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Crazy in Alabama -- Antonio Banderas' directorial debut weaves together the stories of a boy coming of age in racially charged 1960's Alabama, and his eccentric aunt (Melanie Griffith) on the run to Hollywood where she hopes to fulfill her dreams of TV stardom.
Crazy in Alabama -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Mark Childress (novel)
Mark Childress (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 October 1999 (USA) See more »
Sometimes you have to lose your mind to find your freedom
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Melanie Griffith ... Lucille

David Morse ... Dove

Lucas Black ... Peejoe

Cathy Moriarty ... Earlene

Meat Loaf ... Sheriff John Doggett (as Meat Loaf Aday)

Rod Steiger ... Judge Mead

Richard Schiff ... Norman

John Beasley ... Nehemiah

Robert Wagner ... Harry Hall

Noah Emmerich ... Sheriff Raymond

Sandra Seacat ... Meemaw

Paul Ben-Victor ... Mackie

Brad Beyer ... Jack
Fannie Flagg ... Sally

Elizabeth Perkins ... Joan Blake

Linda Hart ... Madelyn

Paul Mazursky ... Walter Schwegmann

Holmes Osborne ... Larry Russell
William Converse-Roberts ... Murphy
David Speck ... Wiley
Philip Carter ... Deputy Tyrone
Carl Le Blanc III ... David Jackson
Louis Miller ... Taylor Jackson
Marion Zinser ... Saleswoman

John Fleck ... Jake
Jack Stephens ... Conventioneer
Mark W. Johnson ... Pool Manager (as Mark Whitman Johnson)

Tom McCleister ... Croupier
J.R. Dyer ... Gambling Man

Tony Amendola ... Casino Boss
Milly Ericson ... Cashier

Jim Antonio ... Dr. Ward

Thurn Hoffman ... Bellhop Ted

Michael Arata ... Photographer
Lance Spellerberg ... Interviewer

Madison Mason ... Alexander Powell

Amanda Aday ... Assistant at 'Bewitched'

Randal Kleiser ... Bob

Charlie Dell ... Darrin's Stand-in
Oliver Clark ... Endora's Stand-in

Tracy Griffith ... Samantha's Stand-in
Dudley F. Craig II ... Reverend
Barbara Tasker ... Organizer

Brent Briscoe ... Jury Foreman / Chester's Voice
Sidney J. Lodrigue ... Heckler on Balcony
Urisino Frank Lourino ... Heckler on Balcony

Kirk Fox ... Patrolman
Wayne Ferrara ... Reporter
Jerry Lee Leighton ... Reporter
Don Thomas ... Reporter
Marva Wright ... Singer at Pool
Dane Le Blanc ... Marlon
Dexter Le Blanc ... Farley
Emily Guidry ... Judy
Jess Bryan ... Cary

Dakota Johnson ... Sondra
Stella Banderas ... Marilyn
Jackson Isaacs ... Rock

Lia Chapman ... Woman on Phone
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mary Bogue ... Woman #3 (uncredited)
N. Barry Carver ... Gambler (uncredited)
Tom Hanson ... Bailiff Roche (uncredited)

Phil Hawn ... Gambler (uncredited)
Griffin Howell ... Newlywed Couple (uncredited)

Scott King ... Mafia Soldier (uncredited)

Jordan Lund ... Bridge Patrolman #1 (uncredited)
Clark McCutchen ... Roulette Player (uncredited)

Nicolas Roye ... Reporter (uncredited)

Cherie Thibodeaux ... Bikini Girl / Featured (uncredited)

Kathy Wittes ... Catherine (uncredited)
Michael Younger ... Assistant D.A. (uncredited)

Directed by
Antonio Banderas 
Writing credits
Mark Childress (novel)

Mark Childress (screenplay)

