Crash script
Crash (2005)
Synopsis: Writer-director Paul Haggis interweaves several connected stories about race, class, family and gender in Los Angeles in the aftermath of 9/11. Characters include a district attorney (Brendan Fraser) and his casually prejudiced wife (Sandra Bullock), dating police detectives Graham (Don Cheadle) and Ria (Jennifer Esposito), a victimized Middle Eastern store owner and a wealthy African-American couple (Terrence Dashon Howard, Thandie Newton) humiliated by a racist traffic cop (Matt Dillon).


Where were you?


In the private aircraft hangar. Anybody

could have walked in.


Did you come?


No. What about your camera girl? Did she



We were interrupted. I had to go back to

the set...

Catherine turns towards James and pulls open her blouse, exposing

her left breast. She pulls James's face down and presses her

nipple against his cheek.


Poor darling.


What can I do about Karen? How can I

arrange to have her seduce me? She

desperately needs a conquest.


I've been thinking about that, about you

and Karen.


James lingers amongst racks of nightdresses outside a change

cubicle. Monitored by a bored, seen-it-all middle-aged saleslady,

James glances now and then through the curtains to watch Karen

help Catherine try on underwear.

Karen, Catherine's secretary, a moody, unsmiling girl, is

methodically involved in the soft technology of Catherine's

breasts and the brassieres designed to show them off.

Karen touches Catherine with peculiar caresses, tapping her

lightly with the tips of her fingers, first upon the shoulders

along the pink grooves left by her underwear, then across her

back, where the metal clasps of her brassiere have left a

medallion of impressed skin, and finally to the elastic-patterned

grooves beneath Catherine's breasts themselves.

Catherine stands through this in a trance-like state, gabbling to

herself in a low voice, as the tip of Karen's right forefinger

surreptitiously touches her nipple.


James sits in the car beside his wife. She watches as his fingers

move across the control panel, switching on the ignition, the

direction indicator, selecting the drive lever, fastening his seat


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Paul Haggis

Paul Edward Haggis (born March 10, 1953) is a Canadian director, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known as screenwriter and producer for consecutive Best Picture Oscar winners, 2004's Million Dollar Baby and 2005's Crash, the latter of which he also directed. more…

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