Crash Movie Review Summary

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

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Crash

James Ballard and his wife Catherine spice up their sex life by relating their infidelities. James is badly injured in a car crash that kills the other male driver and injures his passenger, Helen (Hunter). They end up in the same hospital, and run into each other later at an automobile wrecking yard, and eventually meet Vaughan, a photographer obsessed with the nexus between sexuality and car crashes: he restages fatal celebrity auto accidents. James and Helen join members of Vaughan's group in various combinations of sex acts in motor vehicles, either with other victims or with prostitutes who are made to contort themselves like crash victims. Based on J.G. Ballard's shocking 1960s novel, this 1996 film version, written and directed by David Cronenberg, is shocking and uncomfortable, but all surface and in the service of little further purpose. Kudos to the brave performers, though -- especially Hunter.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Based on J. G. Ballard novel, CRASH has been written and directed by David Cronenberg in 1996. Special Prize of the Jury at the 1996 Cannes Festival.

Canada, nowadays. James Spader and Deborah Unger are a married couple looking for some variety in their sex life. Each night, they tell each other their mutual infidelities. One night, James Spader provokes a car accident that leaves him badly injured. In the second car involved in the crash, Holly Hunter's husband has died and Holly is transferred in the same hospital than James Spader. They meet and get sexually involved. Holly presents Elias Koteas to Spader. Koteas is a man obsessed by the relation between car crashes and sexuality and actually present public shows recreating, with stuntmen, car crashes that have involved celebrities such as James Dean or Jayne Mansfield. In Koteas's fetishist group, Spader also makes the acquaintance of Rosanna Arquette whose legs have been horribly wounded in a car accident. Spader, Unger, Hunter, Arquette and Koteas experience together various sexual situations in the middle of the multiple highways and freeways of the city.

Disturbing and provocative. A masterpiece.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of Crash

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   boatload of casual sex without love Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   molestation    -   main character serviced by a prostitute    -   Lesbians!    -   really kinky sex! Brain/Body not working?    -   physical disability Lover is...    -   physically ill or deformed Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   producer/director Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   wealthy

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   licking    -   lesbians!    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing full frontal--women Any profanity?    -   Some foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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