Stir Crazy (1980)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  12 December 1980 (USA)
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Skip and Harry are framed for a bank robbery and end up in a western prison. The two eastern boys are having difficulty adjusting to the new life until the warden finds that Skip has a ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesus Ramirez (as Miguelangel Suarez)
Deputy Ward Wilson
Charles Weldon ...
Warden Henry Sampson
Len Garber
Erland van Lidth ...
Grossberger (as Erland Van Lidth De Jeude)
Lewis Van Bergen ...
Guard #1
Karmin Murcelo ...
Teresa Ramirez
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Skip and Harry are framed for a bank robbery and end up in a western prison. The two eastern boys are having difficulty adjusting to the new life until the warden finds that Skip has a natural talent for riding broncos with the inter-prison rodeo coming up. Written by John Vogel <>

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Two jailbirds who just want out of the cage. See more »


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Release Date:

12 December 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Locos de remate  »

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$101,500,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Arizona State Prison officials used the money given to rent out their facilities to construct a rodeo arena of their own. See more »


Blade changes position before/after the bull chases Harry. He is standing next to the gate before the bull is released, but in front of the number 3 on the next gate after the bull is released. See more »


Skip Donahue: We tried to teach him Charades! He Didnt Get it! He just didnt get it!
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References A Place in the Sun (1951) See more »


Sung by Gene Wilder
Composed by Michael Masser and Randy Goodrum
Produced by Michael Masser
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Wilder And Pryor At Their Peak
16 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor was a good comedy team of the 1970s, making several hit movies together, this being one of the more memorable. Viewing this movie recently after a 25-year absence, it was a shock to me to hear the language. I had remembered this strictly as a light-hearted comedy but I can see why it's rated "R." That is solely for the language, especially by Pryor, but he was known for his profane humor.

If you can put up with that, the film is downright funny, even today. I found myself laughing out loud at a few scenes, all of which I remembered vividly from several viewings in the '70s. They are still just as funny.

Who could forget that mammoth criminal with the long, long name - Erland van Lidth de Jeude? He was the guy that scared the hell out of everyone, just by his physical presence. In real life, that man was the opposite of his projected image on screen. He was a graduate of MIT, an accomplished opera singer, an Olympic wrestler, devoted husband and father, writer, etc. The poor man died at the age of 34.

It also was interesting to see such a young looking Craig T Nelson and JoBeth Williams.

This might have been the best of the Wilder-Pryor films. I was shocked to see that Sidney Poitier directed this movie. I didn't know that until seconds ago when I looked at this IMDb title page.

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