MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,751 this week

Crazy in Alabama (1999)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  22 October 1999 (USA)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 5,261 users   Metascore: 46/100
Reviews: 68 user | 28 critic | 27 from Metacritic.com

An abused wife heads to California to become a movie star while her nephew back in Alabama has to deal with a racially-motivated murder involving a corrupt sheriff.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 12 Apr 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 05 Sep 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 12 Mar 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 17 May 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 25 Jan 2013
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Crazy in Alabama (1999)

Crazy in Alabama (1999) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Crazy in Alabama.
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A mother and daughter search for success in Beverly Hills.

Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman, Hart Bochner
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.

Director: Jon Avnet
Stars: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight, and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.

Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Conflict arises in the small town of Holly Springs when an old woman's death causes a variety of reactions among family and friends.

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Glenn Close, Julianne Moore, Liv Tyler
The Mighty (1998)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This tells the story of a strong friendship between a young boy with Morquio's syndrome and an older boy who is always bullied because of his size. Adapted from the novel, Freak the Mighty,... See full summary »

Director: Peter Chelsom
Stars: Kieran Culkin, Elden Henson, Sharon Stone
Stepmom (1998)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A terminally-ill mother has to settle on the new woman in her ex-husband's life, who will be their new stepmother.

Director: Chris Columbus
Stars: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris
Big Daddy (1999)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A lazy law school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father.

Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart
Celebrity (1998)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The fortunes of a husband and wife differ drastically after they divorce.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Judy Davis, Leonardo DiCaprio
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood, only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street.

Director: Donald Petrie
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret
Election (1999)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections.

Director: Alexander Payne
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein
Juno (2007)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

Director: Jason Reitman
Stars: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.

Director: Jamie Babbit
Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Michelle Williams
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Earlene Bullis
...
Sheriff John Doggett (as Meat Loaf Aday)
...
...
Norman the Chauffeur
...
Nehemiah Jackson
...
Harry Hall
...
Sheriff Raymond
...
...
D.A. Mackie (as Paul Ben Victor)
...
Jack
Fannie Flagg ...
Sally the Waitress
...
Joan Blake
Edit

Storyline

A backwoods Alabama boy named Peejoe -short for Peter Joseph- gets a quick education in grown-up matters like freedom in 1965. The catalyst is an unlikely source - his glamorous, eccentric Aunt Lucille, who escapes from her abusive husband and takes off for Hollywood to pursue her dreams of TV stardom. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

alabama | murder | dream | sheriff | boy | See more »

Taglines:

Sometimes you have to lose your mind to find your freedom

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence, thematic material, language and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

22 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crazy in Alabama  »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,010,596 (USA) (22 October 1999)

Gross:

$1,954,202 (USA) (5 November 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Two of Lucille's children are played by Melanie Griffith's real-life children: Dakota Johnson and Stella Banderas. See more »

Quotes

Lucille: Can I leave my husband here?
Amanda, Assistant at 'Bewitched': Sure.
See more »

Connections

References Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Bewitched
Written by Jack Keller & Howard Greenfield
Courtesy of Columbia TriStar Television, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Decent performances and well made, but contains too complex of a script. **1/2 (out of four)

CRAZY IN ALABAMA / (1999) **1/2 (out of four)

By Blake French:

"Crazy in Alabama" is actually very well constructed; with good performances by a strong supporting cast, including David Morse ("The Green Mile"), Rod Steiger ("End of Days")" Meat Loaf Aday ("Fight Club"), and a compelling leading performance by director Antonio Banderas' wife, Melanie Griffith. Based on the novel by Mark Childress, who also wrote the screenplay, the movie suffers not from poor quality of filmmaking, but from the filmmakers trying to cram way to much material in the 111 minute movie.

The performers are hard at work here, but they can not possibly conquer the problems the production experiences due to the overcrowded script, which actually includes three separate stories of equal importance. The first details a woman named Lucille (Melanie Griffith), who dreams of becoming a famous actress in Hollywood after chopping off her cruel husband's head. She commits the murderous act to escape his overbearing clutches. "There are a lot of ways you can kill a person. There are fast ways, and there are slow ways. Chester was killin' me the slow way for thirteen years." Obviously Lucille preferred the fast way when it came to putting an end to her spouse.

The next story revolves around a civil right movement in Alabama. A young black teenager, Taylor Jackson (Louis Miller) is killed by a local prejudice sheriff named John Doggett (Meat Loaf Aday), who angrily pulls the innocent victim off a fence after he and his friends protest against the prohibition of swimming in the city pool. The late boy's parents attempt to lead a civil right crusade while trying to build a case to make Doggett pay for his crime.

Through another story is where these stories are linked. We see these events through the point of view of a young man's realization of life in the South without parents. This character, named Peejoe (Lucas Black), is the nephew of Lucille. She trustingly reveals all her secrets to Peejoe before she heads for Hollywood. He is also the only witness the violent act of Sheriff Doggett, placing him in the middle of the civil rights movement. Peejoe is not the center of the movie, however, and his character is completely unneeded and only adds additional complexity to the screenplay. He is simply an excuse to interlock the other two plots, and the attempt does not work.

The stories by themselves are very interesting, with inventive and original ideas and some thought-provoking messages. The film feels convincing in its development of the setting and atmosphere; the 1960's are captured with intrigue. Although it is his first feature film, Antonio Banderas, also a well-known actor starring 1999's Viking drama "The 13th Warrior," he should have realized the complexity of the plot as a negative contribution. There are movies in which multiple stories make the production unique and innovative, like "Traffic," "Magnolia," and "Pulp Fiction," but those movies blended their narratives together carefully, "Crazy in Alabama" only makes excuses for its actions.


8 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Lucas Black 17? snowzone22
The judge? ctabor-1
lucillemonologue gracefacebadfish
peejoe Cinnamongrrrl
Banderas inspired by Nurse Betty ? juju_perso
one more thing...? missmusician8191
Discuss Crazy in Alabama (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?