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Bruce Jay Friedman (written by)
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Release Date:
12 December 1980 (USA) See more »
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Only these two pigeons could dress up as woodpeckers... See more »
Plot:
Skip and Harry are framed for a bank robbery and end up in a western prison. The two eastern boys are... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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'Arrrgh! I can't feel one of my legs!' See more (44 total) »

Cast

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Gene Wilder ... Skip Donahue

Richard Pryor ... Harry Monroe

Georg Stanford Brown ... Rory Schultebrand

JoBeth Williams ... Meredith

Miguel Ángel Suárez ... Jesus Ramirez (as Miguelangel Suarez)

Craig T. Nelson ... Deputy Ward Wilson

Barry Corbin ... Warden Walter Beatty

Charles Weldon ... Blade

Nicolas Coster ... Warden Henry Sampson

Joel Brooks ... Len Garber

Jonathan Banks ... Jack Graham
Erland van Lidth ... Grossberger (as Erland Van Lidth De Jeude)
Lewis Van Bergen ... Guard #1
Karmin Murcelo ... Teresa Ramirez

Franklyn Ajaye ... Young Man in Hospital
Estelle Omens ... Mrs. R.H. Broache
Peter Looney ... Kicker #1
Cedrick Hardman ... Big Mean
Doug Johnson ... Guard #2
Henry Kingi ... Ramon
Joe Massengale ... Caesar Geronimo (as Joseph Massengale)

Herman Poppe ... Alex

Luis Avalos ... Chico
Esther Sutherland ... Sissie
Pamela Poitier ... Cook's Helper
James Oscar Lee ... Kicker #2
Rod McCary ... Minister
Claudia Cron ... Joy
Bill Bailey ... Announcer
Donna Kei Benz ... Nancy (as Donna Benz)

Grand L. Bush ... Big Mean's Sidekick (as Grand Bush)

Alvin Ing ... Korean Doctor
Thomas Moore ... Judge
Danna Hansen ... Mrs. Sampson
Gwen Van Dam ... Mrs. Beatty

Herb Armstrong ... County Jail Guard
Herbert Hirschman ... Man at Dinner Party
Don Circle ... Bank Teller
Madison Arnold ... Guard #3
Gene Earl ... Sheriff (as Gene Earle)

Mickey Jones ... Guard #8
Tracy Lee Rowe ... Little Girl
Essex Smith ... Blade's Friend
Kenneth Menard ... Repairman
Billy Beck ... Flycatching Prisoner

Lee Purcell ... Susan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tony Burton ... Guy who Punches Big Mean (uncredited)

Jim Henry ... Rodeo Cowboy (uncredited)
Drasha Meyer ... Lady in Restaurant (uncredited)

John Richard Petersen ... Rodeo Spectator (uncredited)
Al Silvani ... Inmate (uncredited)

Earl W. Smith ... Jack Graham's Enforcer (uncredited)

Brien Varady ... Young Inmate (uncredited)

Wendy Wells-Gunkel ... Rodeo Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Poitier 
 
Writing credits
Bruce Jay Friedman (written by)

Produced by
François De Menil .... associate producer (as Francois deMenil)
Melville Tucker .... executive producer
Hannah Weinstein .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tom Scott 
 
Cinematography by
Fred Schuler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harry Keller 
 
Casting by
Toni Howard 
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Production Design by
Alfred Sweeney 
 
Set Decoration by
Arthur Jeph Parker 
 
Costume Design by
Patricia Edwards 
 
Makeup Department
Richard Cobos .... makeup artist
Lola Kemp .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Mickey McCardle .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel McCauley .... first assistant director (as Daniel J. McCauley)
Joseph Paul Moore .... second assistant director (as Joseph Moore)
Don Wilkerson .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Harold Broner .... construction coordinator
Donald B. Nunley .... property master (as Donald Nunley)
Santos Raspa .... construction coordinator
Gary Zink .... welder/fabricator
Ron Frazier .... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
William Ladd Skinner .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Glenn E. Anderson .... sound mixer (as Glen Anderson)
Glenn E. Anderson .... sound (as Glen Anderson)
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Bushelman .... sound effects
Michael Jiron .... re-recording mixer
Pat Somerset .... sound effects
 
Special Effects by
Larry L. Fuentes .... special effects (as Larry Fuentes)
 
