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:
Stephen Bachman
Alan North ...
Paul Bates ...
Dick Cusack ...
Floyd Vivino ...
Eddie Aris
Dr. Liz Baylor
Ben Hammer ...
Dr. Koch
David Packer ...
Mark Olander


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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Release Date:

13 April 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les fous de la pub  »

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$13,236,513 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Cinematographer Victor J. Kemper replaced D.O.P. Bill Butler as director of photography. See more »


Emory Leeson: Take me away from here; I'll buy you dinner, I'll buy you a restaurant!
Stephen: I have to go.
Emory Leeson: You did quite a bit of silent farting in the car, so you're not perfect either.
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A disclaimer appears stating, "Characters in this film do not depict persons with mental illnesses. Mental illness is a serious disease which affects many millions of people." See more »


References Tremors (1990) See more »


by Cal DeVoll
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A "video nice" to counteract all the video nasties.
2 April 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is not the most intellectually stimulating film ever made. Nor is it the most believable plot - but it is funny, whimsical and charming, and occasionally surreal. If you want a film to brighten up your life, this fits the bill just nicely. The supporting cast are also very engaging, being far more than just a backdrop to Moore and Hannah. I like it a lot.

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