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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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Sandra Prinsloo ...
N!xau ...
Xi
Louw Verwey ...
Michael Thys ...
Nic de Jager ...
Fanyana H. Sidumo ...
Joe Seakatsie ...
Brian O'Shaughnessy ...
Ken Gampu ...
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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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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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When the snake falls from the tree onto the guerrilla, the man reacts at the beginning of the shot, before the snake lands on him. 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 of the Shepherd
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Music by Jack Trombey
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A Masterpiece
17 February 2002 | by (Dixie, USA) – See all my reviews

What starts out as a simple tale of the bush turns into a wild adventure with a coke bottle, revolutionaries, a dis-enchanted office worker turned teacher, and a scientist who studies animal dung with no skills around women. Add a smart-tongued mechanic and a 4x4 called the antichrist, and you have one of the funniest movies ever to come out of South Africa. You laugh as much at the ludicrous nature of some of the situations as much as what they want you to laugh at. You may never look at Africa the same again.


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