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Stir Crazy [DVD]

Gene Wilder , Richard Pryor , Sidney Poitier    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, George Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson
  • Directors: Sidney Poitier
  • Producers: Hannah Weinstein
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jun 2009
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001Q94TMY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,757 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Sidney Poitier directed (sadly without much distinction) this 1980 comedy teaming Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor as New York knuckleheads who try their luck in California and are accused of robbing a bank. Most of the laughs concern their survival strategies in prison (at one point, Wilder decides to "reach out and talk" to some hulking murderer) and their plans to escape. Both performers are so brilliant in any situation that they give this film plenty of funny moments (one or two of which became instantly classic), but this is not exactly a film for the ages. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

Long-time losers Skip Donahue (Gene Wilder) and Harry Monroe (Richard Pryor) are hired to wear woodpecker costumes to help promote a bank's opening, only to be wrongfully imprisoned when a pair of criminals, wearing identical outfits, rob the bank. Their claims of innocence ignored, Skip and Harry are forced to adapt to prison life, and end up being persuaded to ride for the Warden in the local rodeo show. Directed by Sidney Poitier.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Comedy Classic 2 Oct 2002
This really is a fantastic film- Wilder and Pryor at the comedic best. The film is one of those rare gems which gets better every time you watch it. It's full of eminently quotable lines and is definitely one to watch wih the lads.
To say more would be pointless- you can't get a flavour of this film until you watch it. Suffice to say that this is the best film either Wilder or Pryor ever made, either together or separately.
Buy it now!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Stir Crazy" What a cracker. 10 Aug 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of the funniest movies ever, classic comedy with Pryor and Wilder at their best. This films is a barrel of laughs, and it contains the best dialogue ever. At this cheap price, if you have not seen it, you must buy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a great classic 27 Sep 2006
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Stir Crazy is a 1980 film directed by sidney poitier which stars the late great richard pryor and the wacky gene wilder as two down on their luck mishaps who are wrongly accused of bank robbery and sent to a whopping 125 years each in a prison.

The film is mad in style and clearly very funny,the on screen chemistry between the two leading actors is again immaculate and they both bring their strengths to the table.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely funny 14 Jun 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This really is comedy at its best.
Two friends are fired from their jobs in New York and decide to travel across the country to a place with more beaches and beautiful women. On the way they take various jobs until they are framed and found guilty of a bank job.
They are then sentenced to 120 years imprisonment and the fun then starts.
Watch this film if you enjoy a good comedy, it really will make you laugh and the ending will leave you extremely satisfied.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The magic of Pryor and Wilder 18 Dec 2007
Stir Crazy is the best of the Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor movies. Having recently re-watched it I had forgotten just how funny it was. There are a number of brilliantly realised scenes, particularly in the prison, which for those who remember it from years ago will bring back very happy memories and for the younger generation will introduce you to the best movie comedy double act of the 1970's and 1980's. The highlight of the film is undoubtably Skip (Wilder) and Harry (Pryor) being led to their cell in the prison. Both are acting tough, cool and way over the top and both are hilarious.

Interestingly the two main stars were poles apart in their approach to comedy. Richard Pryor was (sadly deceased in 2005) primarily a brilliant stand-up comedian, whereas Gene Wilder is a brilliant comic actor. The combination of the two reached its peak with this sparkling comedy. The film is directed by Sidney Poiter, and aside from the scenes after the prison, where the film loses some momentum and the level of humour drops a notch, this is a film you can watch repeatedly because of the two brilliant lead performances.

In reality if you removed the two lead actors there really isn't much of a film left, hence I can't give it five stars, but because of the special chemistry that Pryor and Wilder had it certainly deserves 4 stars.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Comedy 11 Aug 2004
This is one of my all time favourites and is one of the biggest reasons I became a fan of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. They are certainly on top form. The style of humour is timeless and it's really great to sit down and watch this with my kids knowing that it's all good clean fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Stir Crazy is directed by Sidney Poitier and written by Bruce Jay Friedman. It stars Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Miguel Angel Suarez, Georg Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams and Erland Van Lidth. Plot has Pryor and Wilder as two care free New York buddies who after getting fired from their jobs decide to make their way to Hollywood in search of better fortunes. However, after taking up a gig as promotional woodpeckers for a bank's advertisement drive, they find themselves framed for robbing the bank and sentenced to 125 years each in prison.....

The second pairing of Wilder and Pryor proves to be the best of their output on film. With their chemistry skin tight, film is full of laughs until a big slow down for the last third when the inevitable attempt at a prison break out occurs. Poitier's direction isn't up to anything other than correctly letting his two lead stars strut their stuff. But along with writer Friedman, he has to be accountable for letting the comedy dry up as the film chooses tension over humour which undoubtedly doesn't sit at all right. Still, the first hour is a joy ride, particularly once the guys land in prison, here the comedy reaches its peak and the contrast of the two characters played by Wilder and Pryor really mines the set-up for all is worth. Wilder is oblivious to the hazards of prison life, Pryor is street savvy and fully aware of the perils around every brick walled corner.

Naturally there's a hope on the horizon, which here comes in the form of Rodeo skills, this too brings the laughs, as does the number of prison characters that join in the plot. Notably Van Lidth's monstrous, and monstrously funny, Grossberger.
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5.0 out of 5 stars when comedy ruled 16 Mar 2011
2 of the best actors of their time in a film that will never get old, an absolute classic, 10/10
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant quality
Brilliant quality. Fast delivery. Freshly packed and sealed. Love this movie so much even though seconds handed would Recommended totally
Published 26 days ago by Ms. L. Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film
fast service and great film. Also in great condition love this film it is so very funny. would recommend it
Published 4 months ago by christine harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh A Moment Comedy Classic.
Watched this great comedy over-multiple times - still makes me laugh out Loud moments. The combination of the brilliant Wilder/Pryor duo has to this very day very had to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by ziggystardust48
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant comedy
This is one of the best comedies I have ever seen and just had to buy it. Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder were excellent and the film on the DVD was excellent with the picture and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by BTTF
3.0 out of 5 stars Still Good but a bit dated...
Bought this remembering how much I enjoyed it back in the day. Still funny but showing its age a bit, however still worth a watch...
Published 6 months ago by Charlie Peake
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story line for a comedy.
Excellent DVD, which is very relaxing to watch with comedy most of the way through, with an excellent story line.
Published 8 months ago by DERRICK G PROSSER
5.0 out of 5 stars lol
a great classic film, responsibly priced looked for it every where in the shops couldn't get it then it arrived the next day after ordering thank you
Published 10 months ago by lynn mcnichol
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I love this film as with every Gene Wilder and Richard Prior Movie, it is a film to watch over and over again - very funny indeed.
Published 10 months ago by Susan Parry
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic
I remember seeing this film many years ago and it was as funny today. My teenage kids couldn't stop laughing!
Published 10 months ago by Duncan Spence
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
So funny. Classic comedy well received by teenage boys. You can't go wrong with Gene Wilder and Richard Prior. Good quality and value.
Published 13 months ago by Mrs R
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