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Crash [P&S] [DVD] [2005]

  • SKU: 7300253
  • Release Date: 09/06/2005
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (40 out of 42)

    Special Features


    • DVD introduction by director Paul Hagis
    • Crash behind the scenes
    • Commentary with Paul Haggis, Don Cheadle and Bobby Moresco
    • Full screen version
    • 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital audio
    • Trailers
    • English and Spanish subtitles
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Crash
    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

    Cast & Crew


    • Sandra Bullock
      Sandra Bullock - Jean
    • Don Cheadle
      Don Cheadle - Graham Waters
    • Matt Dillon
      Matt Dillon - Jack Ryan
    • Jennifer Esposito
      Jennifer Esposito - Ria
    • Shaun Toub
      Shaun Toub - Farhad



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 42 reviews

    95%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Extremely well-acted, but too coincidental

      Posted
      CrimsonKing42

      Crash unfairly received the Best Picture Academy Award in 2005. In my opinion, it was actually the weakest of the films that were nominated, but the greatest injustice was the defeat of Ang Lee's controversial cowboy forbidden love story "Brokeback Mountain". Crash's win seems like an excuse to avoid giving the Oscar to the movie about the cowboy love story by instead giving it to the film about racism. It's just a cop-out in my view. In any case, Crash still has some things going for it, and those things that work in the film work very well. Paul Haggis is a very gifted director, and his work here is quite noteworthy. The film looks great, and there is a gritty yet lyrical quality to the look of it. The acting is fantastic. The cast is about as A-List as an ensemble piece like this can get. Their participation (from Don Cheadle to Brendan Fraser) made the msking of this film possible, and it still took about two years to get made. It must be noted that this was a passion project for Haggis, which is obvious when one is viewing the film. I will not mention the acting, which is uniformly brilliant, save for one exception. The actor who gathered the most praise for this film is Matt Dillon, who plays a racist white cop. His father is struggling with urinary infections, and thus Dillon's character is shown both sympathetically in his struggles to help his father cope and negatively when he harrasses Terence Howard and Thandie Newton after pulling them over, and even molests Newton. The most incredulous part of the plot comes when less than two days after Dillon molested Newton, he must rescue her from her overturned vehicle before the leaking gas catches fire and blows up the car with her in it. It's a very powerful scene, but also somewhat ridiculous in its coincidence. The connections that are developped between all of the characters in the film take away some of its credibility storywise. However, the acting and direction are so good it's hard not to forgive these issues. Crash is a worthy film, though it tends to be overrated. However, since most people tend to really like it, you probably will too.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Let Me Explain...

      Posted
      tripplesix
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      The movie was great; many other reviews will tell you that. Why 2 stars? Because of the Blu Ray features. Zero! None! Say what? This Blu Ray actually has absolutely NO bonus features. They couldn't even put the commentary on it??? I don't consider audio selections and subtitles to be bonus features. My Crash DVD includes: Audio Commentary, DVD Intro, Behind the Scenes, Storyboard Compares, Script to Screen Compares, Music Montage, Photo Gallery. This review gives 5 stars to the movie and 0 stars to the disc, and thus 2 stars for the final product (a split down the middle; and you cannot give half stars; but it deserves to be rounded down and not up). Yes, to recommend to a friend if they only want the movie. No, to recommend to a friend if they like extras; in this case find the DVD version. Peace.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie If You're Dumb

      Posted
      FreakingRufio

      This is what happens when someone who doesn't understand subtlety tries to handle a subject like poor race relations. Every character in this movie, save for Ryan Phillipe early in the movie is just a terrible human being to every other character. Yes, you've figured out that racists cause problems, WHAT A SHOCKER! The reactions of the people in the film to other characters are completely unrealistic and caused me to constantly be reminded that I am watching a film about people who are trying to prove a point than actually being absorbed in the movie. Everything in this movie could have been avoided had people simply acted like normal, decent human beings. This movie makes me angry that it won awards with such a terrible story.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very, very good movie

      Posted
      nopcbs2

      This is just a very good low budget film that tries to get the point across that no one is all good and no one is all bad. And it does that well and cleverly. Sure, it is Hollywood in that the number of coincidences is not that likley and the multiple parallel stories prevents a lot of character development, but it is still great. Its biggest problem is not in the movie itself, but in all the resentment it got because it won the Academy Awards that some people with a political agenda thought were basically owed to Brokeback Mountain, a far worse movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the Best Movies Ever

      Posted
      PCasper

      This movie is one of the best overall movies I have ever seen. Not only is the movie entertaining, but it searches into social aspects of life. It delves into racial stereotypes, social class issues, and problems with the American society in general. The acting is great and the plot is even better. Each part of the movie has a new twist that keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering why this happened and what will happen next.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Story

      Posted
      ScottieB

      I really liked this movie in theaters, and again when I bought it on DVD. The actors do a great job, the scenes are well setup, the scenes flow, and the plot makes sense. The moral of the story comes out slowly (in most cases). However, after watching it a few times, it loses some of its value as a lot of the power is solely on its message, not so much on the stories. Rewatching diminishes, but if you haven't seen it you'll enjoy it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Most touching movie

      Posted
      amberino

      this is the most touching movie that i have ever seen. its all about how people from different walks of life 'crash' into each other every day and what happens when their views, cultures, and beliefs clash and what happens as a society. it is very touching. you will laugh, cry, and be moved. very good acting and very good story line and characters. this is a recommended movie in many of my cultural college classes.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie, very moving

      Posted
      canonaddict

      A movie that I think is very true. You never know who you're going to come to rely on in life. A very touching movie about how lives intertwine with strangers, everyday stereotypes and how our stereotypes can confront us later. This is really one of my favorite movies and I strongly recommend! As a side note my parents watched this movie and turned it off half way through. You have to watch the whole thing!!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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