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Crazy in Alabama (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 22 October 1999 (USA)
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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.

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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

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Sometimes you have to lose your mind to find your freedom

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, thematic material, language and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »
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La tête dans le carton à chapeaux  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$1,954,202 (USA) (5 November 1999)
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It is mentioned in one of the scenes, that Melanie Griffith's character, who is an aspiring actress, should visit Alfred Hitchcock's agents. Griffith's mother is actress Tippi Hedren, who rose to stardom in two of Hitchock's movies-The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964). See more »

Quotes

Sheriff John Doggett: You're trespassing on public property!
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One Mint Julep
Written by Rudy Toombs (as Rudolph Toombs)
Performed by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Verve Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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An honest spirit lifter with a sarcastic background
10 December 2001 | by (Helsinki, Finland) – See all my reviews

A woman chops her husband's head off and leaves a punch of kids behind to go fill her dream to become a movie star. The name of this movie is a rather good description. But behind this crazy story line this movie holds a truly honest, sarcastic, picture of a strong, loving woman.

In addition there is another story of a boy who will also become a star even without wanting to become one. In the middle of racism this boy becomes a hero while standing against this oppression. This part of the movie is quite naive, but that didn't bother me, not a bit.

The actors did their job not only well, but great. I know I'm not very critical person, but I really loved this movie and I think I could watch it again and again just to get some energy and to regain my sometimes vanishing positivity.

I was amazed not to see this movie in the top 250. I really believe it belongs there. I've seen Shawshank Redemption and I think this movie, while lighter, doesn't fall far behind.


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