Set up and wrongfully accused, two best friends will be sent to prison for a crime they didn't commit, however, no prison cell can keep them locked in.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesus Ramirez (as Miguelangel Suarez)
Deputy Ward Wilson
Charles Weldon ...
Warden Henry Sampson
Len Garber
Grossberger (as Erland Van Lidth De Jeude)
Lewis Van Bergen ...
Guard #1
Karmin Murcelo ...
Teresa Ramirez
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Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor dress up as woodpeckers and get framed for robbing a bank... and when they discover that prison life is for the birds they go... Stir Crazy See more »


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12 December 1980 (USA)  »

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$101,500,000 (USA)

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How do the film's lead characters cope in prison? In Richard Pryor's case, the answer was obvious. As he pointed out to a paranoid, petrified Gene Wilder, when in stir, do as the stirrees. Pryor said: "You gotta be baaaad", he advises, as they enter a holding cell which the film's press kit said resembled nothing so much as the locker room below the Roman Coliseum during Caligula's reign. Pryor said: "Walk baaaad, talk baaaad, look baaaad and nobody's gonna hassle you". Wilder obeys. He struts. He snarls. He narrows his eyes like Bogart gazing at the last plane to Marseilles. But somehow, he just didn't have the rhythm. See more »


When Deputy Wilson wakes Harry and Skip in their cell, he tells them the time is 4:30am. Daylight/Sunlight is shining through the cell window. See more »


Skip Donahue: What are you doing?
Harry Monroe: I'm gettin bad. You better get bad, Jack cause if you ain't bad you're gonna get fucked.
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Sung by Randy Goodrum
Composed by Michael Masser (uncredited) and Randy Goodrum (uncredited)
Produced by Michael Masser (uncredited)
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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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