The Gods Must Be Crazy ()

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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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Andrew Steyn
Kate Thompson
Louw Verwey ...
Sam Boga
Nic de Jager ...
Jack Hind
Fanyana H. Sidumo ...
Card 1
Joe Seakatsie ...
Card 2
Brian O'Shaughnessy ...
Mr. Thompson
Paddy O'Byrne ...
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Reverend (uncredited) (voice)
Vera Blacker ...
Mrs. Thompson (uncredited)
Pip Freedman ...
Mpudi (uncredited) (voice)
Katinka Heyns ...
Young woman with noise in her head (uncredited)
Janet Meshad ...
Kate Thompson (uncredited) (voice)
The Reverend (uncredited)

Directed by

Jamie Uys

Written by

Jamie Uys ... (written by)

Produced by

Boet Troskie ... executive producer
Jamie Uys ... producer

Music by

Johnny Boshoff ... (as John Boshoff)

Cinematography by

Robert Lewis
Buster Reynolds
Jamie Uys

Film Editing by

Jamie Uys

Editorial Department

Stanford C. Allen ... consulting editor
Sue Antelme ... assistant editor
Gerda van den Broek ... assistant editor
Ricardo Olivero ... color timer (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Caroline Burls ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

Gail Grobbelaar
Mij Reynolds

Makeup Department

William Bell ... makeup artist (as Bill Bell)
Olga Lombard ... makeup artist

Production Management

Rina Venter ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Kobus Kruger ... assistant director (as Kobus Krüger)

Art Department

Caroline Burls ... artwork / graphics
Piet Esterhuizen ... set constructor
Wilhelm Esterhuizen ... set constructor

Sound Department

Tiny Burman ... synchronizer
Chris Fellows ... final mixer
Avram D. Gold ... supervising adr editor (US release)
Nelson Mabasha ... sound operator
Roelf van Jaarsveld ... sound editor
Chris Fellows ... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Joseph Holsen ... sound editor (uncredited)
Martha Burns Holsen ... sound editor (uncredited)
John Roesch ... foley artist (uncredited)
John Rotondi ... sound engineer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Paul Ballinger ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Anthony Bannister ... still photographer (uncredited)
Nelson Mabasha ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Les Reynolds ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Wolfgang Wiesner ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Other crew

Viv Bristow ... animal trainer
Caroline Burls ... continuity
Daan Retief ... dialogue coach
Jack Seale ... animal trainer
Gerda van den Broek ... assistant to producer
Di Yates ... continuity
Sheryl Friederichsen ... foreign marketing producer (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The critics are raving... the natives are restless... and the laughter is non-stop! See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Miracle World: Bushman (Japan, English title)
  • Les dieux sont tombés sur la tête (France)
  • Los dioses deben estar locos (Spain)
  • Και οι θεοί τρελάθηκαν (Greece)
  • Los dioses deben estar locos (Peru)
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  • 109 min
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Box Office

Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $60,000,000

Did You Know?

Trivia The film ran for 532 consecutive days at the Oaks Theaters in Cupertino, California, setting a record for the longest uninterrupted run of any movie in Northern California. It was pulled only because the film reels fell into disrepair and a large section caught fire. After such a long run, replacing the reels was too expensive. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in N!Ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman (1980). See more »
Soundtracks The Week's Work See more »
Quotes Narrator: Only 600 miles to the south, there's a vast city. And here you find civilized man. Civilized man refused to adapt himself to his environment; instead, he adapted his environment to suit him. So he built cities, roads, vehicles, machinery, and he put up power lines to run his labour-saving devices. But somehow he didn't know where to stop. The more he improved his surroundings to make life easier, the more complicated he made it. So now his children are sentenced to 10-15 years of school, just to learn how to survive in this complex and hazardous habitat they were born into. And civilized man, who refused to adapt to his surroundings, now finds he has to adapt and re-adapt every hour of the day to his self-created environment. For instance, if it's Monday and 7:30 comes up, you have to dis-adapt from your domestic surroundings and re-adapt yourself to an entirely different environment. 8:00 means everybody has to look busy. 10:30 means you can stop looking busy for 15 minutes. And then you have to look busy again. And so your day is chopped into pieces, and in each segment of time you adapt to a new set circumstances. No wonder some people go off the rails a bit...
[Kate looks for a place to have her lunch]
Kate Thompson: [to a woman] Is this seat taken?
[the woman moves over and Kate takes a seat]
Woman in the lunchroom: Does the noise in my head bother you?
Kate Thompson: No...
[Later, Kate finds Pete]
Kate Thompson: Still got that story about the teacher shortage in Botswana?
Pete: Yeah, you gonna use it?
Kate Thompson: No. Maybe they can use me.
Narrator: But in the Kalahari, it's always Tuesday, or Thursday if you like, or Sunday. No clocks or calendars tell you to do this or that.
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