The bizarre true story of Linda Riss and Burt Pugach.


Dan Klores, Fisher Stevens (co-director)


Dan Klores
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Janoff Bob Janoff ... Self - Burt's Friend
Burt Pugach ... Self
Linda Pugach ... Self (as Linda Riss)
Sylvia Hoffman Sylvia Hoffman ... Self - Linda's Cousin
Rita Kessler Rita Kessler ... Self - Friend
Joyce Guerriero Joyce Guerriero ... Self - Friend
Berry Stainback Berry Stainback ... Self - Biographer
Janet Pomerantz Janet Pomerantz ... Self - Burt's Secretary
Rusty Goldberg Rusty Goldberg ... Self - Friend
Jimmy Breslin ... Self - Journalist
Margaret Powers Margaret Powers ... Self - Police Officer
Norman Ackerman Norman Ackerman ... Self - Psychiatrist (as Dr. Norman Ackerman)
William Kunstler ... Self - Defense Attorney (archive footage)
Marvyn Kornberg Marvyn Kornberg ... Self - Defense Attorney
Marvin Scott ... Self - TV Reporter


The bizarre true story of Linda Riss and Burt Pugach.

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Discover a love story like no other and a movie you'll never forget! See more »

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Rated PG-13 for language including sexual references, and mature thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Burt Pugach and Linda Pugach were two of the last people interviewed for this documentary. See more »


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Awesome. Real people are far more compelling than fictional characters.
23 December 2007 | by MediaRacketSee all my reviews

"Crazy Love" again shows us just how compelling real people and situations can be when compared to their fictional counterparts. The screenwriter has not yet been born who could come up with such a detailed, character-rich, period-to-present story. Simply outrageous, you can smell the ink of the old New York tabloids wafting from the screen. This film is endlessly entertaining, fascinating, scary, funny, familiar, confusing and confounding. I think that New Yorkers will find the film and it's tone particularly interesting. The stock footage and stills are outdone only by the amazing Bronx/Brooklyn-ese accents whining from this quirky but genuine group. Think of it, single scandalous crime whose layers have been evolving and unfolding for 50 years now. A must see!

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Release Date:

1 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Is in the Air See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,952, 3 June 2007

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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