernalia binding her husband.

Once James is released from the hospital he is strangely drawn to the car he wrecked and finds Helen in the same mindset. The two move into physical attraction as well as an emotional attraction to Vaughn. Vaughn is obsessed with auto accidents, having been in many, and he stages famous car accidents (James Dean, Jayne Mansfield, etc) for a captive audience - which includes James, Helen, and Catherine.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mainstream smut June 11, 2003
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"Censors tend to do what only psychotics do... they confuse reality with illusion...I don't have a moral plan. I'm a Canadian." These are the words of visionary film maker, David Cronenberg, director of Videodrome, The Fly, Naked Lunch, Rabid and Dead Ringers. Here we're going to examine his film 'Crash', from the 1973 novel from J.G. Ballard. Crash debuted at Cannes in 1996, and won many awards over the next year or so.
Although not XXX smut, this film is one of the most eerily erotic movies of the past decade. The eroticism starts from the very first scene, Deborah Kara Unger standing in front of a small airplane in a hanger. The way she purposefully takes her breast out of her bra, leans over and allows the nipple to kiss the cool metal of the plane, and then receives a man, identity unseen, entering her from the rear bent over the machine... in many ways the subtle sensualities set the viewer's mind set to observe the rest of the movie.
Cut to a scene of James Spader, shagging the camera girl in the back room of a studio set. On arrival home, Unger and Spader casually and respectfully debrief each other - more worshipful listening than interrogation. Shortly, however, the violence central to the film arrives, with Spader driving alone, distracted, and swerving off the road and head on into a car. He is injured and thrown into shock - the other driver is ejected and shot like a rocket headfirst through Spader's windshield, dead. Looking up, Spader notices the passenger of the other car, Holly Hunter, inadvertently revealing a breast as she tries to free herself from her seat belt. The juxtapositions continue.
Thrown together by the accident of machine and fate, Hunter and Spader meet again in the hospital, and yet again - more fatefully - at the impound yard.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Trully Unforgettable. July 17, 2004
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Soon after a head on car crash James Ballard (Spader) is introduced to a world of fetishists who find arousal in mixing raw sexuality, the mangling of human bodies, and the twisted steel of a fresh auto accident. Their fetish soon becomes a suicidal obsession with death and the ultimate pleasure.
Based on the novel by J. G. Ballard, Crash was one of most controversial movies of the 1990's. Exploring the psyche of those who extract pleasure through risk and eroticism through automobile accidents. James and Catherine Ballard are a married couple whose sex life has been reduced to recounting tales of mutual infidelity to turn each other on. James is eventually involved in a car accident that leaves one man dead. After his long rehab he meets the other survivor of the crash Helen (Hunter). They soon realize that the accident was the biggest turn on of their lives. Helen introduces James to a group, led by Vaughn (Koteas) who share in their fetish. To up the ante the group engage in more and more dangerous accidents to heighten their own arousal.  
Anyone familiar with director David Cronenberg's work should know what to expect from this movie, only here it seems that Cronenberg has license to go as far as possible with the message he was trying to get across about the human animal and our twisted psyche when it comes to what we find erotic. His experiment with Crash was met with much controversy at the time of it's initial release in 1996. While many will find the film repulsive and/or sick, I happen to find it a rather genius character study. A film that succeeds in challenging the viewer by showing them a different side of the human spirit and hopefully pointing out their own sick little perversions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Great Film and MUCH Better than the one of the ...
This is a Great Film and MUCH Better than the one of the same name starrring sandra bullock and matt dillon about racial tension in LA, lol !!! Read more
Published 8 days ago by CANUT REYES
1.0 out of 5 stars The one star isn't for the movie...
So, I've waited more than a decade for a decent release of this (I was praying Criterion)....and all a get is a DVD-R port of the previous release! Dammit!!!
Published 11 days ago by B. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars The dvd is in perfect, no issues
I received the dvd a day earlier than estimated delivery time which I appreciated it. The dvd is in perfect, no issues.
Published 17 days ago by NITA STEIGER
2.0 out of 5 stars Some of the Worst in Human Nature
I saw this film as a story of some very damaged people who did not know how to relate in a meaningful way to others. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kilgore Trout
1.0 out of 5 stars Italian spoken American movie...
Can you imagine an English/American movie with Italian voices? I cannot remember reading that the CD was without subtitles and, worst of all, Italian spoken. Read more
Published 2 months ago by E.M. de Klerk
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone who's interested, Warner Archives has just re-released this...
I won't discuss the film here, which has its virtues and flaws. I just wanted to let anyone who might be interested know that this is back in print through Warner Archives and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative and Steamy
From the twisted mind of David Cronenberg, witness James Spader as James Ballard, a bored low budget film producer involved with a laconic Deborah Kara Unger as Catherine Ballard... Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Haney
2.0 out of 5 stars It was an Italian version with no options for English
I love the show as I had seen it a number of times previously but I lost my previous DVD so ordered another, at quite a high price as it was out of stock everywhere else. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Christopher Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars A keeper
This movie has lots of good actors and is great from start to finish. It's perverted, twisted, and mind blowing. One of my favorites!
Published 7 months ago by Gorygal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie in both versions
This is a great movie to see in both versions. Although I can watch the R Rated version first, then the NC-17 version next.
Published 8 months ago by Kevin Barton
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So does anyone know if Amazon's offered movie ("Crash" on VHS) is the uncut version, or is it the 'censored' NC-17 version?
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