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The Gods Must Be Crazy Series (The Gods Must Be Crazy / The Gods Must Be Crazy II) (1990)

N!xau , Lena Farugia , Jamie Uys  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: N!xau, Lena Farugia, Hans Strydom, Eiros, Nadies
  • Directors: Jamie Uys
  • Writers: Jamie Uys
  • Producers: Jamie Uys, Boet Troskie
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 205 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKU7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,765 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Gods Must Be Crazy Series (The Gods Must Be Crazy / The Gods Must Be Crazy II)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Featurettes: "Journey to Nyae Nyae," "Buster Reynolds Remembers Jamie Uys"
  • Baraka school photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

South African director Jamie Uys caught lightning in a bottle with The Gods Must Be Crazy--a Coke bottle, to be specific. This slaphappy collection of goofy pratfalls and culture-clash gags became an enormous international smash, and made a sort of star out of the Bushman selected to play the central role, the completely ingratiating N!Xau. He plays a man, unaware of white culture, who finds a Coca-Cola bottle in the Kalahari (dropped by a passing pilot) and promptly has his life turned around by this mystical object. The movie looks slipshod and even amateurish at times, yet its attitude is so bubbly it's hard to resist. Proving that physical comedy remains a true international language, millions of moviegoers around the world drank it up.

The Gods Must Be Crazy II (1989) returns N!Xau to the bizarre world of the white man, this time in a slicker plot (and a with a bigger budget) that, perhaps predictably, yields fewer real belly laughs than the first time around. Director Jamie Uys sticks to his cherished notions that tribesmen are wiser than civilized people, and that fast-motion comedy is inherently funny. The storyline begins with N!Xau's innocent Bushman searching for his lost children; he then gets sidetracked by subplots. The humor is basic, but in best silent-movie tradition Uys prepares his set-pieces with elaborate care, and he understands the value of the long-delayed pay-off. --Robert Horton

Product Description

When a primitive Bushman finds a coke bottle, he sets out to return it to the gods, and encounters the insanity of \civilization" for the first time; Xixo"

