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Crash

“Crash is not just one of the best Hollywood movies about race, but one of the finest portrayals of contemporary Los Angeles life period. It begins as it ends, with the discovery by two cops (played by Don Cheadle and Jennifer Esposito, who are also lovers in the movie) of a man’s body sprawled beside a freeway, then jogs back 24 hours to the events that led to his death.“Fast and fluidly paced, the movie traffics in a kind of nervous brinkmanship rotated among encounters between Angelenos whose only common bond is that they’re trying to rub along in the same geographical space. An Iranian shop owner (Shaun Toub) feuds with his Mexican locksmith (Michael Peña). Two respectably dressed young African-Americans (Larenz Tate and musician Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges) gripe about whites stereotyping black men as criminals, then coolly hijack the car of a well-heeled district attorney (Brendan Fraser) and his paranoid wife (Sandra Bullock). A redneck cop with a vile temper (beautifully played by Matt Dillon) openly harasses an affluent black couple (Terrence Howard and Thandie Newton). As the night wears on, more fights erupt, and the crucible of threat, paranoia and simmering violence heats up to boiling point.“Director and co-writer Paul Haggis has claimed that Crash is less about race than about the frayed nerves and mistrust that shape public encounters, that ethnic prejudice is a cover for the communal loneliness and mistrust of strangers that will always cloud the life of a city. Warm and worldly-wise, Haggis seems to argue not that we can get along, but that somehow, person by person, no matter how inflammatory the racial rhetoric, we sort of do.� – Ella Taylor, LA Weekly
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Directed by: 
Paul Haggis
Running Time: 
111
Starring: 
Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Thandie Newton, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Esposito, Brendan Fraser
Screenplay by: 
Paul Haggis, Bobby Moresco

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