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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.
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N!xau was paid less than $2000 for his role as Xi, even though the film grossed over $100 million worldwide. Before his death in 2003, Jamie Uys gave N!xau $20,000 and a monthly stipend.
The film was world's biggest non-US box office hit during its release.
Due to an informal international embargo against South Africa, the film was released as a Botswanan film, despite having a South African director and being financed with South African government funds.
The films' depictions of the Bushmen, even if they were superficially accurate prior to regular contact with civilisation, was already no longer accurate in 1980. The DVD's special feature "Journey to Nyae Nyae" (N!xau's homeland in northeastern Namibia), filmed in 2003, demonstrates this.
In the original soundtrack, Sandra Prinsloo had a strong Afrikaans accent. Her voice was dubbed by an American actress for the US release.
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Wide release in U.S. occurred in 1984.
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The production team, totaling less than thirty, consisted of men - mostly in their twenties. Asked why he used novices, director Jamie Uys said: "They do as I say."
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Xi and Sam Boga's only first-hand encounter occurs while Boga is asleep. They never communicate with each other in any way.
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According to the Film Resources Unit, none of the Khoisan people who appeared in The Gods Must be Crazy ever received royalties from the film.
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Banned in Trinidad and Tobago shortly after release, following protests from pressure groups calling it racist.
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Producer Boet Troskie considered this film and The Gods Must Be Crazy II (1989) as the only true films in the franchise, while labeling all subsequent knock-offs without his & director Jamie Uys's involvement "ungodly fakes".
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Three years before this film, Lead co-stars Marius Weyers and Sandra Prinsloo, had co-starred earlier in another film, "Target of an Assassin" with Anthony Quinn .
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The midnight movie circuit picked up the film shortly after its initial release.
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First-billed Marius Weyers first appears about 27 minutes into the film.
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While working 14 to 18 hour days for months on end, and with no days off, director Jamie Uys suffered a heart attack during the post-production process. An assistant editor from Hollywood was hired to assist Uys while he recuperated.
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Some of the soundtrack used in this film are taken from the film Dingaka (also directed by Jamie Uys) particularly the part where the villagers sing the welcoming song.
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The picture was nominated for Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 7th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1984.
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Director Cameo 

Jamie Uys: The Reverend.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In the final scene, Xi throws the bottle over a cliff. This scene was filmed at God's Window, a site located at the edge of the escarpment between the Highveld and Lowveld, in the province of Mpumalanga, South Africa.

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