Produced by
James Dyer .... executive producer (as James R. Dyer)
Linda Goldstein Knowlton .... producer
Debra Hill .... producer
Diane Isaacs .... producer (as Diane Sillan Isaacs)
Meir Teper .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Snow 
Cinematography by
Julio Macat 
Film Editing by
Maysie Hoy 
Robert C. Jones 
Casting by
Mindy Marin 
Production Design by
Cecilia Montiel 
Art Direction by
Michael Atwell 
Set Decoration by
Robert Greenfield 
Costume Design by
Graciela Mazón 
Makeup Department
Elisabeth Fry .... makeup department head
Candace Neal .... hair stylist: Ms. Griffith
Valli O'Reilly .... makeup artist: Ms. Griffith
Donna Spahn .... hair stylist
Kenneth Walker .... hair stylist (as Ken Walker)
Brian Badie .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Erin Braus-Guth .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Denise Fischer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Erma Kent .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Judy Yonemoto .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
James Dyer .... unit production manager (as James R. Dyer)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jorge L. Baron .... second second assistant director (as Jorge Baron)
Chitra F. Mojtabai .... second assistant director
George Parra .... assistant director
Art Department
Daniel R. Bentley .... assistant property master (as Dan Bentley)
Brian A. Deitch .... set dresser
David Erwin .... on-set dresser
Audrey A. Johnson .... assistant property master (as Audrey Johnson)
Kent H. Johnson .... property master
Noelle King .... set designer
Tim Snowber .... lead man
John Stone .... construction coordinator
Ledia Telo .... construction accountant
Pedro Barquin .... greens foreman (uncredited)
Jack Blanchard .... set dresser (uncredited)
Mike Brooks .... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
Michael Hendrick .... set dresser (uncredited)
Michael A. Johnson .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Dave Kelsey .... lead scenic (uncredited)
Christian Klump .... painter (uncredited)
Tomas Owen .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Chuck Stringer .... local construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas B. Arnold .... sound mixer
Carmen Baker .... assistant sound editor (as Carmen Hocson Baker)
Bill W. Benton .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Birkett .... boom operator
Jim Borgardt .... adr editor (as James Borgardt)
Jim Brookshire .... sound editor
Michael Broomberg .... foley artist
Tim Chau .... sound designer
Richard Duarte .... foley mixer
Albert Gasser .... sound editor
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Devon Heffley Curry .... supervising adr editor (as Devon Curry)
Doug Jackson .... sound editor
Drake Jenevein .... assistant sound editor
Nils C. Jensen .... sound editor
David Kern .... sound editor
Piero Mura .... sound editor
Greg Orloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Hanson Hsu .... post sound engineer (uncredited)
Fred Peck III .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Joe D. Ramsey .... special effects coordinator
Patricia Ramsey .... special effects foreman
Visual Effects by
Ralph Maiers .... visual effects supervisor
Andy Atkins .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Christopher Grandel .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Eric Pham .... visual effects artist: Cinema Research Corp./D-rez (uncredited)
Jeff Imada .... stunt coordinator
Edward A. Chambers .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Paul Crawford .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Lee Waddell .... stunt double (uncredited)
Lee Waddell .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Norman Bee .... Steadicam operator
Guy Norman Bee .... camera operator
Buddy Carr .... dolly grip
Shawn Ensign .... company grip
Lonnie S. Gatlin .... best boy electric
Steele Hunter .... second grip
Gene Kearney .... key grip
Bob E. Krattiger .... chief lighting technician (as Bob Krattiger)
James E. Krattiger .... electrician
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer
Nick Papanickolas .... dolly grip (as Nic Papanickolas)
Ron Peterson .... second assistant camera
Steve Peterson .... first assistant camera
Gary Cadow .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Francis James .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Brennan Price .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Kenny Schneider .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Lynda Vincent .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Lynda Vincent .... film loader: Louisiana (uncredited)
Casting Department
Xanthia Decaux .... casting assistant
Jo Doster .... location casting
Leigh French .... voice casting
Sierra French-Myerson .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Morrison Holyfield .... costumer: Ms. Griffith
Nancy McArdle .... key costumer
Larry Velasco .... costume supervisor
Steve Constancio .... set costumer (uncredited)
