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Product Description

STILL CRAZY is the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe(r) -nominated comedy which follows the hilarious exploits of a 70s rock phenomenon 'Strange Fruit' as they reunite 20 years after a nasty break-up and attempt to recapture their fame and fortune. With stand-out performances from Stephen Rea, BillyConnolly, Bill Nighy and Juliet Aubrey, the comically bittersweet film combines the raucous energy of The Full Monty with the broad humor of This Is Spinal Tap. Directed by Brian Gibson (What's Love Got To Do With It) and featuring the music of Mick Jones (Foreigner) and Chris Difford (Squeeze).


This gently satirical British comedy chronicles the quixotic reunion of a late, arguably not-so-great, and unlamented '70s rock band, Strange Fruit, with a winning mix of humor and poignancy. The "Fruits," as the survivors call themselves without irony, had disbanded after the tragic loss of one member, the mysterious disappearance of another, and the aftershocks of internal rivalries, but 20 years later they warily reassemble for a Dutch club tour, a warm-up for a proposed festival appearance. Between that seemingly hare-brained proposal and the fateful festival, director Brian Gibson, working from a sharp script by Dick Clement and Ian LaFrenais, captures the absurdities of middle-aged rockers trying to recapture that lost cockiness.

Breathing life into the band is a terrific cast, including Stephen Rea, Jimmy Nail, Timothy Spall, and Bill Nighy, each managing to juggle deft archetype with believable character traits: Spall's cheerfully crass, flatulent drummer, and Nighy's preening, slow-witted lead singer exemplify the approach, grabbing chuckles yet making you actually care about them. Equally impressive is Billy Connolly as the wily roadie, Hughie, at once pragmatic and devoted to his charges. All are well-served by production details and script points that get the group's lost world of late '60s and early '70s rock exactly right, from costuming and stage moves to the long-forgotten bands they name-check--Blodwyn Pig, anybody?

The band's music likewise benefits from inspired insiders, cowriters Mick Jones (Spooky Tooth, Foreigner) and Chris Difford (Squeeze), who hit a nifty combination of bombast (for the silly scenes) and earnestness. When Gibson and his cast risk the story's amiable glow on a darker, more dramatic final act, the music rises to the challenge, and the whole project, like its fictional subject, achieves an unexpectedly touching victory. --Sam Sutherland

Special Features

  • Making-Of Featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: Billy Connolly, Jimmy Nail, Timothy Spall, Bill Nighy, Juliette Aubrey
  • Directors: Brian Gibson
  • Producers: Amanda Marmot
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767833988
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,951 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Still Crazy" on IMDb

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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By John Budd on October 13, 1999
Format: DVD
I rented this film and, as is my wont, I watched it while reading a newspaper or a magazine--really did it a disservice. I had the vague feeling I had missed something, so I bought the DVD, and I've watched the film now 3 or 4 times. It gets better upon repeat viewings. If you watch it, REALLY watch it. There are so many throwaway lines (e.g., "Little Feat. One point") that you just won't catch if you're not paying attention.
The music is just great--very believable rock written by some people from bands of the era (Foreigner, ELO, Squeeze). The actors are perfectly cast. I especially loved Bill Nighy in the role of lead singer Ray--a fragile, aging rocker who makes your heart melt with embarrassment most of the time he's on screen. If you love the old warhorse 70s bands, you'll love this film.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Andy Orrock VINE VOICE on November 7, 2003
Format: DVD
"Big Name" stars Stephen Rea (as keyboard player 'Tony Costello') and Billy Connolly (as prototypical rock band roadie 'Hughie' - no last name known or required) are front-loaded into the credits of this 1999 release detailing the fanciful reunion of splintered 1960s British rock group 'Strange Fruit.'
No matter. The film is lorded over by supposed lesser-light Bill Nighy, portraying the David Lee Roth-like, completely self-absorbed lead singer 'Ray Simms.' Try taking your eyes off Nighy when he's on the screen...especially during his spleen-venting histrionics on-stage. This is Grade A stuff.
And, for once, US marketers got it right: the cover box features Rea and fellow band members pushed far to the back, with a preening Nighy front and center in classic rock superstar regalia and pout. That's exactly the way the movie feels.
We rented 'Still Crazy' as a 'second movie' throw-in & wound up being totally enchanted by it. Frankly, I can't even remember the other film, ostensibly our 'big viewing' for the weekend. I'll bet 'Still Crazy' - and especially Nighy - has that effect on you, too. It's definitely worth checking out.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. Hartley on April 19, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Q: What do you call a musician without a girlfriend? A: Homeless! If that old chestnut still makes you chortle, then you will "get" this movie. Painting an absolutely life-like portrait of an "almost great" 70's British band reforming for a 90's reunion tour, "Still Crazy" does "Spinal Tap" one better (I guess then you could say this film goes to "eleven", actually). The important dinstinction to make with "Still Crazy" is that, unlike other rock 'n' roll satires, it doesn't "mock" its characters, rather it treats them with the kind of respect that can only come from someone who truly loves and understands the music. Great performances all around, with the oft-mentioned Bill Nighy a standout in a hilarious yet poignant performance as the insecure lead singer. Devoted prog-rock fans will revel in many clever "inside" references, and are sure to recognize that the character of the "lost" leader/guitarist is obviously a tribute to Syd Barrett. Keep in mind, however, that you don't have to be a rabid rock fan to enjoy this film; its core issues dealing with mid-life crisis and the importance of following your bliss are universal themes. An exceptional original soundtrack (the kind that SHOULD, but of course NEVER gets nominated for an Academy Award!) puts the icing on the cake.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Mikels on June 11, 2002
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I can't remember the last time I was so entertained by a movie that I watched it three times within 24 hours. STILL CRAZY took me from my somber, somewhat starchy middle-age existence and transported me back to my college years in the Seventies, when I was in a ragtag part-time band. Make no mistake about it: this movie nails the chaotic, outlandish, self-absorbed, overbearing and irresistibly dysfunctional behavior of rock musicians. The antics of the characters--even in middle age as they attempt to revive their careers--brought back a plethora of memories. I, too, can recall gigs that had gone awry; band members shouting chords at one another during a song; the frequent "artistic" disagreements; impromptu jam sessions in barns, garages, empty high school band rooms; and the thrill of connecting with an audience (usually a drunk audience).
Buy this movie...rent this movie...see this movie. It's more than just a comedy; there is a very real human component that transcends even the tumultuous world of the music industry. You'll laugh, you'll brush away an occasional tear, and you'll be thoroughly entertained.
The flame still burns. God bless rock 'n roll!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Amor on November 29, 1999
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I just LOVED this movie. It was so real. Every little nuance of the guys was just perfect. I used to watch a band like this in my teens called the Newz/s in New Zealand. And I could almost imagine that someone had tracked them down and used each and every one of them for the characters. I laughed til I cried, it's an absolute scream. It's very well put together, very funny, picks up the times that were, when these bands were really big. Each member of the band is a perfect set of what is was like. The surly serious bass player (but secretly pretty good and of course, every female was in love with him). The blond and totally egotistic but slightly pathetic lead singer. The curly haired Tony who is the 'sensible but cuddly' one of the band. And every character seems to be perfectly thought out. Even down to the lead singers swedish/foriegn wife. And Bryan the genius of the group, but very sensitive. They even got the names right - there was always a Bryan! And a Tony! Anyway, it's a gorgeous film, full of clever lines and marvellous satirical British humour and it's so real and earthy. It's one of my favorites. Talk about take me back.
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