Down 1,835 this week

Stir Crazy (1980)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  12 December 1980 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 17,105 users   Metascore: 50/100
Reviews: 49 user | 15 critic | 5 from

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 »


0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


Top 25 Trivia Items From the Last 25 Years

Here are some amazing facts and figures to deepen your appreciation of the movies you love.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 29 Oct 2011
a list of 32 titles
created 31 Jan 2012
a list of 33 titles
created 24 Feb 2012
a list of 23 titles
created 09 Aug 2014
a list of 40 titles
created 3 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Stir Crazy" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Stir Crazy (1980)

Stir Crazy (1980) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Stir Crazy.

User Polls

1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Dave is deaf, and Wally is blind. They witness a murder, but it was Dave who was looking at her, and Wally who was listening.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Joan Severance
Silver Streak (1976)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

On a long-distance train trip, a man finds romance but also finds himself in danger of being killed, or at least pushed off the train.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh
Another You (1991)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

George has been in a mental hospital for 3 years and is finally ready to go out into the real world again. Eddie Dash, a dedicated con-man, is supposed to keep him out of trouble, but when ... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Phillips
Stars: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Mercedes Ruehl
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A minor-league baseball player has to spend $30,000,000 in thirty days in order to inherit $300,000,000. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee
Hanky Panky (1982)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The complete innocent, Michael Jordon, is drawn into a web of secrecy and government secrets when a girl carrying a mysterious package gets into a taxi with him. When she is later murdered, Michael is the chief suspect and on the run.

Director: Sidney Poitier
Stars: Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner, Kathleen Quinlan
The Toy (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An underemployed reporter finds himself literally purchased as a toy for a rich spoiled brat.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Ned Beatty
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A neurotic baker travels to Hollywood to attend a talent search for an actor to rival the great Valentino. Although not an actor, through blind luck he succeeds - to a certain degree!

Director: Gene Wilder
Stars: Gene Wilder, Carol Kane, Dom DeLuise
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

On his way to work, Teddy spots Charlotte - an incredibly beautiful Woman in Red. He really wants to meet her - but what would his wife say?

Director: Gene Wilder
Stars: Gene Wilder, Kelly LeBrock, Charles Grodin
Moving (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Arlo accepts what seems to him to be a dream promotion to Idaho. He soon discovers, however, that moving has its own share of problems.

Director: Alan Metter
Stars: Richard Pryor, Beverly Todd, Stacey Dash
Bustin' Loose (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Joe Braxton is an ex-con who has been given a second chance to freedom after violating his probation. He has been hired by a school teacher named Vivian Perry to repair and drive an old ... See full summary »

Directors: Oz Scott, Michael Schultz
Stars: Richard Pryor, Cicely Tyson, Ángel Ramírez
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Richard Pryor is playing three different roles here. The first being a poor orange picker named Leroy Jones who gets laid off when by mistake he joins the worker's union during one of their... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schultz
Stars: Richard Pryor, Lonette McKee, Margaret Avery
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens


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
Young Man in Hospital


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Crime


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

12 December 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Locos de remate  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$101,500,000 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Actor Richard Pryor and director Sidney Poitier had previously worked together on Uptown Saturday Night (1974). See more »


Bank robbery is not automatically a federal crime. It depends on whether bank is federally insured or not. Also state and feds may agree to allow the state to prosecute depending on circumstances; as an example, state penalty may be more severe than federal. As a retired police detective I've personally investigated numerous bank robberies where the state has been the primary prosecutor. See more »


Skip Donahue: I want a bigger cell! With better ventilation!
Deputy Ward Wilson: Why? Grossberger been fartin' on ya?
See more »


Featured in Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (2013) See more »


Watch Her Dance
Sung by Leroy Gomez
Composed and Produced by Tom Scott
Lyrics by Rob Preston
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Pryor and Wilder make a great team
4 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two guys doing a bank promotion dressed as Big Bird are mistaken for the bank robbers who stole their costumes in "Stir Crazy," a 1980 film starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, who worked so well together in several films.

Two friends, Skip and Harry (Wilder and Pryor) both lose their jobs and leave New York City, planning to work their way to the west coast. When the unfortunate situation described above happens, they wind up in prison. The naive Skip (Wilder), an aspiring playwright, takes notes and Harry (Pryor), facing the reality of the situation, is terrified. In prison, they meet the very gay Rory (Georg Stanford Brown), the sweet Jesus (Miguel Angel Suarez), who misses his girlfriend Teresa, the huge, scary Grossberger (Erland van Lidth de Jeude) who turns out to be a pussycat with a beautiful singing voice, the miserable guard (Craig T. Nelson) and the warden (Barry Corbin). When it's discovered that Skip has a natural ability to ride a mechanical bull, the warden enters him in a rodeo where he has a huge bet with another warden (Nicholas Coaster). Harry, Skip, Rory, Grossberger, and Jesus plan an escape to take place at the rodeo.

Very funny film, with one of the highlights being Pryor in the prison hospital because he was told he had to have his appendix out, though they had already been removed. Skip is advised that in order to get the team he wants at the rodeo, he needs to turn down the warden's request that he ride. Putting Hank in the hospital is just one ploy to break him down. The scene is hilarious.

Pryor and Wilder work beautifully together, the street smart black and the naive dreamer. There's always something so sweet about Wilder and nervous about Pryor, one walking into obvious danger while the other one desperately tries to pull him out, that just worked in all their films. It's also a rare chance to see the uniquely talented Erland van Lidth de Jeude, a huge, 6'6" Dutch heldentenor who qualified for the Olympics in wrestling, was a teacher, an MIT graduate, and had his own computer company. An absolutely amazing man who died 7 years after this film.

Lots of fun. Recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
my favorite scene homesick251960
Stir Crazy or See No Evil Hear No Evil??? djmccreedy
Kiss the baby? dliconpe
Whats your favorite Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor movie? mda-11
Free!!!?? I think not. wahon
Stir Crazy - officially the 37th funniest film ever made The_Johnson
Discuss Stir Crazy (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: