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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Comedy Drama
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...
Published on 10 Jan. 2003 by Richard White

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3.0 out of 5 stars good fun
saw it years ago so happy to now own a copy. Funny and a good film to watch when you want cheering up.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Comedy Drama, 10 Jan. 2003
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Richard White "withnail101" (London) - See all my reviews
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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. From here we follow Strange Fruit to their D Day through arguments, reconciliations and laughs.
There is so much to enjoy in this film but the outstanding performance is from Bill Nighy as Ray Simms. Nighy (a highly respected stage actor) is a revelation as Ray and steals the show. He is a vain, ageing, not terribly bright rock has-been who, underneath is ultimately vulnerable and insecure. In the hands of a lesser actor he could be cold and unlikable but in Nighy’s hands we feel for Rays plight and will him to succeed.
Add all of this to a fabulous sound track with some truly great tracks (The best of which are ‘The Flame Still Burns and ‘What Might have Been’) and you have a warm, funny and and toucing film that deals with lost opportunities and hope for the future in a gentle and surprisingly subtle way.
Watch this film and follow the guys on their march back to glory.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius, 16 Sept. 2004
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G. P. Tanner (Nr Bridgwater, Somerset United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant !, 8 May 2004
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Dave Clarke (Herts United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Still Crazy [DVD] [1998] (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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Au Revoir, Love, 21 July 2003
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This review is from: Still Crazy [DVD] [1998] (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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rip-roaring tale of reminiscence, revival...and Rock, 6 July 2006
This review is from: Still Crazy [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Crazy - what a movie, what a soundtrack, 15 July 2012
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For those of us nostalgic types, stuck in a time warp, this is a great movie with an inspiring soundtrack. It's better than the average range of songs that accompany a nostalgia movie, in fact it could stand alone as an album. Jimmy Nail, Stephen Rea, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly and Bill Nighy, excel whilst touring together as rock band Strange Fruit, re-building their set as they improve from gig to gig, and resurrecting their most popular songs for an appreciative audience. At the end of the day, the viewer is left with the comforting impression that 'The Flame Still Burns". Makes you want to watch this movie and hear this soundtrack again and again. Chris C
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome, 9 Aug. 2001
what a awesome film. this film has everything you want in a film including romance, good music, and fantasticly funny. please please buy this film. when some of the songs in this film kick in you steadily feel the goosebumps grow and the hair standing on end. this is fantastic
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as The Commitments, 21 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Still Crazy [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
Made in 1998, the band movie Still Crazy doesn't appear to have been heralded much or be well-known. Hopefully one day it might get the acclaim it deserves.

The story is a familiar one. The Strange Fruits were a 1970s rock band. They never achieved the fame they reckoned they should have got, mainly because their lead singer and only talented member died (in a Little Chef) and the new lead singer turned out to be a pretentious idiot. Artistic differences split the band and they all vowed never to play together again. 20 years later the son of a concert organiser, who is putting together a nostalgic concert of old bands, bumps into the keyboard player and suggests he puts the band back together. Everyone has gone their separate ways, mainly downhill and outside the music business, or is dead. When the survivors meet up a spooky sign from beyond the grave (involving sheep and their song Tequila Mockingbird) encourages them to try again, but it's not long before their initial enthusiasm dies out and all the old arguments that tore them apart resurface. Added to which is the problem that they're all too old to be rock gods again, they weren't that good in the first place, and the practice gigs they land are all in terrible venues. So can these broken-down has-beens who never were anything much in the first place somehow overcome their failings to pull together for one last triumphant performance...?

The slightness of the story doesn't matter as it's not that sort of film. Written by the two giants of realistic British drama / comedy Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, this is a film, like most of their other works, about ordinary blokes bickering, being a cross between their previous The Commitments and Auf Weidershen, Pet. From Pet there's Jimmy Nail and Timothy Spall, both of whom play characters that are the direct opposite to their Pet roles of headcase Oz and lemon Barry. Nail plays the sensitive and sullen guitarist who thought he should have been the lead singer, while Spall plays Beano, the wild man drummer. On the other hand there are some obvious similarities with the reunion series of Pet with the theme of characters getting back together after years apart as well the minor part of the European wife (Ingrid in Still Crazy and Tatiana in Pet) being pretty much the same character. Also in the mix of well-known faces is Bill Nighy (who also appeared in the reunion Pet series) playing the dim-witted lead singer doing his usual off-centre performance where it's hard to tell if he's a terrible actor or a brilliant one. And there's keyboard player Stephen Rea who still pines for ex-groupie Juliet Aubrey, narrator Billy Connolly, and the legendary Bruce Robinson in an appropriately enigmatic cameo.

Most of the film follows them travelling around Holland, playing badly and getting on each other's nerves while delivering the great dialogue and interaction you expect from the people who did The Likely Lads and Porridge. There's plenty of well-judged satire about music and nostalgia from Nighy and his obsession with big hair, platform soles and all the trapping of bad glam rock while Nail encourages a more pared-down musical style. Even the clunky bits such as Juliet Aubrey being too young to play an old groupie, the occasional terrible line like, 'let's bury the past before it buries us.' and Jimmy Nail's singing are excusable in such a good-natured film. Actually I'm joking about the latter as I don't subscribe to the traditional view that Nail was a joke figure in the music business. He along with Bill Nighy sing very well and the original songs get the flavour of 70s rock just right with bombastic guitar solos, pretentious lyrics and the occasional genuinely tuneful rock anthem. But having said that the music is secondary to the main point of the film, which is about friendship, getting old, insecurities, regrets and listing all the bands that are named after body parts (Cockney Rebel gets two points).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding, 11 Feb. 2004
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i must say this film when i first saw it was not to my taste at all but oh way back then i was an inexperienced scamp. but now oh yes this film does apeal to me, i think it was mainly the adult humor that threw me off the first time, but hey this film is great i was in fits of laughter the whole way through. this film deserves full respect as an amazing film. for starters it features timothy spall and jimmy nail if that doesnt reek class i dont know what does great film top notch BUY IT *****
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a riot!, 4 Jan. 2001
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Lots of laughs as a ageing 70's rock band attemot to get back into the business. Essential for fans of Billy Connolly, Auf Wiedersehen Pet or bad taste rock groups!
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