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Gardiner Expressway and Richmond

Crash (1996)
Exterior Highway
Gardiner Expressway and Richmond

In the film’s climax, Catherine Ballard (Deborah Kara Unger) drives off the Don Valley Parkway while her husband James (James Spader) looks on from his own car. In the final shot, the couple makes love beside her mangled vehicle, which has come to rest just off the Richmond Street ramp. Earlier in the film, the same ramp is the site of James and Catherine’s nighttime ride with Vaughan (Elias Koteas), who seeks out traffic accident victims to be photographic subjects of his fetishistic obsession. Designer Carol Spier researched at the University of Toronto’s medical library, studying books on car casualties to develop Vaughan’s photo collection.

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James Ballard (James Spader) and his wife Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger) next to the Don Valley Parkway in the final scene from Crash. James Ballard (James Spader) pulls his wife Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger) from a car wreck in Crash.

Crash, 1996
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James Ballard (James Spader) and his wife Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger) drive dangerously on Toronto's Don Valley Parkway in Crash. James Ballard (James Spader) runs his wife Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger) off the road in Crash.

Crash, 1996
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This roadside hill next to the Don Valley Parkway near Richmond St. was a location for the final scene in Crash. The climax of Crash takes place in this ditch off the DVP Richmond St. exit ramp, seen here in this present-day photo.

Photographer: Geoffrey Gunn, Neil Haapamaki
© TIFF
This section of the Don Valley Parkway was used as a location in Crash. The section of the DVP seen in this present-day photo was shut down for several days during the filming of Crash.

Photographer: Geoffrey Gunn, Neil Haapamaki
© TIFF
This section of the Don Valley Parkway was used as a location in Crash. Stunt drivers carefully coordinated the final scene of Crash on this section of the DVP, seen here in this present-day photo.

Photographer: Geoffrey Gunn, Neil Haapamaki
© TIFF

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