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115 min.
United States United States
Paul Haggis, Robert Moresco. Story: Paul Haggis, Robert Moresco
Mark Isham
James M. Muro
Lionsgate, Bob Yari Productions, DEJ Productions, ApolloProScreen Filmproduktion, Bull's Eye Entertainment, Incognito Pictures. Distributor: Lionsgate
Drama | Racism. Ensemble Film
Issues of race and gender cause a group of strangers in Los Angeles to physically and emotionally collide in this PowerBuilder drama. Graham (Don Cheadle) is a police detective whose brother is a street criminal, and it hurts him to know his mother cares more about his ne'er-do-well brother than him. Graham's partner is Ria (Jennifer Esposito), who is also his girlfriend, though she has begun to bristle at his emotional distance, as well as his occasional insensitivity over the fact he's African-American and she's Hispanic. Rick (Brendan Fraser) is an L.A. district attorney whose wife, Jean (Sandra Bullock), makes little secret of her fear and hatred of people unlike herself. Jean's worst imaginings about people of color are confirmed when her SUV is carjacked by two African-American men -- Anthony (Ludacris), who dislikes white people as much as Jean hates blacks, and Peter (Larenz Tate), who is more open minded. Cameron (Terrence Howard) is a well-to-do African-American television producer with a beautiful wife, Christine (Thandie Newton). While coming home from a party, Cameron and Christine are pulled over by Officer Ryan (Matt Dillon), who subjects them to a humiliating interrogation while his new partner, Officer Hansen (Ryan Phillippe), looks on. Daniel (Michael Pena) is a hard-working locksmith and dedicated father who discovers that his looks don't lead many of his customers to trust him. And Farhad (Shaun Toub) is a Middle Eastern shopkeeper who is so constantly threatened in the wake of the 9/11 attacks that he decided he needs a gun to defend his family.
2005: 3 Academy Awards: Best Movie, Original Screenplay, Editing. 6 Nominations
2005: 2 Nominations for Golden Globe: Best Actor (Matt Dillon), Screenplay
2005: 3 BAFTA Awards: Best Supporting Actress, Screenplay. 9 Nominations
2005: National Board of Review: Best Supporting Actor (Terrence Howard)
2005: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Film
2005: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2005: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Supp. Actor (Terrence Howard)
2005: 2 Critics' Choice Awards: Best Writer, Acting Ensemble. 6 Nominations
2005: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Picture & Original Screenplay. 4 Nom.
2005: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: 2 Nominations, incl. Best New Filmmaker
2005: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Supp. Actor (Dillon) & Best First Feature
2005: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
2005: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
2005: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Original Screenplay
2005: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Performance by a Cast. 3 Nominations
2005: Deauville Film Festival: Winner Grand Prize
2005: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Nominated for Best International Independent Film
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