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Crazy in Alabama (1999)

Melanie Griffith , David Morse , Antonio Banderas  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Melanie Griffith, David Morse, Lucas Black, Cathy Moriarty, Meat Loaf
  • Directors: Antonio Banderas
  • Writers: Mark Childress
  • Producers: Debra Hill, Diane Isaacs, Jim Dyer, Linda Goldstein Knowlton, Meir Teper
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2000
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767823354
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,781 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crazy in Alabama" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Making-Of Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes With Narration by Director Antonio Banderas
  • A Director's Passion: Photo Montage With Commentary by Antonio Banderas
  • Blooper Reel

Editorial Reviews

Antonio Banderas' directorial debut opens in the sweltering summer of 1965, and everyone in Alabamahas gone completely crazy, especially 12-year-old Peejoe's glamorous Aunt Lucille (Melanie Griffith). Deciding not to let her abusive husband stand in the way of her dreams of television stardom, shegets rid of him in a most unusual way and leaves Peejoe (Lucas Black) with lots of questions and one explosive secret. Accompanied only with her hatbox and its mysterious contents, Lucille tries to evade both the cops and her demons on her hiliarious journey to Hollywood, while Peejoe is left behind with his uncle (David Morse) in Alabama. And as he tries to steer clear of the cunning Sherriff John Doggett (Meat Loaf Aday), Peejoe learns which secrets to keep and which ones to tell in this poignant comedy about the price of freedom and why it's always worth it, whatever the cost.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising Excellence! May 26, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
"Crazy in Alabama" is set in the early 1960's and combines several plots expertly: the Civil Rights Movement, spousal abuse, and parentless children. Antonio Banderas directs brilliantly. Melanie Griffith is a vision of loveliness and her performance is worth seeing all by itself! The bottom line is, no matter what the consequences, we must do the right thing.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies of 1999! April 2, 2000
I have seen all of the Oscar contenders and critically acclaimed movies of 1999 and believe this movie should have been up there with them. It was humorous, touching, uplifting and wonderful. Some might be disturbed by some of the subject matter - a woman who cuts off her husband's head and drives around with it in a tupperware jar - but there is so much depth to this movie, it literally made me cry. It is also the story of the narrator, Pee-Joe's, summer in Industry, Alabama where he inadvertently ends up tangling with the evil Sheriff and stands up against the injustices committed against the blacks in his town. Lucille lends a little humour to the film but her speech in court at the end is touching as she tells the reasons why she killed her husband, Chester. It was definitely a great movie all around. It will go down as one of my favorite films of all time. All of the actors in it were superb. A great message to the film is summed up by Pee-Joe "You can bury freedom but you can't kill it".
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the love of Melanie November 3, 2004
Melanie Griffith is one of the biggest stars in the late 80's and early '90's, and her stardom has faded a bit in recent years. Although I really was impressed by her early work in Working Girls, it wasn't until I saw this film when I was swept away by her multi-layered performance that was funny, campy, and melodramatic. For a low-key period piece, she's the reason to see it.

Melanie plays a house wife raising 7 children under the roof of house dominated by her sexually, verbally, and physically abusive husband. She's had enough, so she cut his off and headed for Hollywood to pursue her acting career, leaving her kids and friends behind in Alabama. She carried his dead husband's head in a big hat box along for the ride. The police are trying to track her down.

She landed a gig in a TV show and became a big star over night. It's hard to believe that happened so easily. Everyone saw her on TV including the cops. A black boy was killed by a white boy accidently in Alabama and it was a huge racism scanddal. Melanie got arrested and was sent back to Alabama. Everyone treated her like a star when she arrived.

The courtroom scene was the climatic part of the film when Melanie gets to tell her story as a victim of abuse and trying to win the simpathy of the jury. I was so moved by this scene, and Melanie commands absolute attention, because she's very real and powerful emotionally. Whether she was released or sent to jail, you are just going to have to watch it.

It was obvious that Melanie gave her all to the direction of her husband/Antonio Banderas' debut. This is a must see for Melanie Griffith fans!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun escape August 3, 2009
This movie truly is a fun escape even though there are some serious sub-plots (racism, domestic violence, etc). You will truly root for Lucille to win and expect laughter and tears on this journey. Great movie!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sensitive Film June 13, 2000
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Overall, Crazy in Alabama is a thought-provoking , funny and sensitive film. Yes it borders on farce, Lucille running toward Hollywood with her husband's head in tow. But Melanie Grifith really grabs our attention in court and makes us think seriously about a woman being killed little by little. In addition, Director Banderas is able to skillfully weave together the story of the civil rights struggle to Lucille's bid for freedom. I rented the film and after viewing it, felt that it was a film that I'd want to see again and share it with my friends. My only criticism is that the ending with the three kids going of fishing was a little Mark Twainish. The director would have been well advised to have them look a bit scruffier to be believable. As it stands the scene looks too staged for my taste. All criticisms aside, I think this is an enjoyable family film.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tale of a Decade December 28, 2000
By A Customer
This DVD is in my library of Great films because it was entertaining but at the same time had a moral I'd like my son to understand.
It was comedic in its dealing with the theme of the decades of the 60's and the 70's ( and even today) yet at the same time dealt seriously and respectfully with the topic.
There was one theme, of a group's search for recognition of humanity and inalienable rights in the story of a young woman who kills her husband for her freedom and a younger Black man who gives his life in a similar cause. The two ongoing stories were handled in a unique and entertaining manner.
I will watch this DVD over again and enjoy it many times in the future. I will watch for other films directed by Antonio Banderas.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crazy About Alabama in Arizona August 8, 2000
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Crazy In Alabama is engrossing and entertaining with the excellent re-creation of the mid-60's with respect to cars, fashions, and the civil rights movement.All actors were superbly cast for their roles. Not bad directing Mr. Banderas; You may have another artistic venue or outlet, yet. There are two stories simultaneously being told here. Yes, they are both effective and do meet at the end of the road for purpose and not filler. The title itself is also double edged meaning ; It is indicative of the racial tension and madness in Alabama happening while Lucille is on her cross country/Hollywood quest (to lay certain ghosts of the past to rest as well)...
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silly but moving.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Useless
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Published 2 months ago by Jenessa Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny with a touch of History
Order this movie and I simply love it!!!
Published 2 months ago by CJH
5.0 out of 5 stars Left an impression.......
By my title I mean that once I've seen a movie, the best of them keep poppin' into my head scene by scene for the rest of the day, if not for more.
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Published 3 months ago by Richard J. Oravitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Goood Movie
Thank you ao much for this movie. My nana took me to go see it i. Theaters when i was 7 or 8 and because of the interesting dynamics it stuck with me all these years. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cristina
5.0 out of 5 stars ::: All Around Great :::
Great movie, great price, great arrival time, & great product! I would highly recommend this product & the company that sells it!
Published 7 months ago by Maggie The Shopper!
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, thrilling movie. Shipped quickly. Seller's claim of 'like new'...
I highly recommend this seller. Even if you are not a fan of Melanie Griffith, she'll change your mind in this story line and the rest of the cast are awesome!
Published 7 months ago by Christine Young Dion
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie
Despite the subject matter (race killing, decaptation, wife abuse).
Its a funny movie, Melanie Griffith is great in her part.
Published 8 months ago by Gary R. Jordan
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