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Stir Crazy (1980)

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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Jesus Ramirez (as Miguelangel Suarez)
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Deputy Ward Wilson
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Blade
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Warden Henry Sampson
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Len Garber
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Grossberger (as Erland Van Lidth De Jeude)
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Storyline

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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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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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Comedy | Crime

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R | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

One of two 1980 movies featuring a mechanical bull (aka a rodeo bull and bucking bronco). The other was Urban Cowboy (1980). Gene Wilder is even labeled an "Urban Cowboy" in one scene. The same Columbia Pictures studio who made Stir Crazy (1980) would also feature one in their later movie Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003). See more »

Goofs

When Skip is thrown from the bronco the first time, he is wearing gloves. As he rolls over on the ground, he is not wearing gloves. When Grossberger picks him up, he is wearing gloves again. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 30 August 2016 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Eat Your Heart Out
Sung by Leata Galloway
Composed and Produced by Tom Scott (uncredited)
Lyrics by Rob Preston (uncredited)
Courtesy of Ariola-Eurodisc, GMBH
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a very funny film
26 October 2003 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

"Thats right,thats right we baaaad.....". That line was probably the most famous that Richard Pryor ever uttered on screen. He and Gene Wilder made a great "buddy" team just like Newman and Redford...only they are a helluva lot funnier! This was one film that critics hated but audiences loved. Wilder's "nice guy" is a perfect match for Pryor's wisecracking. This film has a fine supporting cast as well, George Stanford Brown (although his portrayal of a gay inmate may not seem "politically correct" today, he is hilariously "swishy" though!) Jobeth Williams, Barry Corbin (as the corrupt warden)and Craig T. Nelson (before he became a "Coach"). Sidney Poitier does a wonderful job of directing these two comedy legends I might add. The prison escape in the end kept me on the edge of my seat. I liked Skip and Harry so much that I was just rooting for them all the way! Pryor was burned shortly after this film was completed.


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