Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Peter. After their thwarted attempt to steal Cameron's car, Peter and Anthony split up, and Peter begins hitchhiking on the highway. Officer Hanson finally picks him up after a few hours. They listen to a Country music station on the radio, and this leads to an argument. Hanson is sure that his passenger is carrying a gun, and Peter knows this. Peter angrily reaches into his pocket, so Hanson shoots him. Peter was actually going to show him the St. Christopher figurine he always carries with him. Hanson realizes that he is just as racist as his ex-partner. He leaves Peter's body in a field, and sets his car on fire. In the beginning of the movie, Graham is investigating the site where Peter's body is found. We then find out that Peter is Graham's missing brother. When Graham tries to console his grief-stricken mother at the hospital, she blames him for Peter's death, claiming that he would not be dead if he had tried to find him.
Yes. York has a brief appearance as Officer Johnson. The song is very soulful, and emphasizes the dramatic action in the movie.
Ria. Graham (Don Cheadle) is the detective we see at the beginning of the movie who is philosophizing about life in L.A. Graham is arguably the main character of "Crash". Ria (Jennifer Esposito) is his girlfriend, who gets into an accident with an Asian-American woman. Later in the movie, they are in bed, and Graham's mother (Beverly Todd) calls him. She wants him to find his younger brother who was missing. Graham tells her that he is busy having sex with a white woman. This angers Ria, both because she does not like how he talks to his mother, and she is Hispanic. He claims that being Mexican is the same thing as being white, but he wanted to annoy his mother. She gets angrier, telling him that her parents are from Puerto Rico and El Salvador, and neither are Mexican.
|Daniel, the locksmith, tells his daughter that when he was a kid, he was given an invisible, impenetrable cloak. What does he tell her gave it to him?||"Crash": Linked Lives in L.A.
A fairy. Daniel's daughter Lara (Ashlyn Sanchez) is hiding under her bed when Daniel comes home from work. When he asks her why, she tells him that she thought she heard a gun. In their old neighborhood, a bullet went through her window while she was sleeping. At this point, he tells her his story about the fairy who gave him his cloak. He pretends to take it out, and he puts it around her, telling her that it will keep her safe. The next day, Farhad manages to track down Daniel with the intention of shooting him, to get revenge for his store. When Lara sees a gun being pointed at her father, she jumps in front of him to protect him just as the gun is fired. This is the most heart-wrenching part of the movie as Daniel cries out in agony. Then he realizes that Lara is all right. We later find out that Farhad's daughter Doori (Bahar Soomekh) bought him blanks instead of regular bullets. Farhad believes that Lara is his guardian angel, who kept him from doing something horrible.
Farhad. Farhad (Shaun Toub) is buying a gun and bullets at the beginning of the movie for protection in his store because the lock on his front door is broken. He calls a locksmith (Michael Peņa) who tells him that the problem is the door and not the lock. Farhad thinks he is being cheated, and refuses to pay for the service. He comes into the store the next day to find it has been looted and vandalized by people who want him out of the neighborhood because they think he is a terrorist. When the insurance representative arrives, he claims that since Farhad did not heed the locksmith's advice, insurance will not cover the damage to the store.
Tony Danza . Danza has a brief role as Fred on the show that Cameron is directing. Fred is clearly racist. He intimidates Cameron into changing the lines of a black character in the show so that he sounds less intelligent, which he believes is accurate. Cameron grudgingly agrees, realizing that his wife Christine is right about the fact that he avoids racial confrontation. Later in the day, Anthony and Peter try to carjack him, but he loses his temper and soon winds up in a showdown with the police. Officer Ryan's ex-partner Officer Hanson manages to keep the police from shooting Cameron by telling them that he knows him, and warns Cameron not to press the matter.
Anthony and Peter. Anthony and Peter make their living stealing cars and taking them to a chop shop. At the beginning of the movie, the two of them come out of a restaurant and Anthony complains that they got poor service because they were black. Peter counters this by stating that their waitress was black as well. Anthony replies that she knew two black guys would not tip well (so he gave her what she expected). He goes on to gripe that even though they are in a white neighborhood, people on the sidewalk are trying to avoid them as much as possible. He proves that this complaint is about as valid as his first one when he and Peter proceed to steal a white couple's (Brendan Fraser and Sandra Bullock) SUV at gunpoint.
John. Matt Dillon's character's first name is barely revealed, but if you listen closely, you can hear his partner Officer Hanson (Ryan Phillippe) call him John. Officer Ryan is a police officer who is frustrated with his life because his father needs medical attention, but cannot afford it. He blames this on a black woman (Loretta Divine) who works for his medical insurance company. He takes out his anger on a black man named Cameron (Terence Howard) who he pulls over, and even goes so far as to molest Cameron's wife Christine (Thandie Newton)! The next day, Officer Ryan is forced to take a hard look at his racist attitude when he tries to pull Christine out of a burning car, and she refuses to be rescued by him because she is afraid of him.
