7.3/10
50,018
157 user 38 critic

The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

PG | | Comedy | 26 October 1984 (USA)
A comic allegory about a traveling Bushman who encounters modern civilization and its stranger aspects, including a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries.

Director:

Jamie Uys

Writer:

Jamie Uys
Reviews
Popularity
4,952 ( 25)
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

6 people comically meet in the Kalahari desert: a female NYC lawyer flying with a local zoologist/pilot in a mini-plane, a Cuban and an African soldier taking each other POW, a Boer elephant poacher and a bushman looking for his 2 sons.

Director: Jamie Uys
Stars: N!xau, Lena Farugia, Hans Strydom
Crazy Safari (1991)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Two guys, one of them a magician, are transporting an ancient chinese vampire who can only be controlled by a series of yellow tapes, and is the ancestor of the other guy. On the way, while... See full summary »

Director: Billy Chan
Stars: N!xau, Ching-Ying Lam, Sam Christopher Chow
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

The gods are still crazy after all these years! "Crazy Hong Kong" (1993), also known as "The Gods Must Be Crazy IV", finds N!xau, the bushman star of the classic comedy "The Gods Must Be ... See full summary »

Director: Wellson Chin
Stars: N!xau, Carina Lau, Cecilia Yip
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Hijinx ensue when N!xau the Bushman travels to Beijing where he's recruited to accompany a track team on a week long survival race through the Chinese wilderness.

Director: Kin-Nam Cho
Stars: N!xau, Kent Cheng, Pei-Pei Cheng
Comedy | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Hilarious documentary on the wildlife of the Namib Desert.

Director: Jamie Uys
Stars: Paddy O'Byrne
Funny People (1976)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A series of very early public pranks staged in South Africa, with some clearly being faked with the use of actors and impossible to catch on the fly camera moves and insert shots.

Directors: Jamie Uys, Kobus Kruger
Stars: Joe Stewardson, Bill Brewer, Stuart Brown
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Ebrahim alhasan, a guy who try to prove that god exists in many ways with his coworker Khalid here's.

Director: Jayashankarr
Stars: Kumar Madan, Shashank Mouli, Vinod Varma
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An American reporter goes to the Australian outback to meet an eccentric crocodile poacher and invites him to New York City.

Director: Peter Faiman
Stars: Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A group of good-hearted, but incompetent misfits enter the police academy, but the instructors there are not going to put up with their pranks.

Director: Hugh Wilson
Stars: Steve Guttenberg, G.W. Bailey, Kim Cattrall
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

They are searching for the city of Monomotapa and a it's precious jewel, but they haven't accounted for the Gods.

Director: Robert van de Coolwijk
Stars: Lucas Baloyi, Richard Cox, Sandra Prinsloo
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Incompetent police Detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.

Director: David Zucker
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A sequel to the 2001's "Mr. Bones," which follows the further adventures of a white African witch doctor.

Director: Gray Hofmeyr
Stars: Leon Schuster, Tongayi Chirisa, Leeanda Reddy
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marius Weyers ... Andrew Steyn
Sandra Prinsloo ... Kate Thompson
N!xau ... Xi
Louw Verwey Louw Verwey ... Sam Boga
Michael Thys ... Mpudi
Nic de Jager Nic de Jager ... Jack Hind
Fanyana H. Sidumo Fanyana H. Sidumo ... Card 1
Joe Seakatsie Joe Seakatsie ... Card 2
Brian O'Shaughnessy Brian O'Shaughnessy ... Mr. Thompson
Ken Gampu ... President
Paddy O'Byrne Paddy O'Byrne ... Narrator (voice)
Edit

Storyline

A Sho in the Kalahari desert encounters technology for the first time--in the shape of a Coke bottle. He takes it back to his people, and they use it for many tasks. The people start to fight over it, so he decides to return it to the God--where he thinks it came from. Meanwhile, we are introduced to a school teacher assigned to a small village, a despotic revolutionary, and a clumsy biologist. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It's PRIMITIVE! . . . It's POIGNANT! . . . It's PERTURBING! but it will make you laugh, cheer and shout! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

South Africa | Botswana

Language:

English | Afrikaans | Ungwatsi

Release Date:

26 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gods Must Be Crazy See more »

Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$30,031,783

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,031,783
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the original soundtrack, Sandra Prinsloo had a strong Afrikaans accent. Her voice was dubbed by an American actress for the US release. See more »

Goofs

The spool of thread on the sewing machine changes from beige to green and back before Sam Boga hits it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: It looks like a paradise, but it is in fact the most treacherous desert in the world... the Kalahari. After the short rainy season, there are many waterholes, and even rivers. But after a few weeks, the water sinks away into the deep Kalahari sand, the waterholes dry up, and the rivers stop flowing. The grass fades to a beautiful blond colour that offers excellent grazing. But for the next nine months there will be no water to drink, so most of the animals move away, leaving the ...
See more »

Connections

Featured in Buster Reynolds Remembers Jamie Uys (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of the Shepherd
(uncredited) [UK release print]
Music by Jack Trombey
De Wolfe Music Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Interesting film, one that will be remembered for a long time
22 April 2003 | by Agent10See all my reviews

It seemed simplistic, yet it was so brilliant in its execution that it ranks as one of the more interesting films of the last century. Unique and different, this film showed a different side of Africa and introduced one of the few genuine characters in the African Bushman. Highly recommended for anyone who has not seen this film. If you can find it, rent it.


40 of 47 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 157 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed