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->"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 [[TitleDrop crash]] into each other, just so we can feel something."
-->--'''Det. Graham Waters'''

''If you're looking for the J.G. Ballard novel which inspired a completely different film, [[{{Literature/Crash}} go here]]. If not, read on.''

''Crash'' debuted at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival. It saw general release the next year and was the AcademyAward winner for Best Picture of 2005. This ensemble piece directed by Paul Haggis addresses racism affecting the lives of several Los Angelenos as they intersect over several days' time. The incident that starts it all off is the carjacking of a white couple, the Cabots, by two black carjackers, Anthony and Peter...

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* AdoptTheDog: Anthony releasing the vanload of illegal immigrants rather than selling them.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: [[spoiler:At point blank range, a gunshot will do some heavy damage, blank round or not.]]
* AsianDrivers: Towards the end of the film, causing said crash and with a heavy accent to boot. For a movie about racial stereotypes, this is pretty ironic, no?
** Also occurs at the beginning of the film, and played with in Ria's racial insults.
* AsianStoreOwner: Farhad.
* BitingTheHandHumor: Anthony's rant about why modern Hip Hop music sucks. Anthony is played by Ludacris, a hip-hop artist.
* ChekhovsGun: Plenty.
* TheCSIEffect: When Anthony tries to sell an SUV [[spoiler: with which he'd accidentally run over a man]], the chop shop owner turns him down with a rant about how every week on TV some guy thinks he can outsmart the forensic experts and [[GenreSavvy ends up going to jail with a stupid look on his face.]]
* DeathByRacism: Averted and subverted.
* TheDutifulSon: Officer Ryan to his sick father.
* EmbarrassingCoverUp: After the incident with the Thayers, Tom asks for reassignment to a single car due to his partner John's stark racism. However, since it would be incredibly detrimental to the careers of both Tom and his African American superior to go on record about John's racism, they use a cover story of uncontrollable flatulence so Tom can have his own car.
* EverythingIsRacist: Anthony endlessly rants about about being stereotyped as a ScaryBlackMan, as he goes around stealing people's cars at gunpoint.
* FantasticRacism: The whole point of the film is what people, of all races, perceive of the different races.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: {{Deconstructed}} rather brtutally even though they didn't interact through the movie. [[spoiler:Waters is the detective who looks after his drug abusing mother, while Peter (younger brother) is out carjacking with a friend and is now dead.]]
* FreudianExcuse: The reason for Officer Ryan's animosity towards black people, as he explains to Shaniqua Johnson, is that his father was a janitor all his life and helped African Americans through his career. Then, when better jobs started hiring, only the African Americans got the jobs, not his father.
* HeroicFireRescue: How Officer John Ryan gets his CharacterDevelopment into a NobleBigotWithABadge.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Anthony and Peter.
* HumansAreFlawed
* HyperlinkStory
* HypocriticalHumor: Done rather darkly; most memorably, the carjacking that sets everything off is perpetrated after Anthony rants about why white Los Angelenos, the LAPD especially, would think the worst of them even if they aren't intimidating and vastly outnumbered by white people in the area with a danger of police harassment, so they should be scared instead.
-->'''Anthony''': "So why aren't we scared?"
-->'''Peter''': "Maybe 'cause we got guns?"
-->'''Anthony''': "You could be right." (They rush off to carjack a rich white couple).
** Anthony is a master at this. Just prior to the carjacking, he and Peter are leaving a restaurant and Anthony is complaining about the service, arguing that the waitress didn't serve them well because of the stereotype that blacks are bad tippers. When Peter asks Anthony how much of a tip he left, Anthony incredulously asks "You expect me to pay for that kind of service?"
* IncomingHam: Quite a bit, though [[SandraBullock Mrs Cabot]]'s fuming racist tirade and Terrence Howard going Tupac on a cop who's stopped him stand out.
* InfantImmortality: That invisible cape really ''does'' work. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Kinda]].
* KarmaHoudini: Hanson, who gets away with killing [[spoiler: Peter]] and burns the evidence. Though to be honest [[spoiler: Peter]] had carjacked people and had actually run over a man, he still could have admitted to accidentally shooting him.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* TheManIsKeepingUsDown
* NiceGuy: Daniel Ruiz, the locksmith. He's a hard worker, family man, and doesn't hurl ''one'' racist insult with and without people around him. Even when Farhad accused Daniel of trying to cheat him, Daniel yells, but only telling to ''change'' the door.
* NobleBigotWithABadge: Officer John Ryan.
* NotSoDifferent: Hey, guess what, we have the same figurine. That's funny. [[spoiler:Oh crap you just shot me.]]
* OneDegreeOfSeparation
* OneWomanWail: She pretty much sings through the entire second half of the movie.
* OscarBait
* PatronSaint: A miniature statue of St. Christopher.
* RecycledTheSeries: The TV show ''Crash'', starring the late Dennis Hopper as a misanthropic Hollywood producer whose life intersects with characters from all walks of life in LA. (See Series page).
* ShootHimHeHasAWallet: Hanson shoots [[spoiler:Peter]] in the chest because of this. But the "weapon" [[spoiler:Peter]] took out [[NotSoDifferent was only a figurine that looked identical to the one Hanson had]].
* SpiritualSuccessor: To the 1991 film ''Film/GrandCanyon'', which features Creator/SteveMartin as a misanthropic Hollywood producer (playing against type) whose life intersects with characters from all walks of life in LA, and which popularized the notion that LA was a WretchedHive of [[OneDegreeOfSeparation Class Tension]] less than a year before the Rodney King riots. If not, in fact, TheRemake of ''Grand Canyon''.
* TakingTheBullet: After Farhad's store is sacked and his insurance claim is denied, he confronts Daniel, who he blames, and winds up shooting him. Daniel's daughter decides to save him with her invisible cloak. [[spoiler: Nobody dies because the bullets were blanks. Farhad thinks it's a miracle, and that the little girl is his angel. In fact his daughter (wisely) bought them instead as she was ''afraid someone would be hurt''.]]
* TheUnfavorite: [[spoiler:Heavily implied with Waters's relaitionship with his mother during the last scene: She blames him for Peter's death and calls him [Peter] her ''only'' son.]]
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Averted when Anthony, who's entire worldview is colored by the inescapability of racism and the history of slavery has a chance to sell a vanload of Asian refugees into modern-day slavery. He ends up letting them go instead.

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