Director: David Cronenberg Year: 1996 Run Time: 100min

Written and directed by David Cronenberg and based on J. G. Ballard’s 1973 novel of the same name, Crash tells the uncomfortable (and controversial) story of a group of people who are turned on by car crashes, a unique form of paraphilia.

After hitting Dr. Helen Remington (Hunter)’s vehicle in a critical car accident, film producer James Ballard (Spader), a man in an open marriage, and Remington, whose husband died in the crash, begin an unlikely affair that seems to take place exclusively in and around automobiles. While he is recovering, Ballard meets Vaughan (Koteas), a man who leads a bizarre subculture of people who fetishize car crashes, car safety tests and traffic accidents in general. As Vaughan’s unusual cult meetings intersect with their lives, Ballard finds deeper meaning not just in his marriage, but in mankind’s increasingly intertwined and disturbing relationship to technology.


David Cronenberg


David Cronenberg


David Cronenberg, Robert Lantos, Jeremy Thomas


James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Unger


Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller






Crash is filmed and set in Ontario. David Cronenberg is from Ontario.

Ratings by Province:

NR Alberta
NR British Columbia
NR Manitoba
R New Brunswick
R Newfoundland and Labrador
R Nova Scotia
NR Northwest Territories
NR Nunavut
R Ontario
R Prince Edward Island
18+ Québec
NR Saskatchewan
NR Yukon