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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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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 »

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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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$30,031,783

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,031,783
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Producer Boet Troskie considered this film and The Gods Must Be Crazy II (1989) as the only true films in the franchise, labeling all subsequent knock-offs without his and director Jamie Uys's involvement "ungodly fakes". 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 ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Player (1992) See more »

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Jan's Box of Tricks
(uncredited) [UK release print]
Music by Jack Trombey
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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adorable
29 September 2000 | by renaldo and claraSee all my reviews

I loved this movie! I loved how, although it wasn't an 100% accurate depiction of a Kalahari bushman, kids who watch this can believe that it is. Peaceful, happy, considerate; living a utopia.

And can we say *funny*?! This film was hilarious!! I couldn't stop laughing at the slapstick performed by the lead actor(don't remember his name.), the bushman, and all the children.

But best of all (and I'm not some 35-year-old mother), is that people of *any* age, boy or girl can watch this.



It's a feel-good, funny, heartwarming story about love, friendship, and following your faith. See it when you can!!!

-Sep


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