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102 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "So how did the land rover get up the tree?" November 15, 2003
By M. Hart
In 1980, director Jamie Uys (1921-1996) wrote, produced, directed and even acted in a landmark film entitled "The Gods Must Be Crazy" which is about a little Bushman named Xixo (N!xau, 1944-2003) from the Kalahari Desert who has ever ventured far from home nor has any concept of technology. When a coke bottle falls from a plane that is flying overhead and nearly hits Xixo, he believes that it is a gift from the gods, takes it and uses it as a tool for many everyday tasks. Other members of Xixo's tribe also use the bottle, but they eventually begin to fight over it. Deciding that the bottle is an evil thing, Xixo decides that he must return it to the gods and begins a lengthy journey to find the edge of the world from which to throw the evil bottle away. Also being totally uneducated about other people's (and nation's) customs and laws, Xixo hunts an animal for food in a park. Park rangers come along, are unable to communicate with Xixo and arrest him for poaching. Unfortunately for Xixo, he has absolutely no concept that he has done anything wrong, but when he is brought before a local court, a man is there who speaks Xixo's language. The court awards custody of Xixo to the man, a mechanic named Mpudi (Michael Thys), who is friend and an assistant of sorts to a bumbling wildlife biologist, Andrew Steyn (Marius Weyers). Andrew is smitten with his village's new school-teacher, Kate Thompson (Sandra Prinsloo). The village also has a church whose reverend is played by Jamie Uys. While Xixo is trying to cope with technology, while Andrew is trying to woo Kate and while Mpudi is trying to keep their demonic land rover working, a terrorist named Sam Boga (Louw Verwey) is also on the loose.
Jamie Uys' plot, dialog and direction was completely supurb in "The Gods Must Be Crazy".
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Culture Clash Comedies February 3, 2004
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This set contains two great comedies set in the beautiful deserts of Botswana, Africa.
The first "The Gods Must be Crazy" was released in 1980. I was surprised just how much it shows that in hair and clothing styles, but I hardly noticed after the first few minutes. It actually starts much like a documentary, telling about life in a bushman tribe in the Kalahari. One day, they discover a Coke bottle. Thinking it a gift from the gods, they begin to use it for all kinds of tasks, only to find it has introduced strife to their community. Xixo sets out to find the end of the world and return it to the gods. Meanwhile, a despotic revolutionary is on the run after a failed coop attempt. And a biologist is trying to get over his fear of women to transport the new school teacher and to the village.
This movie starts out a little slow, setting up the bushman culture and customs, so that when the movie gets going, we'll get the laughter. Most of the comedy is at the expense of civilized humans, but some great points are made about out reliance on our technology. Some of the physical gags involving the barely running jeep and the nervous biologist are priceless, and the plotting of these three stories is brilliant.
"The Gods Must be Crazy II" (1989) once again finds Xixo traveling into the world of the strange civilized man when his kids accidentally stow away in an ivory poacher's truck. Meanwhile, a corporate lawyer and biologist have been stranded in the desert when their plane is blown off course during a freak storm. And two opposing soldiers are trying to capture each other.
This story starts and moves much faster. I hadn't seen it as recently as the first one, and I'd forgotten just how funny this one was. I think it might actually be a little funnier.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, nice DVD February 3, 2004
By TacoGuy
After waiting several years, I finally was able to buy "The Gods Must Be Crazy 1 & 2" on DVD. A few brief comments:
1) Both "Gods" films are great entertainment.
2) DVD picture quality is better than what I've seen on TV or from the VHS version, which really looked worn out. However, don't expect "Star Wars" digital camera clarity.
3) For the first time I saw both "Gods" movies in widescreen, which is a nice treat. TV always shows them in Full-Screen, including the VHS version.
4) There are documentaries of director Jamie Uys and actor N!Xau. The one about N!Xau is the most interesting. It details the hard, difficult live he lived in the Kalahari, in stark contrast to the happy, carefree life depicted in the films. Clips of N!Xau's funeral are also shown. One gripe: when N!Xau is talking, and he talks quite a bit, there is almost no translation of what he's saying!!! Frustrating. Nevertheless, it's still a fascinating, honest portrayal of a special man.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I won't add significantly to what has already been written about these movies. The budgets were not a gazillion dollars - and it shows, but there was some thought and heart that went into the productions - and THAT shows too.
I've watched these movies several times in several different groups, and parts of them ALWAYS get big belly-laughs.
The DVD transfers are quite adequate - High Definition Wide-Screen. I doubt these films could LOOK any better with the source material they had.
Several reviewers remarked about their annoyance on the accompanying documentary that translation is not offered for the comments of Kalahari Bushman star N!xau. I was initially upset too, then I thought - "hey, how about pushing the subtitle button on the remote" - abracadabra!!! N!xau's enlightening words suddenly came with English subtitles!
These films are little gems, and I'm always entertained watching them. Check it out - two films for the price of one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful films for the whole family!
Published 1 day ago by M. Koch
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Very different story and entertaining.
Published 9 days ago by Mary D.
5.0 out of 5 stars We watch the movie every couple of months or so and it's still funny.
This is hilarious! We watch the movie every couple of months or so and it's still funny.
Published 12 days ago by sckron
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious movie
Loved both the movie's growing up. I remember the glass bottle part making me laugh my butt off. So hard to find this funny movie set. Read more
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Published 23 days ago by Gary Scorby
5.0 out of 5 stars These movies are great. I like the second movie even better than ...
These movies are great. I like the second movie even better than the first.
Published 1 month ago by Fala D. Van Marter
4.0 out of 5 stars Other than that I am happy. I bought this as a souvenir rather than...
The only reason I took one star from it is the price. Other than that I am happy. I bought this as a souvenir rather than just any movie.
Published 1 month ago by Uyen Vu
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Bought it and gave it away. Didn't like
Published 1 month ago by Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Thing!
A very good story about a tribe of bushmen in Africa and a empty bottle of coke. Just a mist see. The comedy is so good and I don't think pokes fun at people different to western... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jordyn skye
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Is this in original voice or dubbed over?
this is dubbed.
i don't know where you can find the original cast voices, i'm curious to hear them.
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