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Crash (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Don Cheadle , Sandra Bullock , Paul Haggis  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, Karina Arroyave, Dato Bakhtadze
  • Directors: Paul Haggis
  • Writers: Paul Haggis, Robert Moresco
  • Producers: Andrew Reimer, Betsy Danbury, Bob Yari, Cathy Schulman, Dana Maksimovich
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,359 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A3XY5A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,733 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crash (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • DVD Introduction by Director Paul Haggis
  • Crash Behind the Scenes
  • Commentary with Paul Haggis, Don Cheadle, and Bobby Moresco
  • Trailers

Editorial Reviews

Movie studios, by and large, avoid controversial subjects like race the way you might avoid a hive of angry bees. So it's remarkable that Crash even got made; that it's a rich, intelligent, and moving exploration of the interlocking lives of a dozen Los Angeles residents--black, white, latino, Asian, and Persian--is downright amazing. A politically nervous district attorney (Brendan Fraser) and his high-strung wife (Sandra Bullock, biting into a welcome change of pace from Miss Congeniality) get car-jacked by an oddly sociological pair of young black men (Larenz Tate and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges); a rich black T.V. director (Terrence Howard) and his wife (Thandie Newton) get pulled over by a white racist cop (Matt Dillon) and his reluctant partner (Ryan Phillipe); a detective (Don Cheadle) and his Latina partner and lover (Jennifer Esposito) investigate a white cop who shot a black cop--these are only three of the interlocking stories that reach up and down class lines. Writer/director Paul Haggis (who wrote the screenplay for Million Dollar Baby) spins every character in unpredictable directions, refusing to let anyone sink into a stereotype. The cast--ranging from the famous names above to lesser-known but just as capable actors like Michael Pena (Buffalo Soldiers) and Loretta Devine (Woman Thou Art Loosed)--meets the strong script head-on, delivering galvanizing performances in short vignettes, brief glimpses that build with gut-wrenching force. This sort of multi-character mosaic is hard to pull off; Crash rivals such classics as Nashville and Short Cuts. A knockout. --Bret Fetzer

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Product Description

They all live in Los Angeles. And in the next 36 hours, they will collide.

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77 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crash September 7, 2005
This is the truest movie out there on racism, and the preconceived notions we ALL (no matter what color) try not to admit to to a certain extent. This was not a "lets bash the white man" movie either, the racism was across the board. The biggest surprise was to come about an hour in, and I was stunned to see the revelation of that storyline (with Matt Dillon). This film requires paying attention to, please stay with it, it will pay off. High recommend!
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38 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much hype August 14, 2006
I passed up this film when first released on DVD but by hook or by crook, not to mention a nod from the Academy, I decided to give it a look. I was an entertaining two hours, but the in-your-face treatment of racial tension (is that ALL they talk about?), followed by self-congratulatory featurettes in which the film's creators convince us they are doing us great social service by making folks of every persuation confront their prejudice, reek of naivete and opportunism. (The 'Introduction to Crash by Director Paul Haggis' feature warranted its own icon, but consisted only of Haggis grinning in a self-satisfied manner and informing us that he was director Paul Haggis and here was HIS film, Crash). Am I supposed to take a deep breath? Make the popcorn? Take a potty break?

The film looks fine, sounds fine and is well-acted, and other reviews here will outline the who-and-what, so I'll merely leave you with a parting thought. A few years ago, a black man named Rodney King was severely beaten by LA cops. The incident was caught on camera and the police were initially acquitted by a largely white jury. This resulted in rioting in African-American neighborhoods, which cost one caucasian truck driver his life (wrong place, wrong time)and ruined many a business in the area (many owned by Koreans and Asians). If that true-life sequence of events didn't lead to revolutionary changes in people's attitudes (on all sides), an over-rated, but watchable, feature film will not begin to scratch the surface, despite its makers' smug post-Oscar posturing.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth is Out There August 20, 2005
When i sat down to see this movie i didnt know to much about it, but as it went through i realized that i got my monies worth. Unlike other movie addressing prejudice in the united states this movie covered views from many different social stand points. And besides that every event in the movie all ties together at the end which is great. if you are reading this, BUY THIS'll change your outlook on life.
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37 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BEST PICTURE? March 20, 2006
CRASH has its absorbing sequences, and as many reviewers have mentioned, it has more than passing resemblance to MAGNOLIA, which is superior in every way. The subject of race in today's America is certainly a noble subject to bring to life in a movie - the issue with this film is that it is didactic, completely predictable and way too clever to be even remotely believable. Each performer is given two specific qualities- their racist self and their human self. And just like a nifty puzzle, all of these sides come together in a rather absurd stew by the time we get to the "revelations" sequence at the end. The musical score and cinemtography are so purposely dramatic and harsh that they end up becoming overbearing. How on Earth did this forgettable, uninvolving movie EVER win Best Picture?
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful
By KMan
CRASH...even the title smacks of obviousness.

