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Crazy People (1990)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  13 April 1990 (USA)
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A bitter ad executive who has reached his breaking point, finds himself in a mental institution where his career actually begins to thrive with the help of the hospital's patients.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Emory works in advertising, and is beginning to crack-up. His latest idea is honesty, e.g. "Volvos, Yes they are boxy, but they're safe". This doesn't go down too well with the boss, so Emory is sent to a psychiatric hospital to 'recover'. Meanwhile, back at the office, Emory's work is accidentally sent to the printers. His ads are a huge success. But now Emory has fallen for Kathy (another patient) and so doesn't want to leave. Written by Rob Hartill

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Inside every normal person something is waiting to get out. See more »




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13 April 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les fous de la pub  »

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$13,236,513 (USA)

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Four of the advertising blurbs in the movie said (1) "SONY. Because Caucasians are just too damn tall" ; (2) "CONTINENTAL EXPRESS. We'll Screw Them To Get Your Package There On Time" ; (3) "METAMUCIL. It helps you go to the toilet. If you don't use it, you'll get cancer and die" and (4) "QUAKER OATS. Does This Cereal Taste Great? Who knows. But At Least The Box IS Cute. Quaker Oats. Old Fashioned. 100% Natural". See more »


Kathy: Hold me. Please hold me.
Emory Leeson: I am holding you.
Kathy: I know, but it's a woman thing. I have to say it.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, a "special issue" of Advertising Age spins in, with a cover portrait proclaiming the main characters to be "Emperors of Madison Ave." See more »


Referenced in Psych: In Plain Fright (2010) See more »


By Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Karl Richter and his Chamber Orchestra
Courtesy of Teldec Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Rent This Movie. It's Corny, But It's Good.
26 July 1999 | by (Elizabethtown, PA) – See all my reviews

"Crazy People" is about an advertising executive who goes nuts and starts writing "honest" television commercials, as opposed to the puffery and outright lies we have come to know and expect. Naturally, they lock him up. But, lo and behold, the honest approach actually works, so the agency enlists the help of the entire population of the mental hospital to write ads.

The ads themselves are hilarious, as are some of the scenes. There is one very funny scene in which calloused and savvy advertising execs try to write honest ads, but find they are too jaded.

The film could have done without a subplot involving a romance between Dudley Moore and Daryl Hannah. Other than that, it is definitely worth your time.***

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