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The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

The production team, totaling less than thirty, consisted of men - mostly in their twenties. Asked why he used novices, director Jamie Uys said: "They do as I say." See more »

Goofs

When the Bushmen make music with the Coke bottle, an empty bottle produces different notes. Changing tones should mean adding water. 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

Spoofed in Og Must Be Crazy (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Shosholoza
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Traditional
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A Masterpiece
17 February 2002 | by medrjelSee all my reviews

What starts out as a simple tale of the bush turns into a wild adventure with a coke bottle, revolutionaries, a dis-enchanted office worker turned teacher, and a scientist who studies animal dung with no skills around women. Add a smart-tongued mechanic and a 4x4 called the antichrist, and you have one of the funniest movies ever to come out of South Africa. You laugh as much at the ludicrous nature of some of the situations as much as what they want you to laugh at. You may never look at Africa the same again.


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