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Lakeshore and Gardiner Expressway

Crash (1996)
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Lakeshore and Gardiner Expressway

For eighteen nights, the city of Toronto closed down large sections of the Gardiner and DVP for the filming of Crash, as more than half of the film’s scenes were shot, after dark, on or under the city’s heavily trafficked expressways. The distinctive green metal and concrete columns of the Gardiner provide a backdrop for many of the film’s eroticized crash scenes.

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Catherin Ballard (Deborah Kara Unger) on Toronto's Lakeshore Ave. in Crash. Catherine Ballard (Deborah Kara Unger) checks her rear-view mirror in this tense car chase in Crash.

Crash, 1996
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James Ballard (James Spader) on Toronto's Don Valley Parkway in Crash. James Ballard (James Spader) looks over a divider and sees the burning wreckage of Vaughan’s (Elias Koteas) car in Crash.

Crash, 1996
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Lakeshore Blvd. E., which runs beneath the Gardiner Expressway, was used as a location in Crash. The columns of the Gardiner seen in this present-day photo provided the backdrop for many of the chase scenes in Crash.

Photographer: Geoffrey Gunn, Neil Haapamaki
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