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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.

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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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At last, a comedy everyone can laugh with! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

South Africa | Botswana

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 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

In the village, after the assassination attempt, the lead vehicle accidentally runs over a chicken. It's not a prop or dummy chicken. When viewed frame-by-frame, it clearly tries to leap out of the way. 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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Referenced in Michael Jackson: Black or White (1991) See more »

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The Week's Work
(uncredited) [UK release print]
Music by John Fiddy and Sammy Burdson (i.e.Gerhard Narholz)
Sonoton Musikverlag
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Masterpiece
6 November 2004 | by SwambiSee all my reviews

A unique film with a brilliant combination of slapstick, subtle humour, wonderful music, brilliant wildlife and scenic shots, all beautifully woven into a piece in an almost "road-style" movie around the adventures of a bushman.

Like any story, there are some aspects which are slightly unbelievable if you stop to think - but the skill of the film is that it is sufficiently convincing to suspend such unbelief whilst you watch.

The message of the film is brilliantly presented, subtly challenging the belief that white civilization has all the answers, gently poking fun at many of our western assumptions (no idea why anyone thinks it's racist - it may be the opposite)!

Some of the high points for me personally were the scenery, the wildlife, and the African huts, children and music. Having lived in Africa for 3 years it was absolutely true to life, and brought back fond memories. This is a classic that will bear watching time and time again, and so different from the run of the mill films generally churned out.

A classic - 9/10.


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