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Crazy People (1990)

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A bitter ad executive who has reached his breaking point, finds himself in a mental institution where his career actually begins to thrive with the help of the hospital's patients.

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Mitch Markowitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dudley Moore ... Emory Leeson
Daryl Hannah ... Kathy Burgess
Paul Reiser ... Stephen Bachman
J.T. Walsh ... Drucker
Bill Smitrovich ... Bruce
Alan North ... Judge
David Paymer ... George
Danton Stone ... Saabs
Paul Bates ... Robles
Dick Cusack Dick Cusack ... Mort
Doug Yasuda ... Hsu
Floyd Vivino Floyd Vivino ... Eddie Aris
Mercedes Ruehl ... Dr. Liz Baylor
Ben Hammer ... Dr. Koch
David Packer David Packer ... Mark Olander
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Storyline

Emory works in advertising, and is beginning to crack-up. His latest idea is honesty, e.g. "Volvos, Yes they are boxy, but they're safe". This doesn't go down too well with the boss, so Emory is sent to a psychiatric hospital to 'recover'. Meanwhile, back at the office, Emory's work is accidentally sent to the printers. His ads are a huge success. But now Emory has fallen for Kathy (another patient) and so doesn't want to leave. Written by Rob Hartill

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Winner of 107 Academy Awards.* (* awarded by the Academy of Eternal Optimists) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les fous de la pub See more »

Filming Locations:

Chatham, Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$13,236,513
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Promotional artwork for this film on DVD, home video and movie posters has shown actor Dudley Moore wearing a strait-jacket. But in a contra-position to the film's main theme of "truth in advertising", Moore is never actually seen in the movie wearing a strait-jacket. See more »

Quotes

Drucker: [reading ad copy] Metamucil: It helps you go to the toilet. If you don't use it, you'll get cancer and die.
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Crazy Credits

The song, "What a Wonderful Word - Hello" (which is played, in part, in the film) runs during part of the credits, with a 'follow the bouncing ball' sing-along on the screen. See more »

Connections

References Tremors (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

BRANDENBURG CONCERTO No 5 - ALLEGRO
By Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Karl Richter and his Chamber Orchestra
Courtesy of Teldec Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Rent This Movie. It's Corny, But It's Good.
26 July 1999 | by massadvjSee all my reviews

"Crazy People" is about an advertising executive who goes nuts and starts writing "honest" television commercials, as opposed to the puffery and outright lies we have come to know and expect. Naturally, they lock him up. But, lo and behold, the honest approach actually works, so the agency enlists the help of the entire population of the mental hospital to write ads.

The ads themselves are hilarious, as are some of the scenes. There is one very funny scene in which calloused and savvy advertising execs try to write honest ads, but find they are too jaded.

The film could have done without a subplot involving a romance between Dudley Moore and Daryl Hannah. Other than that, it is definitely worth your time.***


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