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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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Cast

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Meredith
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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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Guard #1
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Teresa Ramirez
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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

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 December 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Locos de remate  »

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Box Office

Gross:

$101,500,000 (USA)
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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The prison unit which the majority of the prison scenes were filmed in is Central Unit, located in Arizona State Prison Complex-Florence. See more »

Goofs

While Harry and Skip are discussing leaving for Hollywood at the bar, no one is playing either pinball machine, yet pinball sounds are heard throughout the scene. See more »

Quotes

Blade: Now every bull has a secret word that makes him crazy, and sends him into his craziest ride, Your job is to figure out that word.
Harry Monroe: Bull... uh... let's see. Uh... rumplestiltskin. Uh... malt liquor... come on bull.
[whistles and makes kissing noises]
Harry Monroe: Come on, bull. Uh... woof, woof! Uh...
[makes clicking sound with tongue]
Harry Monroe: ... hey sexy... hee-hee... shit!
[Bull bellows and charges at Harry]
Harry Monroe: [Running away from bull] Oh, you mother-fucker!
Blade: Congratulations, you found the word!
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bill Murray/Delbert McClinton (1981) 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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