Rarely have I seen a film handle the issue of racism so clumsily an didactically, and what stuns me even more is that people are actually buying into the ugly, facile stereotypes employed by the screenplay. Paul Haggis' attempt at creating a mosaic of interlocking vignettes fails on fronts, chiefly because the director has little understanding of how people interact. Instead of drawing out subtle communications between the multi-ethnic characters, he goes right for the jugular with laughably overwrought demonstrations of how blacks, whites, Hispanics and Asians are all oh-so mean to each other. I've seen Sesame Street episodes with more nuance (and better acting, too, but that's a whole different issue). CRASH panders to the mainstream audience with its reductive portrayal of race relations, and makes no apologies for its ludcrious plot contrivances and overly-tidy characterizations. The fact that members of the Academy thought this was the best film of 2005 is stunning and disgusting on just about every conceivable level. If you want to see a real film about racism in America, rent Spike Lee's DO THE RIGHT THING and avoid this vacant, worthless imitation.
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly Cliched April 11, 2006
I thought I was going to have to turn this movie off 5 minutes into the first scene; the racial stereotypes and cliches were so ridiculous. The contrived nature of most of the scenes and interactions really detracted from any credibility the film could hope to possess. This might be considered a good movie if your idea of a complex and compelling exploration of racism is throwing out every hideous racial stereotype in the book and then excusing everyone from blame by making the point that everyone is equally racist. Crash is an insultingly simplified and unrealistic look at not only race relations but at humanity in general.
I had to fast forward through the scene where a racist cop who sexually assaulted and humiliated a black woman coincidentally ended up saving that very same woman from a burning car crash the next day. Are we suddenly supposed to see him as some kind of hero?! And the fact that this woman was in yet another vulnerable, powerless situation with this same guy was condescending and sickening.
Overall, the women's roles were either as victims, neurotic housewives or maternal figures. As for the black men - they were reduced to being either thugs or 'sell outs' who were unable to maintain their dignity and integrity because they had to get over in the 'white world'. While I think the intention was perhaps good, the execution left a lot to be desired.
Racism is a daunting subject to tackle and bound to be controversial. Unfortunately, this movie is so contrived, unrealistic and riddled with ridiculous caricatures and false sentiments that it ends up only reinforcing people's fear and stereotypes.
The Academy seems to favor only the most overblown, grotesquely obvious and sickenly sentimental movies these days. Apparently subtlety, well written dialog and a convincing story line are negligible at this point. I hope others see through Hollywood's B.S...
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4.0 out of 5 stars It tells many different stories that all together have got a relation...
This is a film review of the crime-drama “Crash” directed by Paul Haggis from 2004. This film shows how it is a problem in every race and every level of income. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Julee_
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of the top 5 movies I've ever seen
Published 6 days ago by William L Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars It goes full circle
It's one of those films that you probably want to watch more than once to to see what you missed the first time.
Published 24 days ago by Brenda A. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars right to the heart
Takes a straight forward approach to racism and human interaction through a number of interconnected scenarios and levels. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bobby Whoa
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies in the past 10 years. I bought the video and...
It is one of those movies you can watch over and over and always find it interesting, engaging and powerful.
Published 1 month ago by luz carime bersh
4.0 out of 5 stars Crash
I had to see this movie a few times to get the jist of what it was trying to convey. We make beautiful heartfelt pictures. When will we learn from these pictures?
Published 1 month ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Movie!
I had to watch this movie last minute for a project in one of my courses and I must say I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who is interested.
Published 1 month ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Great movie. Cast is perfect. The movie comes together at the end. Make sure to pay attention to the characters and how they relate to each other.
Published 1 month ago by David Pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie ever to open your eyes.
We as a country go on and on about racism, this movie shows how it is a problem in every race and every level of income. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Terri Sinclair
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie has my vote for the best movie ever made that isn't a si-fi...
It keeps you on engaged from beginning to end. In the beginning it seems like several independent stories that all come together in a shocking climax. Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Man, Hatch
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The issue isn't so much _what_ this movie says, as _how_ it says it. It is appallingly contrived and amateurish. Had it been a six-hour TV miniseries, with the time to develop the characters and their relationships, it could have been an outstanding film.
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