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Still Crazy [DVD]

Stephen Rea , Billy Connolly , Brian Gibson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephen Rea, Billy Connolly, Jimmy Nail, Timothy Spall, Bill Nighy
  • Directors: Brian Gibson
  • Producers: Amanda Marmot
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042QWWP4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,505 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 humour 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

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Rock band Strange Fruit split up in 1977 after a disastrous concert performance, but twenty-one years later keyboardist Tony (Stephen Rea) is asked to reform the group for a reunion gig. He manages to trace bassist Les (Jimmy Nail), drummer Beano (Timothy Spall), singer Ray (Bill Nighy) and manager Karen (Juliet Aubrey). Guitarist Brian (Bruce Robinson) cannot be found, however, but the group decide to tour without him. Complete with their old roadie, Hughie (Billy Connolly), they set off on a warm-up tour, but it isn't long before the old rivalries come bubbling to the surface.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Comedy Drama 10 Jan 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Still Crazy- Perfect Comedy Drama
Still Crazy follows the fortunes of a 70s rock group that reforms in 1999 to ‘surf the nostalgia wave’ and attempt to bury their acrimonious past and fulfil their previously unrealised potential.
The band are called Strange Fruit and consist of a clichéd bunch of has-beens that are all scarred by their painful, drug addled break up in the late 70’s.
This could have been a bad film or just an average film with its standard formula but it turns out to be a great film and one that I think may achieve cult status as its popularity grows in the slowburning way that ‘Withnail and I’ and ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ did.
The Script is by veterans Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and, as you would expect from the writers of ‘The Likely Lads’ is faultless. It has great dialogue and great gags and a real warmth and depth.
The cast is also faultless and the acting superb.
Stephen Rea is Tony the keyboard player who, having fallen on hard times sets out to reform the group. He enlists the help of Karen (Juliet Aubrey) who was the young, love struck groupie that looked after the bands damaged talent during their short heyday and decides against her better judgement to go for glory once more.
Together they set out to see the other former members, Les Wicks (Jimmy Nail) the Bass player, Beano (Timothy Spall) the drummer and Ray Simms (Bill Nighy) the lead singer and Hughie the roadie (Billy Connolly) to persuade them to reform the group.
Soon the guys hit the road for stardom and as you would expect the old wounds soon open and the atmosphere of anticipation is replaced by one of resentment and bitterness.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius 16 Sep 2004
Format:DVD
This film brilliantly captures the spirit of the (British) mid 1970s. It charts the return of the Prodrock band "Strange Fruit" with a subplot involving the unknown fate of the missing Peter Greenesque former leader. Superbly acted, scripted and produced, extraordinarily it includes some brilliant in-period new music. Nostalgic, poignant, hilarious. Hitch a ride back to the 70s. Don't miss this astonishing film.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant ! 8 May 2004
Format:DVD
This is one of my all time favourite films. I've bought it and watched many times and never tire of it. The music is amazing! Two tracks (All Over The World and The Flame Still Burns) are worth the price of the DVD in their own right. Incredibly funny, yet on occasions extremely moving.
Whatever you do buy or rent this film. You won't regret it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Au Revoir, Love 21 July 2003
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Format:DVD
Fans of 'Auf Wiedersehen, Pet' will love this film. Not only does it star Jimmy Nail and Timothy Spall (and Bill Nighy who featured in the most recent series) it was also written by Ian la Frenais and Dick Clement.
The narrative follows 70's rock band 'Strange Fruit' making a comeback after disbanding 20 years previously, on, as you could describe, not the most cordial of terms. The keyboard player, (portrayed by Stephen Rea) comes up with the idea after bumping into the son of the promoter of an old rock festival (during which the band originally parted company) wishing them to perform at such a rock festival once more. After many a trial and tribulation, they eventually manage to make a successful return.
This film makes for very entertaining viewing. It is both humourous, heart warming and accompained by an excellent soundtrack, many songs of which were performed by the actors themselves.
I recommend this film to anyone with a love of British films, British humour and "all that 70's excess".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm an American, and I LOVED it! 16 Jun 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This film doesn't cheat. It shows a group of tired, older men who have never quite forgotten their glory days as a glam rock group. You see them as they were when they were younger (played by different actors in the flashbacks, of course), and the breakup of the group. One amazing scene shows Ray (Bill Nighy), standing to make a speech at his daughter's wedding. As this hesitant, stammering man tries to make an effective speech, cuts of him when he was younger and beautiful, on stage with the wind blowing in his hair, are interspersed. It really makes you feel the passage of time in this man's life.
Bill Nighy (Ray) and Jimmy Nail (Lez) perform their own vocals, incredibly. That's just one of the surprises in the film. The acting is impeccable, including Diana Rigg's daughter in her film debut as Clare. Bruce Robinson, better known these days as a writer/director, gives what may be the film's best performance - and if you want to know which character he plays, you'll have to see the movie! I watched it over and over before I had to return it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Few comedy films do better than make me cringe at the cliches, but this is one that performs.

It's extremely British in film making style and has an exceptionally strong cast, using Jimmy Nail, Bill Nighy and Timothy Spall to their best. There's plenty of Rock n' Roll cliches about the revival of this 70s glam-rock band, but it's not limited to them; there's sadness, loss and some real sparks about the friendships.

But in the end it is a great comedy, and the characters, storyline and events make it damn good. It does stand up to watching again, and I'm reminded of it when I see 'real' bands go through their revivals.

I was suprised that it wasn't higher profile at the cinema and as it made the step on to DVD/VHS, because this level of quality in the comedy section is woefully scarce.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT DVD
Published 7 days ago by Richard Thorne
5.0 out of 5 stars The fun begins when Tony Costello - with the help of ...
'I hope you guys are still crazy or I'm outa here'. So says road-dog Hughie (Billy Connolly) as he appears to resume his role as roadie for Strange Fruit, the band who so nearly... Read more
Published 17 days ago by NB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent
Published 18 days ago by Chris Edmonds
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film about re-grouping an aging rock band
Brilliant film about re-grouping an aging rock band. All actors very good, but bill nighy portraying the lead singer with all his hangups very good and sad at times.
Published 1 month ago by Meryl
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Crazy
Arrived on time and in good packaging. Cast is great so knew the film would be too. Very funny and good music too. Really enjoyed this film.
Published 2 months ago by EAP of B
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and entertaining
Following the fortunes of a reformed 70s rock band, this entertaining film is brilliantly scripted, well acted and keeps you watching. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Crimperman
5.0 out of 5 stars Just amazing...
This is one of my favourite films ever... amazing songs, a total feel good movie,if you like 70's rock then you will love this too :)
Published 5 months ago by l parks
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites
One of my fav films, I have seen it so many times my old disc was scratched and needed replacing. My boyfriend watched this for the first time and thought it was brilliant. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lady Ceinwyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
Every scene in this marvelous rock-band comedy is a gem. Quite moving at times, and with a clever plot-changing twist about two-thirds of the way through. Read more
Published 7 months ago by 'Fountain Pen'
5.0 out of 5 stars but why can't i buy it?
People keep telling me how wonderful this movie is. There is a price of 6.26 (curious price point) for the item, yet it is out of stock. I'm waiting and waiting. Read more
Published 11 months ago by WHITLAM
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