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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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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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Decent performances and well made, but contains too complex of a script. **1/2 (out of four) See more (71 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Melanie Griffith ... Lucille Vinson

David Morse ... Dove Bullis

Lucas Black ... Peter Joseph 'Peejoe' Bullis

Cathy Moriarty ... Earlene Bullis

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

Rod Steiger ... Judge Louis Mead

Richard Schiff ... Norman the Chauffeur

John Beasley ... Nehemiah Jackson

Robert Wagner ... Harry Hall

Noah Emmerich ... Sheriff Raymond

Sandra Seacat ... Meemaw

Paul Ben-Victor ... D.A. Mackie (as Paul Ben Victor)

Brad Beyer ... Jack
Fannie Flagg ... Sally the Waitress

Elizabeth Perkins ... Joan Blake

Linda Hart ... Madelyn

Paul Mazursky ... Walter Schwegmann

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

John Fleck ... Jake the Barkeeper
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 ... Amanda, 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 Martin Luther King
Barbara Tasker ... Organizer

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

Kirk Fox ... Bridge Patrolman #2
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
Jim 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
Jim 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 J. 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)
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)
Stephanie Dupuy .... location manager: Louisiana
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
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
Virginia McCollam .... location manager: Louisiana
Jim Morris .... location manager: Los Angeles
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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Rated PG-13 for some violence, thematic material, language and a scene of sensuality
111 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Two of Lucille's children are played by Melanie Griffith's real-life children: Dakota Johnson and Stella Banderas.See more »
Peejoe:You could drive by today and never know there was a pool there at all but I know the secret. There's water trapped underneath all that cement, three inches of water as blue as Lucille's eyes.See more »
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Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »
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Decent performances and well made, but contains too complex of a script. **1/2 (out of four), 2 February 2001

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.

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