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Crazy in Alabama

4.3 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews

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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.

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

Product Details

  • Actors: Lucas Black, Melanie Griffith, Cathy Moriarty, David Morse, Sandra Seacat
  • Directors: Antonio Banderas
  • Producers: Linda Goldstein Knowlton, Debra Hill
  • 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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: March 28, 2000
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767823354
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,725 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crazy in Alabama" on IMDb

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By A Customer on May 26, 2001
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"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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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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It was very hot in Alabama in the summer of 1965. There was relief for white kids in public swimming pools. But when black youngsters tried to climb the fence and reach that alluring water, one lost his life. The cone of silence descended. This film reminds you how dangerous those times were for whites as well, like young Peejoe (Lucas Black), who saw the killing go down, and was stalked and menaced by the killer, the Sheriff (well played by Meat Loaf).

A secondary plot is a vehicle for Melanie Grffith, and almost won her a Worst Actress Award in 1999. Let's not talk about that, except that it gives Rod Steiger the chance to play the best Southern judge I have ever seen on film.

Peejoe blurts out a denunciation of the Sheriff at the climax of the trial. Grim-faced agents from the Justice Department are waiting outside.

This was Antonio Banderas' debut as a director. Lucas Black, all grown up, is most recently seen in NCIS New Orleans (Setember 2014).

The movie ends with the public swimming pool being filled up with cement. And that, dear reader, really happened. I know a National Guard base which met integration the same way.

Those were not days of clear thinking.
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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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I rented the DVD for Crazy in Alabama from Netflix but was frustrated when, part way through, the DVD froze in my Blu-ray player. The disk was damaged. I was liking the film, so I decide to see if it was streaming at Amazon.com Prime. It was for $2.99. I finished the film as a Prime customer and thoroughly enjoyed it. I've been a big fan of Melanie Griffith, and she was great in this movie. Overall, an uplifting way to spend a couple hours. I have had problems with Amazon Prime streaming in the past, mainly voice syncing, but this one played well on my computer. I highly recommend this movie.
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Great read turned into a very enjoyable movie. I assume it was Melanie's Griffith's last starring role and she made the most of it. Her husband's direction was spot on in terms of being in the South at that time. Remarkable for a foreigner.
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This movie deals with two serious social issues, while keeping the tone light and engaging. Melanie Griffith is totally captivating as an abused housewife who sets out to finally free herself of an abusive husband and follow her own dream. The story is told by her nephew, a 14 year old boy who also is a witness to the civil rights struggle of blacks in Alabama, and finds himself joining the tide against racial hatred.This story is a reminder that we must defend ourselves, and also come to the defense of others.
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