Paul Haggis. Haggis began his career in television on shows such as "thirtysomething" and "Northern Exposure". "Crash" is his feature film debut as a director. He was the first director for 2004's "Million Dollar Baby" for which he also adapted the screenplay, but Clint Eastwood requested that he be able to direct the film. Haggis agreed, and Eastwood subsequently won Best Picture and Best Director Oscars. Haggis's screenplay lost to "Sideways". An interesting side note is that Haggis was inspired to write the screenplay to "Crash" after getting his car stolen. Carjacking is an event which occurs a number of times in the movie.
Larenz Tate. Tate, a native of Chicago, Illinois, had the role of Peter Waters. Peter was Graham's younger brother and had a lot of trouble with the law. He and his friend, Anthony, tended to steal cars and they managed to steal D.A. Cabot's car. Eventually, Peter did not want to be involved in stealing cars anymore, and he decided to hitch a ride out of town. Officer Tom Hansen picked up Peter and they started to talk, in the car. At one point, their discussion turned into an argument and Hansen watched as Peter reached for his pocket. Hansen assumed Peter was going to shoot him so he got his gun and shot Peter dead. Hansen saw that Peter had a harmless object in his pocket, and regretted killing Peter. Graham went to the hospital and comforted his mom, as they grieved for Peter. However, Graham's mom blamed him for Peter's death since he did not reach him in time. Tate had guest starring roles on the TV shows "Waterfront", "South Central", and "Family Matters."
|Even though I violated Christine's body when I frisked her inappropriately, she was grateful that I saved her from her car that blew to pieces. Who am I?||Who Played Me in "Crash"?
Matt Dillon. Dillon, born on February 18th, 1964 in New Rochelle, New York, was cast as Officer John Ryan. Officer Ryan pulled over Cameron and Christine Thayer when he believed that Christine did something sexually inappropriate to Cameron while he drove his car. He frisked Christine and asked her if she had any weapons and she told him she had on a cocktail dress and it was unlikely. Officer Ryan responded that she would be surprised at where he had found weapons. In the middle of the movie, Officer Ryan responded to a call in which there was a car wreck. Christine was involved in the wreck, and her car had flipped over and she was stuck inside. When Officer Ryan reached for her, in her car, she pulled back and told him to get another officer to rescue her. He told her there was no time and that she had to trust him to get her out. Officer Ryan was successful in getting Christine out of the car before it blew to smithereens. Dillon starred in the films "The Outsiders", "There's Something about Mary", and "Wild Things." In 2006, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role of Officer John Ryan in "Crash" but he lost to George Clooney for "Syriana." Other Oscar nominees for Best Supporting Actor that year were William Hurt for "A History of Violence", Jake Gyllenhaal for "Brokeback Mountain", and Paul Giamatti for "Cinderella Man."
Jennifer Esposito. Esposito was cast in the role of Ria, a fellow police detective. Ria and Graham were partners, as detectives, and both investigated the case that involved a racist white cop killing a corrupt black cop. In one scene, they had sex and were interrupted by a phone call from Graham's mother, in which she urged Graham to find his brother. Ria was upset with Graham over how nasty he was to his mother, and Graham started to badmouth Hispanics, which upset Ria. Ria, in turn, was disrespectful towards Asians when she poked fun of an Asian woman's flubbing the word "brake", as she said "blake" instead. Espositio guest starred on the TV shows "Law & Order", "Judging Amy", and "Prince Street."
Don Cheadle. Cheadle, born in 1964 in Kansas City, Missouri, got the part of Detective Graham Waters. Waters came from a poor family and tried his hardest not to deal with them, especially his criminal brother, Peter, who was involved in robbing D.A. Cabot's car. Waters told his mother he would help find Peter but he was also caught up in a case that involved a racist white cop who shot and killed a corrupt African American police officer. Another officer, Flanagan, informed Waters that his brother, Peter, had a warrant for his arrest and it would be his third felony, which meant, if convicted, Peter would get a life sentence, via the three strikes law. Cheadle was seen in the movies "Swordfish", "Rush Hour 2", and "Traffic." In 2005, Cheadle received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the movie "Hotel Rwanda", but lost to Jamie Foxx for "Ray." Other Oscar nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role that year were Johnny Depp for "Finding Neverland", Clint Eastwood for "Million Dollar Baby", and Leonardo DiCaprio for "The Aviator."
Loretta Devine. Devine, a native of Houston, Texas, had the small role of Shaniqua Johnson. Ms. Johnson worked for an insurance company that handled Officer Ryan's father's business. When Ryan's father had health problems, Officer Ryan called up Ms. Johnson and asked her for advice and she told him to make an appointment to come in while they were open to discuss his father's case. On the phone, Officer Ryan asked for Ms. Johnson's name and she told him her name was Shaniqua. He replied that it was no surprise she had that name so she hung up. In the middle of the film, Officer Ryan met with Shaniqua, at her office, and apologized to her for his behavior over the phone. At this meeting, Officer Ryan spoke to her about his father but then he got nasty with Shaniqua, and she had security escort him out of her office. At the end of the film, Shaniqua was in her car and someone rear-ended her. She was last seen getting out of her car to confront the guy who hit her in the rear. Devine had stints on the TV series "Eli Stone", "Boston Legal", and "Supernatural."
