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Stir Crazy (1980)

Set up and wrongfully accused, two best friends will be sent to prison for a crime they didn't commit. However, no prison cell could keep them locked in.

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Sidney Poitier

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Wilder ... Skip Donahue
Richard Pryor ... Harry Monroe
Georg Stanford Brown ... Rory Schultebrand
JoBeth Williams ... Meredith
Miguel Ángel Suárez ... Jesus Ramirez (as Miguelangel Suarez)
Craig T. Nelson ... Deputy Ward Wilson
Barry Corbin ... Warden Walter Beatty
Charles Weldon ... Blade
Nicolas Coster ... Warden Henry Sampson
Joel Brooks ... Len Garber
Jonathan Banks ... Jack Graham
Erland van Lidth ... Grossberger (as Erland Van Lidth De Jeude)
Lewis Van Bergen ... Guard #1
Karmin Murcelo Karmin Murcelo ... Teresa Ramirez
Franklyn Ajaye ... Young Man in Hospital
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Storyline

Skip and Harry are framed for a bank robbery and end up in a western prison. The two eastern boys are having difficulty adjusting to the new life until the warden finds that Skip has a natural talent for riding broncos with the inter-prison rodeo coming up. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Only these two pigeons could dress up as woodpeckers... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prison Rodeo See more »

Filming Locations:

Downtown, Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,691,886, 14 December 1980, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$101,300,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder improvised many of their scenes together. See more »

Goofs

A boom mic ducks into view in the long shot of the scene where Skip talks to the woman in the department store. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Skip Donahue: Who needs Hollywood? I hear they're really nuts out there.
[singing]
Skip Donahue: Give me a town like old New York, With lots of trees and clean fresh air, I need a place where love is everywhere, They say I'm Crazy, just a little bit out of whack...
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Alternate Versions

A piece of music in the scene where Skip and Harry make their getaway and notice Len and Meredith coming towards them was heard on the theatrical and video version, but not the 1999 DVD. It's restored on the Blu-Ray by Image Entertainment. See more »

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Soundtracks

Eat Your Heart Out
Sung by Leata Galloway
Composed and Produced by Tom Scott (uncredited)
Lyrics by Rob Preston (uncredited)
Courtesy of Ariola-Eurodisc, GMBH
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short to the point
27 December 1999 | by gaffer-16See all my reviews

Simply put, one of the greatest buddy movies of all time. Pryor and Wilder were great together. At least for their first two movies together. Pryor and Wilder are at their funniest as two guys wrongly convicted of a bank robbery.


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