David Cronenberg’s controversial film adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s cult science-fiction novel won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes in May 1996 for its 'courage, daring and originality'. James Ballard and his wife lead a life of casual sexual encounters in a world of eight-lane highways. After a collision, James discovers the perverse pleasures of warped steel.

When he runs into the female survivor of the crash again, this soon leads to a wild sexual escapade. They are 'discovered' by the shady scientific researcher Vaughan, the driving force behind an obsessed group of people who enjoy reenacting famous fatal crashes, such as those of Jayne Mansfield and James Dean in his Porsche. Cronenberg uncompromisingly brings technology crashing into the human psyche, filmed in the colours of cold steel, and featuring a polished, metallic soundtrack by master composer Howard Shore.

Also see Crash Live Score by Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Masterclass: Howard Shore.

Filmmaker
David Cronenberg
Country
Canada
Year
1996
Medium
DCP
Length
100’
Language
English
Producer
David Cronenberg
Production Company
Alliance
Sales
HanWay Films
Writer
David Cronenberg
Cinematography
Peter Suschitzky
Editor
Ronald Sanders
Production Design
Carol Spier
Sound Design
Lou Solakofski, Orest Sushko
Music
Howard Shore
Cast
James Spader, Holly Hunter, Deborah Kara Unger, Elias Koteas, Rosanna Arquette, Peter MacNeill