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The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

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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 ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Los dioses deben estar locos  »

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$51,200,000 (USA)
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The film ran for 532 consecutive days at the Oaks Theaters in Cupertino, California, setting a record for the longest uninterrupted run of any movie in Northern California. It was pulled only because the film reels fell into disrepair and a large section caught fire. After such a long run, replacing the reels was too expensive. See more »

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When the Bushmen make music with the Coke bottle, an empty bottle produces different notes. Changing tones should mean adding water. 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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Music by Andrew Tracey
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Interesting film, one that will be remembered for a long time
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It seemed simplistic, yet it was so brilliant in its execution that it ranks as one of the more interesting films of the last century. Unique and different, this film showed a different side of Africa and introduced one of the few genuine characters in the African Bushman. Highly recommended for anyone who has not seen this film. If you can find it, rent it.


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