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Stir Crazy (1980)

Gene Wilder , Richard Pryor , Sidney Poitier  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor
  • Directors: Sidney Poitier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00441GZ2S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,388 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    One of the looniest pictures to come along in some time! STIR CRAZY teams two of the most brilliant and zany comic performers today: Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder. Skip (Wilder) and Harry (Pryor) have both been fired from their jobs, so they take off in their van for California to seek fame and fortune, but somewhere along the way the van conks out and they're broke and...well, they have to eat, right? So they land a gig as singing and dancing woodpeckers to promote a bank opening. When two bank robbers steal their costumes and stick up the bank, guess who gets the blame? Skip and Harry are carted off to the state pen for 125 years. They try to keep their sanity and their lives amidst: a sadistic warden, a hulking mass-murderer and an inter-prison rodeo - all with great hilarity.

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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "Yeah, that's right, we bad..." April 3, 2001
    Format:DVD
    In my opinion, there has never been a greater comedy duo than Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder. They are two comic geniuses who mesh perfectly when they come together.
    In STIR CRAZY, their best film in my opinion, the two play an actor and a playwright from New York who decide to head out west to look for work. However, along the way, their plans are put on hold as they get framed for bank robbery and find themselves in a Texas penitentiary. They then go through a series of adventures attempting to prove their innocence, escape from prison, and stay alive.
    The movie does not contain a very original plot, but the viewer can expect many laughs watching two of the greatest comedians of all time at their best!
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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as funny as "Silver Streak" December 13, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    "Stir Crazy" is Gene Wilder's and Richard Pryor's second film in which they starred together. Although this film contains many very funny scenes, the chemistry that Wilder and Pryor display here isn't as strong and cohesive as in their first film "Silver Streak", but is do-able. The scenes which slow this picture down are the rodeo-escape scenes toward the end of the film, and display very little life and are somewhat boring. The plot of "Stir Crazy", though, where Wilder and Pryor are framed for armed robbery and sent to prison, is quite amusing and hilarious, with the right amount of flavor and texture to grab my attention! The fact is, any movie starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, with the exception of "Another You", will command at least a four-star rating. Any die-hard fan(s) of these fine actors/performers will want to add "Stir Crazy" to their must-have collection(s).
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars That's right we're bad!!! December 10, 2005
    Format:DVD
    This movie is a true classic, Pryor and Wilder at their best. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with this one in your collection. Also, we will miss you Richard...my condolences to his family. Rest in Peace.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Left me in stitches. March 16, 2006
    By Gigi76
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    This movie is a great representation of the comedic chemistry shared by Pryor and Wilder. My favorite movie by the duo. Don't miss it!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wilder And Pryor At Their Peak May 1, 2009
    Format:DVD
    Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor was a good comedy team of the 1970s, making several hit movies together, this being one of the more memorable.

    Viewing this movie recently after a 25-year absence, it was a shock to me to hear the language. I had remembered this strictly as a light-hearted comedy but I can see why it's rated "R." That is solely for the language, especially by Pryor, but he was known for his profane humor.

    If you can put up with that, the film is downright funny, even today. I found myself laughing out loud at a few scenes, all of which I remembered vividly from several viewings in the '70s. They are still just as funny today.

    Who could forget that mammoth criminal with the long, long name - Erland van Lidth de Jeude? He was the guy that scared the heck out of everyone, just by his physical presence. In real life, that man was the opposite of his projected image on screen. He was a graduate of MIT, an accomplished opera singer, an Olympic wrestler, devoted husband and father, writer, etc. The poor man died at the age of 34.

    It also was interesting to see such a young looking Craig T Nelson and JoBeth Williams.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY! April 21, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:VHS Tape
    Just for the scene where Craig Nelson's character tries to teach Wilder a lesson by sticking him in a small box and a week later without much air and no food Wilder says,"One more week please!" genuinely meaning it, makes this movie worthwhile. Such moments are priceless.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars stir crazy September 13, 2005
    Format:DVD
    This is one of the best movies i have ever seen it s so interesting how they find out who the real theifs are. I only discovered Richard Pryor a couple of years ago. I first stated watching him in stand up and now he is my favorite. Any way go and rent or buy this DVD.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Amazon Instant Video
    In 1980, dramatic star turned director Sidney Poitier, teamed Gene Wilder back with Richard Pryor as two Easterners framed for murder (sounds vaguely familiar from something else) and sent to a prison in the west. Pryor makes this movie work with his faux bad-a55 attitude and comedic actions.

    Wilder is no slouch either. Playing Skip Donahue to Pryor's Harry Monroe, Donahue shows the warden he's got something the warden wants - bronc riding talent. True to any Wilder/Pryor movie, the writing rocks. Great lines abound from the movie with many still being quoted just for fun.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love this one absolutely hilarious!
    Published 1 hour ago by Tracey Clemons
    5.0 out of 5 stars I actually enjoyed this film more than I did years ago when ...
    De Ja Vu! I actually enjoyed this film more than I did years ago when I first saw it in the theatre. The actors were so funny. Gone of the days when films like these were made. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by KD
    5.0 out of 5 stars Close to perfection
    If not the best movie of all times. It is close.
    Published 4 days ago by Marcos Bressan
    3.0 out of 5 stars I was so glad to. see this great comedy again
    I was so glad to.see this great comedy again. I was just disappointed with not one extra. It would have been great to have at least a com m3n February track.
    Published 6 days ago by John Wayne Peel
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    This movie funny, crazy then some
    Published 11 days ago by Dana Peterson
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    They always made a great team.
    Published 1 month ago by Pargentina
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Love this movie the first time I saw it, and enjoy this crazy pair together forever again.
    Published 1 month ago by Leo of San Francisco.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Gene Wilder - Richard Pryor comedy
    If you like Gene Wilder - Richard Pryor comedies, this is one of the best. Funny premise, funny delivery.
    Published 1 month ago by Richard Smallwood
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    All I can say is" OLD SCHOOL HYSTERICAL"
    Published 1 month ago by Lisa
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Fun movie.Jack
    Published 2 months ago by jack
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