Stunts
John Ashby .... stunts
Kerrie Cullen .... stunts
Mickey Gilbert .... stunt coordinator
Chuck Henson .... stunts
Larry McKinney .... stunts
Stoney Neufang Jr. .... stunts
Scott Raftery .... stunts
Gene Walker .... stunts
Alex Green .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sidney Ray Baldwin .... still photographer (as Sidney Baldwin)
Dustin Blauvelt .... first assistant camera
Keith Lundy .... second assistant camera
Joe R. Marquette Jr. .... camera operator (as Joe Marquette Jr.)
Rick Martens .... gaffer (as Richard Martens)
Robert Moore .... grip
Randall Robinson .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Dennis Smith .... camera operator: "b" camera
 
Casting Department
Jack N. Young .... extras casting (as Jack Young)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Brown .... wardrobe: women (as Marie V. Brown)
David Rawley .... wardrobe: men
 
Editorial Department
Thomas G. Jingles .... assistant editor
Bruce Pearson .... color timer
 
Music Department
Cliff Kohlweck .... music editor (as Clif Kohlweck)
 
Transportation Department
James Langhorne .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Ronald L. Carr .... location manager (as Ron Carr)
Herb Honis .... unit publicist (as Herbert Honis)
Harold Hourihan .... production accountant
David R. Lawson .... medic
Claire Mactague .... production coordinator
Jimmy Medearis .... head wrangler (as James Medearis)
Patricia J. O'Donohue .... research consultant
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor
Scott Salmon .... choreographer
Robert Milicevic .... stand-in (uncredited)
B.J. Smith .... first aid (uncredited)
Eliot Yaffe .... location projectionist (uncredited)
 

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111 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia:
One of five movies where actor Gene Wilder plays a man wrongly accused of committing a crime. The films include Silver Streak (1976), The Frisco Kid (1979), Stir Crazy (1980), Hanky Panky (1982), and See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Caesar Geronimo uses alternating hands when riding the bull (Tornado). His right-hand is free while in the bucking chute, but his left-hand is free when leaving the chute (stunt rider).See more »
Quotes:
[Harry slaps Rory hand when he touches his arm]
Harry:Stop that! What did you do anyway?
Rory:I killed my daddy.
Harry:What did you do that for?
Rory:He laughed at my suede jacket (pause) and he slapped my hand.
Harry:Oh. (Puts Rory's hand back on his arm)
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The 50 Greatest Comedy Films (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Watch Her DanceSee more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
'Arrrgh! I can't feel one of my legs!', 14 January 2007
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

Stir Crazy was one of the first films I ever remember watching, it came out the year I was born and I always associate 1980 with the time I came into the world and Stir Crazy. I was about 3 or 4 and my grandfather rented the video (back in the early 80s, this was INCREDIBLY sophisticated). Even though it's pretty much an adult film, with swearing, nudity and adult themes, I found it to be hilarious at such a young age and I watched it few times. Over the years I've watched it more and more and I only just got round to buying the DVD a few days ago. And now, at 26, the film is still just as funny as it always was. There is not a single unfunny moment from the beginning to the end, even though the last act gets serious and suspenseful.

Gene Wilder and the late Richard Pryor play Skip Donahue and Harry Munro, two NYC losers who are making no money in their dream jobs of play-write and actor. Stuck with insulting service jobs they both get fired on the same day, at the same moment, for various reasons. Skip, the apparent ladies man and ever the delusional optimist, talks Harry into seeing it as their big chance to escape NYC and head for LA 'where you smile and they just POUR money on you'.

In their rusted, derelict combi, they make it as far as Glenboro, a hicksville backwater desert town, where they are promptly framed for bank robbery. Their lawyer is utterly useless and they are in jail before they know it, literally. Skip only realizes the seriousness of the situation as they are being shown into their cell. But when Skip shows he has undiscovered talents as a rodeo champ the crooked Warden forces him to compete in the annual rodeo competition, giving Skip, Harry and some others a chance to escape.

The chemistry between Wilder and Pryor is insane. Skip is innocent, optimistic, romantic and sees the good in everything. Harry is cynical and reactionary and is frequently the real victim of Skip's impossibly good-natured personality. Everything they say and do is brilliant and every scene has something special about it that you'll remember always. It's literally impossible for me to pick out one in particular as they are all as great as each other.

It's hard to believe that auteur actor Sidney Poiter directed this movie. I've never really seen in do a crazy, comedic performance, so for him to be so on-the-ball and humorous behind the camera is always a surprise when watching Stir Crazy.

There's so many things that Stir Crazy has going for it. It's not just a crazy comedy, it's also a character drama with wonderfully surreal and authentic moments (mass-mass-mass murderer Grossberger sining 'Down in the Valley' and proving to be as timid as a kitten being one of them).

If you don't find Stir Crazy funny, you're dead. And if you've never seen it...you're certainly no movie buff.

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