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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
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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)
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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>

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- A sly comedy from Africa - See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Botswana | South Africa

Language:

English | Afrikaans | Ungwatsi

Release Date:

26 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los dioses deben estar locos See more »

Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,188, 15 July 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,031,783

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

C.A.T. Films,Mimosa Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Due to an informal international embargo against South Africa, the film was released as a Botswanan film, despite having a South African director and being financed with South African government funds. See more »

Goofs

When the snake falls from the tree onto the guerrilla, the man reacts at the beginning of the shot, before the snake lands on him. 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 ...
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Song With Thumb Piano
(uncredited)
Music by Andrew Tracey
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The funniest and also the most wonderful movie I have ever seen
7 June 2003 | by bill.ryanSee all my reviews

I first saw it in San Francisco in 1984. At the end of the movie the entire audience stood and applauded. I was astonished, as I'd never experienced this in a movie theater. I was so delighted that I went to see it again the very next evening. Exactly the same thing happened: the audience - a completely different one, of course - again stood and cheered as the movie reached its unexpected conclusion. I was exhilarated, enchanted, and had tear-lined cheeks from laughing more than I have at any other movie I have ever seen before or since. Go to the ends of the earth to see this unique and hilarious commentary on human nature. After years of trying, I tracked down a used video to treasure; and may it someday be released on DVD.


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