Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.
Helena Bonham Carter
Over a thirty-six hour period in Los Angeles, a handful of disparate people's lives intertwine as they deal with the tense race relations that belie life in the city. Among the players are: the Caucasian district attorney, who uses race as a political card; his Caucasian wife, who, having recently been carjacked by two black men, believes that her stereotypical views of non-whites is justified and cannot be considered racism; the two black carjackers who use their race both to their advantage and as an excuse; partnered Caucasian police constables, one who is a racist and uses his authority to harass non-whites, and the other who hates his partner because of those racist views, but who may have the same underlying values in his subconscious; a black film director and his black wife, who believes her husband doesn't support their black background enough, especially in light of an incident with the racist white cop; partnered police detectives and sometimes lovers, one Hispanic female ... Written by
A TV series based on the play was produced by Starz in 2008. It ran for two seasons, being truncated by the death of its lead actor, Dennis Hopper. See more »
When the gun store clerk is listing the "types" of bullets that will work in the gun, he says ".45 long Colt". This is a caliber not a type and too large a caliber to fit this revolver. A later closeup of the box of ammunition confirms the gun is a 38 special. See more »
It's the sense of touch. In any real city, you walk, you know? You brush past people, people bump into you. In L.A., nobody touches you. We're always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something.
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Producers gratefully acknowledge the valuable assistance of The Culbert Family; Members of the Actors Gym, Hollywood, California. See more »
Sure it's a good movie - if you've never thought about racism before.
"Crash" will tell you that racism is bad. It will also tell you that we all have our problems and we all have some kind of prejudice. It will suggest that maybe we need to put ourselves in someone else's shoes before we judge them. It shows us that sometimes good people do bad things and bad people do good things. Oh, and guns are bad, too, mmmkay? All of these sentiments are well and good. However, they are presented in a manipulative, preachy and not very plausible way. I suppose "Crash" is thought-provoking if you have never thought about racism before. If your head hasn't been buried in the sand for the past 10-20-100 years, however, you may be bored by the story and the plot twists (many of which you will see coming). If you want a movie that says something provocative about racism, try renting "Do the Right Thing." If you want a squishy, Hollywood film that will make you feel better for seeing it - but in an arrogant "Oh, I'm so open-minded" way - go with "Crash." Oh, the acting is wonderful.
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