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The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  10 September 1980 (South Africa)
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A comic allegory about a traveling Bushman who encounters modern civilization and its stranger aspects, including a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries.

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Fanyana H. Sidumo ...
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A Sho in the Kalahari desert encounters technology for the first time--in the shape of a Coke bottle. He takes it back to his people, and they use it for many tasks. The people start to fight over it, so he decides to return it to the God--where he thinks it came from. Meanwhile, we are introduced to a school teacher assigned to a small village, a despotic revolutionary, and a clumsy biologist. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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The critics are raving... the natives are restless... and the laughter is non-stop! See more »

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10 September 1980 (South Africa)  »

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Los dioses deben estar locos  »

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$51,200,000 (USA)
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Banned in Trinidad and Tobago shortly after release, following protests from pressure groups calling it racist. See more »

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When the Jeep is in the river and Andrew looks for something to hook the winch cable onto, he comes to the end of the cable, takes 3 steps back, and somehow gets enough cable to throw the end around a branch about 40 feet above his head. See more »

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Narrator: It looks like a paradise, but it is in fact the most treacherous desert in the world... the Kalahari. After the short rainy season, there are many waterholes, and even rivers. But after a few weeks, the water sinks away into the deep Kalahari sand, the waterholes dry up, and the rivers stop flowing. The grass fades to a beautiful blond colour that offers excellent grazing. But for the next nine months there will be no water to drink, so most of the animals move away, leaving the ...
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Song With Thumb Piano
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Masterpiece
6 November 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A unique film with a brilliant combination of slapstick, subtle humour, wonderful music, brilliant wildlife and scenic shots, all beautifully woven into a piece in an almost "road-style" movie around the adventures of a bushman.

Like any story, there are some aspects which are slightly unbelievable if you stop to think - but the skill of the film is that it is sufficiently convincing to suspend such unbelief whilst you watch.

The message of the film is brilliantly presented, subtly challenging the belief that white civilization has all the answers, gently poking fun at many of our western assumptions (no idea why anyone thinks it's racist - it may be the opposite)!

Some of the high points for me personally were the scenery, the wildlife, and the African huts, children and music. Having lived in Africa for 3 years it was absolutely true to life, and brought back fond memories. This is a classic that will bear watching time and time again, and so different from the run of the mill films generally churned out.

A classic - 9/10.


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