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Crash Details


After surviving a brutal car wreck, commercial director James Ballard finds himself slowly drawn to a mysterious subculture of people who have transformed automobile accidents into erotic events. Like the J.G. Ballard novel that inspired it, David Cronenberg's study of the sexual dimension of man's relationship to technology was a magnet for controversy, drawing a NC-17 rating and criticism from several sources, including studio owner Ted Turner, who attempted to prevent the film's American release. But though some have leveled charges of pornography, James' descent into this fetishistic underworld is approached with cold, scientific detachment. Characters like Vaughn, the charismatic group leader who stages recreations of celebrity car crashes, seem more like driven researchers than sexual renegades, which is undoubtedly part of the film's point. This impression is reinforced by the pristine cinematography by Peter Suschitzsky, which proves particularly haunting during a crucial accident scene, and Howard Shore's superb score. Far from exploitative, Crash in fact proves less transgressive than the original novel, but is still undoubtedly not for all tastes. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:March 21, 1996


Awarded by
Genie Awards Andy Malcolm Best Sound Editing 1996 Winner
Genie Awards Lou Solakofski Best Sound 1996 Nominee
Genie Awards Orest Sushko Best Sound 1996 Nominee
Genie Awards Peter Suschitzky Best Cinematography 1996 Winner
Genie Awards Ronald Sanders Best Editing 1996 Winner
Genie Awards Tom Bjelic Best Sound Editing 1996 Winner
Genie Awards Tony van den Akker Best Sound 1996 Nominee
Genie Awards David Cronenberg Best Director 1996 Winner
Genie Awards David Cronenberg Best Adapted Screenplay 1996 Winner
Genie Awards John Laing Best Sound Editing 1996 Winner
Genie Awards Wayne Griffin Best Sound Editing 1996 Winner
Genie Awards David Lee Best Sound 1996 Nominee
Genie Awards Dale Sheldrake Best Sound Editing 1996 Winner
Genie Awards Dino Pigat Best Sound 1996 Nominee


James Spader
as James Ballard
Holly Hunter
as Dr. Helen Remington
Elias Koteas
as Vaughan
Deborah Kara Unger
as Mrs. Catherine Ballard
Rosanna Arquette
as Gabrielle
Peter MacNeill
as Colin Seagrave


David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg
J.G. Ballard
Book Author
Peter Suschitzky
Howard Shore
Howard Shore
Composer (Music Score)
Ronald Sanders
Carol Spier
Production Designer
Tamara Deverell
Art Director
Marilyn Stonehouse
Stéphane Reichel
Jeremy Thomas
Executive Producer
Andras Hamori
Executive Producer
Chris Auty
Executive Producer
Robert Lantos
Executive Producer
Elinor Rose Galbraith
Set Designer
Denise Cronenberg
Costume Designer
David Lee
Sound/Sound Designer
Lou Solakofski
Sound/Sound Designer
Dino Pigat
Sound/Sound Designer
Orest Sushko
Sound/Sound Designer
Tony van den Akker
Sound/Sound Designer
David J. Webb
First Assistant Director
Deirdre Bowen
Ted Hanlan
Stunts Coordinator
Andy Malcolm
Sound Editor
Dale Sheldrake
Sound Editor
Tom Bjelic
Sound Editor
John Laing
Sound Editor