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Crazy People (1990)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 13 April 1990 (USA)
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.

Writer:

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 ... 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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Taglines:

A comedy about truth in advertising. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Four of the advertising blurbs in the movie said (1) "SONY. Because Caucasians are just too damn tall" ; (2) "CONTINENTAL EXPRESS. We'll Screw Them To Get Your Package There On Time" ; (3) "METAMUCIL. It helps you go to the toilet. If you don't use it, you'll get cancer and die" and (4) "QUAKER OATS. Does This Cereal Taste Great? Who knows. But At Least The Box IS Cute. Quaker Oats. Old Fashioned. 100% Natural". See more »

Quotes

Kathy: Pretty girls are breaking everybody's back.
Emory Leeson: But you're pretty. I mean, really pretty.
Kathy: Yes, but I don't have the problems normally associated with prettiness... because, when I was a child, I looked like Ed McMahon.
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Crazy Credits

A disclaimer appears stating, "Characters in this film do not depict persons with mental illnesses. Mental illness is a serious disease which affects many millions of people." See more »

Connections

References Tremors (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

THE HELLO SONG
by Cal DeVoll
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This movie won't just make you laugh, it'll make you stop breathing and die.
25 May 2004 | by malkavthejesterSee all my reviews

Well, I almost did. The first time I saw Crazy People, I thought it was a work of comic genius. Now, several years later, I still do.

Emory and Steve (Dudley Moore and Paul Reiser) are ad executives who need to come up with new advertisements in a hurry. When Emory's relationship falls apart, he becomes disillusioned with the whole business of lying and makes up some honest ads. As his partner, Steve is naturally concerned, and has him committed to a mental hospital. While they're doing that, the honest ads accidentally get printed. People everywhere are told that they should fly United Airlines because, quote, "Most of our passengers get there alive." This is just one of the hilarious and truthful ads we get to see in the film.

When the honest ads become wildly popular, the head of the ad agency wants Emory to come back to work. He doesn't want to leave the hospital, so the members of his group therapy group become ad writers to help him. As it turns out, the lunatics are very good at writing honest commercials. The New York tourism campaign was particularly good. Ad #1 told us that "It's not as filthy as you think," whereas Ad #2 assured us that "There were fewer murders last year."

There is a bit of tension in the middle of the movie, but I'm not going to spoil that for those people who haven't seen it yet. Trust me, it's worth the rental price. If you're looking for a good laugh, get ahold of this movie. If you're looking for intelligent discourse on the subject of dishonesty in society or mankind's relative dishonesty with himself or others, rent something else along with this movie.

One more ad, in case you're not totally convinced yet: "Metamucil: It helps you go to the toilet. If you don't use it, you'll get cancer and die."

Go on. You know you want to. Okay, go to the toilet first. But then, rent this movie!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,357,800, 15 April 1990

Gross USA:

$13,236,513

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,236,513
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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