Crash: Lorey Sebastian
EW Staff
April 21, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Crash (Movie - 2005)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
107 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/06/05
performer
Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Tony Danza, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Jason Isaacs, Ludacris, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe
director
Paul Haggis
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Paul Haggis, Robert Moresco
genre
Drama

We gave it an A

When is getting carjacked a good thing? If you’re veteran writer Paul Haggis (Million Dollar Baby), it’s when that experience winds up fictionalized in your feature directorial debut. Some 15 years ago, Haggis and his wife had their car stolen at gunpoint — but not before the thieves also made off with their Blockbuster video rental. ”It was a Norwegian film about fishermen,” Haggis laughs. Which got him thinking about what his adversaries must have thought of him: ”It’s a Saturday night, he’s got a hot woman on his arm…. He’s going to watch a video about Norwegian fishermen? What is wrong with white people?!” Stemming in part from that ordeal, Crash is a tragicomic multicharacter study of L.A. race relations, with a heavyweight cast fronted by Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Ryan Phillippe, Brendan Fraser, and Ludacris.

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