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:
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Charles Weldon ...
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Len Garber
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Lewis Van Bergen ...
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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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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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First of three movies that actors JoBeth Williams and Craig T. Nelson both appeared in. The two would take the leads in both Poltergeist (1982) and Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986). 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 »


Blade: He'll snot on ya, he'll fart on ya... he'll do anything he can to smash your brains out.
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Composed by Michael Masser and Randy Goodrum
Produced by Michael Masser
Sung by Kiki Dee
Courtesy of Ariola Records, Ltd.
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Pryor and Wilder Behind Bars
1 July 2005 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

"Stir Crazy" once again brings together the comedic talents of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. Here, they play Skip and Harry, two hapless slackers in New York who decide to go west to find their fortunes. On the way, they stop in Arizona, and get framed for a bank robbery. This lands them behind bars. This movie is loaded with screwball comedy, and it shows Gene Wilder at his most manic. His methods at pretending to be insane and keeping his spirit from being broken will elicit the big laughs. It all climaxes with a prison rodeo, and an elaborate breakout scheme. "Stir Crazy" is a comedy classic, and reminds us all of the comedy team of Pryor and Wilder.

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