Terrence Howard. Howard, born on March 11th, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois, was cast as Cameron Thayer. Cameron directed TV shows for a living, and was also a Buddhist. When Officer Ryan pulled his car over, he apologized to him about what he and his wife, Christine, did and Officer Ryan told him he would let them both off with a warning. In the middle of the film, Christine visited him at work, and told him she was sorry about what happened the other night and he told her to just go home. In the next scene, Cameron was in his car and a guy named Peter managed to get into the passenger seat and hold him at gunpoint. Cameron told him he would not let him steal his car and they fought. A police officer noticed the commotion and cornered the car, on a nearby street, and one of the officers that responded was Tom Hansen (he was with Officer Ryan when Ryan frisked Cameron and Christine). Hansen told his fellow police officers he knew Cameron and he asked Cameron to behave or else the cops would shoot him dead and they would be justified. Hansen persuaded his fellow officer to let Cameron go with a harsh warning. Cameron accepted the warning and went straight home. Howard guest starred on the TV series "Soul Food", "NYPD Blue", and "New York Undercover." In 2006, Howard received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the film "Hustle and Flow", but lost to Philip Seymour Hoffman for "Capote." Other Oscar nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role that year were Heath Ledger for "Brokeback Mountain", David Strathairn for "Good Night, and Good Luck", and Joaquin Phoenix for "Walk the Line."
|I hated the way that Officer Ryan frisked me but was relieved when he, later, saved me from death. Who am I?||Who Played Me in "Crash"?
Thandie Newton. Newton landed the part of Christine Thayer. Christine was married to a film producer named Cameron and they drove home one night after an awards show and were pulled over by Officer Ryan. Officer Ryan told them both that it appeared as if Christine gave her husband "pleasure" while he operated an automobile and that this constituted to reckless endangerment. Officer Ryan told both Christine and Cameron to step out of the vehicle since he assumed they both had something to drink. When Christine got mouthy, Officer Ryan patted her down and reached for her private parts, which upset Christine very much. When she got home, she wanted to file a complaint with Internal Affairs but her husband advised her not to do this. To find out how Officer Ryan saved Christine's life, see the "Interesting Info" section for question nine. Newton starred in the movies "W.", "The Pursuit of Happyness", and "The Chronicles of Riddick."
Michael Pena. Pena, born in 1976 in Chicago, Illinois, got the part of Daniel. Daniel changed locks for a living, and was upset over how the D.A.'s wife, Jean, stereotyped him as some gang-banging hoodlum. After he was done changing their lock, he gave them a key and walked off in disappointment. Later on in the movie, the owner of a shop had a broken lock and asked Daniel to fix it. Daniel fixed it and the owner said it was not fixed but Daniel assured him he repaired it right the first time. The owner went to Daniel's home one day, and aimed to shoot him but his daughter got in the way. Daniel's daughter survived, to the relief of her mom and dad. Pena had roles in the films "World Trace Center", "Babel", and "Million Dollar Baby."
Sandra Bullock. Bullock, a native of Arlington, Virginia, portrayed Jean Cabot in "Crash." Jean was frightened after she and her husband were robbed, and immediately went back home. There, someone changed their locks but Jean was unhappy that it was someone who looked like a gang-banger, so she told her husband to change the locks, again, in the morning. Her husband told her the guy, who already changed it, looked fine but Jean commented that he would probably sell a new key to one of his gang-banging friends, and this upset the guy. Jean and Rick argued over issues like racism, and she finally told her husband that he needed to start to actually care about what was happening. Later in the movie, Jean tripped down the stairs and was injured but she survived. Bullock starred in the films, "Miss Congeniality", "Hope Floats", and "Demolition Man."
|My car was stolen and, as D.A. of Los Angeles, I used my contacts to try and get my car back. Who am I?||Who Played Me in "Crash"?
Brendan Fraser. Fraser, born on December 3rd, 1968 in Indianapolis, Indiana, was cast as District Attorney Rick Cabot. Rick and his wife were walking to their car one night, and two men came up and robbed them right as they got into their car. Rick gave them the keys and told them to take the car. Back home, Rick talked about the dilemma he faced if he prosecuted these guys or not. Since the people that stole his car were black, he remarked that, if he did not prosecute them, he would lose the law and order vote and, if he did, he would lose the black vote. His co-worker told him he had a lot of support in the black community, but Rick was still upset about this difficult decision. Fraser was in the movies "Encino Man", "The Mummy Returns", and "Airheads."