Amy Lynch .... costumer (uncredited)
Giselle Spence .... seamstress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Luke Borghi .... apprentice film editor
Peter Ettinger .... second assistant film editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Gina Zappala .... first assistant film editor
Kimberly Adams .... assistant editor (uncredited)
David Orr .... color timer (uncredited)
Location Management
Stephanie Dupuy .... location manager: Louisiana
Virginia McCollam .... location manager: Louisiana
Jim Morris .... location manager: Los Angeles
Music Department
Jeff Charbonneau .... music editor
Deborah Lurie .... orchestrator
Larold Rebhun .... music mixer
Jonathan Sacks .... orchestrator
Lolita Ritmanis .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Rich Bennetti .... transportation co-captain
Jon Carpenter .... transportation captain
Shane Greedy .... transportation co-captain
J.T. Lannen .... transportation co-captain
Paul Schwanke .... picture car coordinator
Gina August .... driver (uncredited)
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Other crew
Kevin Bissada .... production assistant
Erin Borel .... production secretary
Candice D. Campos .... assistant production office coordinator
John Chisholm .... studio teacher
Joseph Coble .... craft service (as Joe Coble)
Susan Ehrhart .... production secretary (as Susan M. Ehrhart)
Joy Ellison .... dialect coach
Louise Fenton .... set production assistant
Tiffany Fraser .... assistant production accountant (as Tiffany Reinhard)
Sam Gaglani .... assistant: Ms. Isaacs
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor
Andrea Giannetti .... studio executive: development
Mark Gulbrandsen .... dailies projectionist: Lousiana
Justine Hebron .... production coordinator: Louisiana
Hilary Hellman .... assistant: Ms. Knowlton
Malle Jensen .... assistant: Mr. Banderas
Gene Kelly .... production accountant (as Eugene Kelly)
Kris Fullan Martinez .... production coordinator
Eric Myers .... unit publicist
Ashley Sibille .... production assistant
Vicki Thornton .... assistant production coordinator
Kenny Vasquez .... set production assistant
Jay Worth .... production assistant
Sue Chipperton .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Melinda A. Grieger .... hat designer (uncredited)
Jeffrey Harris .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Robert Lamkin .... caterer (uncredited)
Marie Nashold .... medic (uncredited)
Jay Roberts .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Cliff T.E. Roseman .... local unit manager (uncredited)
Michael Younger .... technical advisor: court scenes (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for some violence, thematic material, language and a scene of sensuality
111 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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This film was the directorial debut of Melanie Griffith's husband, Actor Antonio Banderas.See more »
[last lines]
Peejoe:I learned a lot of secrets that summer: you can bury freedom but you can't kill it. Taylor Jackson died for freedom. Aunt Lucille had to kill to get it. Life and death are only temporary but freedom goes on forever.
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
This movie still works so well for me!, 14 March 2008
Author: danvan346-1 from United States

I am in the process of trying to clean out an oversupply of VHS tapes and some of them are so easy to toss. Not this one. I had to sit down and watch it again and now I could only get rid of the VHS if I had it on DVD! I have not watched this movie in more than six years and it was "feel good" and "feel" all over again. David Morse is always wonderful. Lucas Black, Cathy Moriarty, Meat Loaf, Elizabeth Perkins, and many others are just a treat to watch. There's something about Melanie. I can't help liking her - even when I am finding fault with her. This movie really is strange with its incredibly serious (and gruesome) subject matter of a woman who methodically murders and decapitates her husband and then carries his head around with her - first in Tupperware and then in a very stylish hat box! The surprising part is that there is any plausibility at all, but it somehow existed for me. It had a strange feeling floating about it that was akin to "Forrest Gump" or "Nurse Betty", because it involved situations that were truly horrible, but everything kept working out for a sweet and naive character. The civil rights story was a very poignant counterpoint to the fantastic silliness of Lucille's odyssey. If I were a film student I may have sat there and criticized the way things came together, but I just watched it with an untrained eye, so it was fine. I certainly would have made the connection about a freedom theme even if they hadn't come out and stated it in the end. No one says a story has to be believable or plausible for it to work. This did work. I laughed a lot when I least expected to.

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