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The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

4.7 out of 5 stars 486 customer reviews

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For five thousand years, things have stayed pretty much the same for Xi and his fellow Bushmen. Then one day, an empty Coke(r) bottle drops magically from the sky, and life goes topsy-turvy in the faceof this generous "gift of the Gods." An international sensation, THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY is one of the most original and thought-provoking comedies ever. Starring a real-life Bushman N!xau, it's a movie that looks at us from the other side - and shows us just how crazy we are!

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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. --Robert Horton

Special Features

  • "Journey to Nyae Nyae" featurette
  • Baraka school photo gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Thys, Nic de Jager, Brian O'Shaughenessy, Anna O'Byrne, Ken Gampu
  • Directors: Jamie Uys
  • Producers: Jamie Uys
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (486 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001Y4LBY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,651 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)" on IMDb

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By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on August 23, 2003
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While the Kalahari Desert looks like a paradise, it's the most treacherous desert in the world, where there is no water for nine of the twelve months of the year. Much of the first twenty or so minutes is spent documentary-style, contrasting the lifestyles between the "pretty, dainty, small, and graceful" Bushmen and "civilized" man. They've adapted to their environment. There's no sense of ownership--what's there to own?--and wood is the hardest thing there. There's also no crime, punishment, violence, laws, police, judges, rules, or bosses. It sounds like a utopia. Compare that with "civilized man", who adapts his environment to suit him, builds power lines to run his labour-saving devices and didn't know where to stop. More improvements mean more complications, which is why all of us are sentenced to twelve years at school to survive in this complex habitat.
So when a Coke bottle tossed from an airplane is found by Xi, a Bushmen, it disrupts their concept of the gods giving them good and useful things, as clearly, there wasn't enough of those given them. Xi, played by real Bushmen (N!xau) sets out to get rid of the bottle.
In Botswana, there's biologist Andrew Steyn who's assigned to pick up Kate Thompson, a reporter who's tired of the rat race in Pretoria and decides to become a teacher in Botswana. Comedic disaster results in two forms. One is Steyn's becoming a complete bumbler around beautiful women, and the blonde Kate is quite a looker. The other involves his driving a land rover, dubbed by his African friend Mpudi as the anti-christ, as there's nothing but trouble with this vehicle. Mpudi's cursing at the rover is funny. Needless to say, calamity results on her first day with him.
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The Gods Must Be Crazy is a delightfully funny movie. It is about an African bushman who discovers an empty Coca Cola bottle that has been thrown from an airplane and the Bushman believes that anything that comes from the sky must be from the Gods. He has no idea what it is or what its purpose is. He eventually starts calling it "the evil thing" when his family wants to use it for themselves and squabbles develop. There are several side stories, as well. This makes you wonder how much "civilization "has improved our lives.

All in all a funny movie. Recommended for the entire Family.

Gunner March, 2008

P.S. Must have been sponsored by Pepsi
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"The Gods Must Be Crazy" may be the most enjoyable movie I have ever seen. It was a low-budget, South African-made production, with actors unknown to most Americans, yet everything about this film is magical. A really unique movie. The dialogue is witty, and the humor is hysterically funny. More than anything, the main characters are extremely likeable. Why is "The Gods Must Be Crazy" not available on VHS or DVD anymore??
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Not only is this movie hilarious, it is an excellent illustration of why it is SO IMPORTANT to always be ready and willing to delay, or even suspend judgement, especially when viewing something that seems strange or unusual. That it is so easy to misinterpret what we see, and act from our assessments in ways that stifle, injure, even crush, what is (or might be) beautiful, innocent, joyful. The story centers on a Kalahari bushman who is on a journey to the edge of the earth where he hopes to return an item that he believes belongs to the Gods. The sweetness, gentleness, and innocence of this bushman acts as a litmus test of the current state of 'civilized' humankind -- a test that is failed by all but those who possess the kind of heart and spirit that tends to not fit well into society.
We see in this simple man the simple pleasure that we all seek. A reminder of what we were taught to forget. A reminder of how little real life exists in modern life, and how much is missing from the structres that exist in that life.
For those willing to look, the reward surpasses all the fame and riches of the world.
I was crushed when I saw that this movie is out of print -- BRING IT BACK, the world needs it!!!
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I saw this movie about 10 years ago on HBO. We taped it butwatched it so much the tape broke. Now I want to buy it for my videocollection but to my dismay, no one has it. Even the internet says it's out of print. For the life of me I don't see why some enterprising person in the movie business has not re-released this film. They would make my day and a lot of money. Most of the films released today have little to no social value and are certainly not films you want your kids or grandkids to see. PLEASE BRING THIS MOVIE BACK!!!
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The Gods Must Be Crazy is one of the funniest movies of all time. It is so utterly unlike other movies: for one thing, it takes humor to the African bush, but this isn't slap-stick fare. It's a story of perseverance and dedication on a journey to the end of the world -- along with all the strange and funny things that happen in everyday life. In Africa.
This is definitely a must-see for everyone, any age, any time.
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