Crash Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 7098

Average Rating: 2.5/4

# of Ratings: 79

Theatrical Release Date: 05/16/1996

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 12/01/2020

Language: English

Genre: Drama

MPAA Rating: NC-17

Director: David Cronenberg

Actors: James Spader, Holly Hunter, Rosanna Arquette, Deborah Kara Unger, Elias Koteas, Boyd Banks

Plot: After a near-fatal car crash a man is drawn into a dark world where car crashes and sexual desire collide.

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Snoogans - wrote on 12/06/2011

Cronenberg sets up this bizarrely interesting world of sexual fetishes with cars. Brutal accidents awaken weird desires in people who can't be aroused normally. I was into this premise and ready to see where it would go. But alas, it doesn't really go anywhere. Beginning to end, it's just a repetitive process of sex, vehicle accidents, and a combination of the two. Truly disappointed in this semi-exploitave picture.

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Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/21/2007

Cronenberg never tackles easy subjects in his films. Crash is no exception. This is a world where car crashes lead to some twisted sexual fetishes. The whole film has a detached feel - cold and machinical - both the crashes and the sex.

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Crash (1996) review

Daniel Corleone - wrote on 11/29/2012

Understanding and appreciating a David Cronenberg film can either be frustrating or enjoyable. This would depend if one has seen most of his films. A psychological drama based on a novel whose main characters are James Ballard (James Spader), a film producer, and his wife, Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger), who both are in a marriage were they openly can make love to different partners. Clearly whenever they "do it" one is not fully satisfied. James has an accident and Dr. Helen Remington (Holly Hunter) is involved. Vaughan (Elias Koteas) becomes fascinated with the physical injuries of James and Gabrielle (Rosanna Arquette) will be fancied by James. The performances were solid, car crashes so authentic and pace just right. Soundtrack was descent though you would rather focus on the …

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Yojimbo - wrote on 02/16/2012

David Cronenberg's adaptation of J. G. Ballard's novel revolves around a group of fetishists whose near death experiences in road accidents cause them to garner erotic pleasure from the sights and sounds of auto wrecks. As immaculately directed as it is, Crash will most certainly not to be to everyone's tastes. It's a study of the alienation from humanity of a group of individuals whose sexual encounters are little more than a series of impersonally brief and violent collisions, loaded with imagery of contorted figures and bondage fetishism. It's a strangely cold and distant film for something so full of sexual metaphors and eroticism, but that's kind of the point. James Spader made a career out of playing these kinds of sexually and socially deviant types, and Elias Koteas is one of the …

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Laughable if it wasn't so boring.

jmoney1776 - wrote on 11/06/2007

Cronenberg is an enigma. He makes well crafted movies that are intended to get under your skin. He doesn't deal in happy go lucky stories and sometimes he is incredibly successful at his trade. The Dead Zone, The Fly, Scanners, and A History of Violence are all wonderful films that do exactly what they're supposed to. Then there's the Cronenberg that makes Crash.

Crash, in a nut shell, is about people who get off sexually by being in car crashes, or at least being around them. Based on a novel by J.G. Ballard, the story itself fits Cronenberg like a glove. It's the wooden performances that really make this movie laughable. I understand that Cronenberg is going for detachment with these characters but generally I have to at least believe that people are mildly interested in what's …

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