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Issues of race and gender cause a group of strangers in Los Angeles to physically and emotionally collide in this drama from director and screenwriter Paul Haggis. Graham (Don Cheadle) is a police detective whose brother is a street criminal, and it hurts him to know his mother cares more about his ne'er-do-well brother than him. Graham's partner is Ria (Jennifer Esposito), who is also his girlfriend, though she has begun to bristle at his emotional distance, as well as his occasional insensitivity over the fact he's African-American and she's Hispanic. Rick (Brendan Fraser) is an L.A. district attorney whose wife, Jean (Sandra Bullock), makes little secret of her fear and hatred of people unlike herself. Jean's worst imaginings about people of color are confirmed when her SUV is carjacked by two African-American men -- Anthony (Chris Bridges, aka Ludacris), who dislikes white people as much as Jean hates blacks, and Peter (Larenz Tate), who is more open minded. Cameron (Terrence Howard) is a well-to-do African-American television producer with a beautiful wife, Christine (Thandie Newton). While coming home from a party, Cameron and Christine are pulled over by Officer Ryan (Matt Dillon), who subjects them to a humiliating interrogation (and her to an inappropriate search) while his new partner, Officer Hansen (Ryan Phillippe), looks on. Daniel (Michael Pena) is a hard-working locksmith and dedicated father who discovers that his looks don't lead many of his customers to trust him. And Farhad (Shaun Toub) is a Middle Eastern shopkeeper who is so constantly threatened in the wake of the 9/11 attacks that he decided he needs a gun to defend his family. Crash was the first directorial project for award-winning television and film writer Haggis. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 6, 2005

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hughes Winborne Best Editing 2005 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Hughes Winborne Best Editing 2005 Nominee
American Cinema Editors Guild Hughes Winborne Best Edited Feature - Drama 2005 Nominee
Art Directors Guild Laurence Bennett Best Art Direction in a Contemporary Film 2005 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Paul Haggis Best Screenplay 2005 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Paul Haggis Best Original Screenplay 2005 Winner
Las Vegas Film Critics Association Paul Haggis Best Screenplay 2005 Winner
Online Film Critics Association Paul Haggis Breakthrough Filmmaker 2005 Winner
Phoenix Film Critics Association Paul Haggis Best Original Screenplay 2005 Winner
Phoenix Film Critics Association Paul Haggis Breakout Performance of the Year - Behind the Camera 2005 Winner
Writers Guild of America Paul Haggis Best Original Screenplay 2005 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Paul Haggis Best Screenplay 2005 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Haggis Best Original Screenplay 2005 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Haggis Best Picture 2005 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Paul Haggis Best Screenplay 2005 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Paul Haggis Best First Feature 2005 Winner
London Film Critics Association Paul Haggis Best Director 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Paul Haggis Best Director 2005 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Paul Haggis Best Original Screenplay 2005 Nominee
Producers Guild of America Paul Haggis Producer of the Year 2005 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Paul Haggis Best Director 2005 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Paul Haggis Best Director 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Haggis Best Director 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Richard van Dyke Best Sound 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Sandy Gendler Best Sound 2005 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Don Cheadle Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Don Cheadle Best Actor 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Don Cheadle Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
Las Vegas Film Critics Association Matt Dillon Best Supporting Actor 2005 Winner
Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association Matt Dillon Best Supporting Actor 2005 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Matt Dillon Best Supporting Actor 2005 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Matt Dillon Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Matt Dillon Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Matt Dillon Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2005 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Matt Dillon Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Matt Dillon Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Matt Dillon Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Matt Dillon Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
London Film Critics Association Thandie Newton Best British Supporting Actress 2005 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Thandie Newton Best Supporting Actress 2005 Winner
National Board of Review Terrence Howard Breakthrough Performance by an Actor 2005 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Terrence Howard Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Terrence Howard Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Ludacris Most Promising Performer 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts J. Michael Muro Best Cinematography 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cathy Schulman Best Picture 2005 Winner
Producers Guild of America Cathy Schulman Producer of the Year 2005 Nominee

Cast

Sandra Bullock
as Jean
Don Cheadle
as Graham Waters
Matt Dillon
as Jack Ryan
Jennifer Esposito
as Ria
Shaun Toub
as Farhad
Brendan Fraser
as Rick
Terrence Howard
as Cameron Thayer
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges
as Anthony
Thandie Newton
as Christine Thayer
William Fichtner
as Flanagan
Ryan Phillippe
as Officer Tom Hanson
Larenz Tate
as Peter
Michael Peña
as Daniel
Nona Gaye
as Karen
Loretta Devine
as Shaniqua
Beverly Todd
as Graham's Mother
Keith David
as Lt. Dixon
Sean Cory
as Motorcycle Cop
Tony Danza
as Fred
Billy Gallo
as Officer Hill
Karina Arroyave
as Elizabeth
Art Chudabala
as Ken Ho
James Haggis
as Lara's Friend
Ken Garito
as Bruce
Dato Bakhtadze
as Lucien
Marina Sirtis
as Shereen
Daniel Kim
as Park
Bahar Soomekh
as Dorri
Beverly Todd
as Graham's Mother
Bahar Soomekh
as Dorri
Marina Sirtis
as Shereen
Dato Bakhtadze
as Lucien
Art Chudabala
as Ken Ho
Sean Cory
as Motorcycle Cop
Nona Gaye
as Karen
Karina Arroyave
as Elizabeth
Daniel Kim
as Park
Tony Danza
as Fred
Billy Gallo
as Officer Hill
Ken Garito
as Bruce
James Haggis
as Lara's Friend
Loretta Devine
as Shaniqua
Keith David
as Lt. Dixon

Crew

Paul Haggis
Director
Paul Haggis
Producer
Bob Yari
Producer
Don Cheadle
Producer
Cathy Schulman
Producer
Mark R. Harris
Producer
Paul Haggis
Screen Story
Paul Haggis
Screenwriter
J. Michael Muro
Cinematographer
Mark Isham
Composer (Music Score)
Hughes Winborne
Editor
Laurence Bennett
Production Designer
Brandee Dell'Aringa
Art Director
Randi Hiller
Co-producer
Sarah Halley-Finn
Co-producer
Betsy Danbury
Co-producer
Dana Maksimovich
Associate Producer
Marina Grasic
Executive Producer
Andy Reimer
Executive Producer
Tom Nunan
Executive Producer
Jan Körbelin
Executive Producer
Linda Sutton
Set Decorator
Linda M. Bass
Costume Designer
Richard van Dyke
Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Cameron
First Assistant Director
Sarah Halley-Finn
Casting
Randi Hiller
Casting
Gary Wayton
Stunts Coordinator
Dana W. Gonzales
Second Unit Camera
Sandy Gendler
Supervising Sound Editor
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