Crash

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Released 1996

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Crash

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Director:
David Cronenberg
Released:
1996
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Crash is the controversial 1996 dramatic thriller based on the novel by J.G. Ballard (Empire of the Sun) and directed by legendary filmmaker David Cronenberg (The Fly, A History of Violence, The Brood, Videodrome, Scanners). A married couple, James (James Spader, Wolf, Sex, Lies and Videotape, Jack's Back) and Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger, The Game), experiment with anonymous sex. Things take a drastic turn after James gets into a serious car crash which injures Dr. Ellen Remington (Holly Hunter, Copycat, Raising Arizona) and kills her husband. Soon after their release from the hospital, both James and Ellen meet on a regular basis at the airport parking lot to have sex. Eventually they discover an underground sub-culture, headed by Vaughan (Elias Koteas, Zodiac, Apt Pupil, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Movie) of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who get off on car crashes. Through this medium James attempts to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.

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  • 60

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    The Crash characters sleepwalk through this story in a state of futuristic numbness, seeking extreme forms of sensation because familiar feelings have long since failed them. It's ...

  • 30

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Cronenberg is a master of creating and sustaining a mood of insinuating cool and dark allure, but while the director remains firmly behind the wheel for the first hour or so, he cr...

  • 10

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The filmmaking here is so glacially paced (the final script was only 62 pages for a 100-minute film) and enervating that boredom is the most frequent result.

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    90s, Thrillers