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on 2 October 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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on 10 August 2000
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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on 14 June 2002
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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on 27 September 2006
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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VINE VOICEon 20 April 2016
Skip and Harry get a job dressed as woodpeckers to promote a bank. On their lunch break their costumes get stolen and the bank gets robbed and they both get sent to jail for the crime. Surprisingly directed by Sidney Poitier, this is the 2nd of 4 films that Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor did together. An absolutely nutty and hilarious comedy, this sees Wilder and Pryor do a great double act as probably the two unluckiest men in America as they fight to survive in a corrupt American jail. Surprising that Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor only did 4 films together due to their great chemistry together but this is one of the great American comedy films.
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on 11 August 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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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 18 December 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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 November 2011
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. Yes it's a roll call of prison stereotypes, from the top where the morally dubious Warden (Barry Corbin) sits, down to the cons where gays, bullies and gate happy loonies reside. With that, some of it now seems twee and badly out of date. So much so it's a film that is unlikely to garner a new and appreciative audience. However, those who were enamoured and found themselves laughing heartily with it back in the early 80s, should find that like myself, it holds up real well. Kind of like an old friend you call on when you need a pick me up. Hardly a superior comedy classic, then, but a film that rewards its fans on each subsequent revisit. 7/10
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on 6 February 2014
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 compare/contrast and endlessly debate over. All their early films are sublime. Great scripts, amazing comedic performances and madcap zany comedy action.'Nuff Said.
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on 27 January 2014
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 sound quality being very good. Definitely worth it.
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