• PG-13, 1 hr. 53 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Antonio Banderas
    In Theaters:
    Oct 22, 1999 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 28, 2000
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Crazy in Alabama Reviews

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deano
deano

Super Reviewer

June 19, 2007
Amazing comic tale about racism, freedom, spousal abuse, and personal growth.
sanjurosamurai
sanjurosamurai

Super Reviewer

January 25, 2007
crazy is right
Leigh R

Super Reviewer

November 7, 2006
Weird but okay.
Marcus W

Super Reviewer

December 20, 2007
This is technically a "coming-of-age" film, but it has a kookiness to it that's irresistible. It deals with 60's racism without being heavy-handed - while also being a road-trip movie. It's completely odd and completely unique. Antonio Banderas should consider directing more often.
June 4, 2009
If you don't mind watching a crazy women carrying around her dead husbands head in tupperwear, it's great. Not to mention the fact that Meatloaf is in it.
October 1, 2008
I've loved this movie for years, and it's definitely one of my favorites! Every actor gives a stellar performance. A fictional story with a relatable background, set against the real Civil Rights Movement backdrop in the South. This movie is so powerful. There are funny parts, sad parts, but the whole thing is moving and uplifting and I absolutely recommend it with all my heart!
September 27, 2008
crazy in alabama reminds me of how much racism is still very much alive in the world....now in 1965, all the negro childrens wanted was to swim in the public pool and it cost one of them their lives...taylor jackson, a black child died because a redneck racist cop pulled taylor down so hard onto the pavement that it killed him dead....and then on top of that the racist white cop tried to say that it was an accident, but one white boy peejo saw everything and told it.....and also this movie was about how one lady lucille killed her husband and decapitate his head from his body and carried around with her everywhere, even on the set with her while she acted in california...her husband was very abusive and mean to her and her their kids...she got fed up and killed him....then she skipped town and she was free for a little while until she was captured....I guess that crazy in alabama is the correct name for this movie.....crazy people with crazy way of thinking...some people are still stuck in the dark ages....and they need to wake up...make up...stop hating...before it's too late....before they meet their maker...God....get their hearts right.....here are a few quotes that i really liked from this movie.......you can bear freedom, but you can't kill it....taylor jackson died for freedom and aunt lucille had to kill to get it...life and death are only temporary but freedom goes on forever....and that is so true....a very good movie indeed...there are some good people in this world....a few bad apples can't spoil it for the rest....had a good ending too....also that racist cop got arrested too......
farrahforfilm
April 29, 2008
I loved this movie.Loved Melanie Griffith as Lucille.One of her best performances other than working girl.Lucas Black was just wonderful as P Joe.These two characters rise above adversity and find freedom.Freedom lasts forever.
peachygreek6
July 28, 2007
This was a terrible movie. I just hated it. Melanie Griffith cannot play a southern woman. She is just not believable doing the accent.
July 12, 2014
Actually a lot better than I remembered it being. Griffith is a hoot.
June 30, 2014
Although I knew that Melanie Griffith was not the best actress, as Crazy in Alabama was directed by Antonio Banderas, I figured it was worth a shot.

Crazy in Alabama is a problem because of its story. It simultaneously comes back and forth between two stories, one which is seriously dramatic in dealing with issues about coming of age and racism while the other is a comedy about a woman trying to make it in Hollywood after running away from the husband that she murdered. The reason that so many critics feel that Crazy in Alabama does not fully come together is because it never does. It is essentially two films: a comedy and a drama drastically mashed together into the one film which is pretty senseless. Both stories have potential, but they would work better as standalone projects. The fact that Crazy in Alabama is so constantly flipping back and forth between a serious drama and a lighthearted comedy is ridiculous. Crazy in Alabama is built mainly on a lot of tonal shifts, and it makes the experience shaky, degrading the hard nature of the drama while also making the comedy sink beneath a film which takes itself way too seriously. The two stories seriously damaged the potential of Crazy in Alabama because it made it difficult for me to laugh at one story or find the other compelling. The two stories have pretty much nothing to do with each other, and so what the actual point of them was seems very weird to me. In short, Crazy in Alabama succeeds neither as a decent comedy or a drama because each story lays down a negative effect on the other, and while the film had a greater chance of being a decent comedy, the drama just dragged it down and made the experience poor.
The fact is that neither of the stories in Crazy in Alabama are really interesting because the dramatic story about racism and a corrupt sheriff does not capitalise on its potential and ends up generic and bereft of much entertainment value whereas the comedic storyline does not go for many laughs due to being short on jokes. Both stories serve as a front for some good acting and nice scenery, but the fact is that filmmaking requires something for people to build off. The scenery and acting in the film build off of nothing, and if viewers do indeed find Crazy in Alabama to be a good film it is merely because they have distracted viewers from the fact that at heart, this film is poor. It boils down to the screenplay by Mark Childress as adapted from his own novel. Mark Childress wants the film to be both a serious drama and a comedic vehicle for Melanie Griffith, but he fails to find the balance to make it work and so it doesn't end up supplying all that much to Antonio Banderas for his directional debut.
Antonio Banderas does what he can, and luckily enough in the end he ends up showing promise as a film director by revealing an eye for style in filmmaking. He captures a lot of beautiful scenery in the film which makes it feel genuine and gives viewers a loose sense of the timeframe, and he does it with innovative cinematography techniques. He is constantly trying out new angles and editing at a gentle pace which gives the film a good visual style and captures everything well. And against the backdrop of a nice and gentle musical score, Crazy in Alabama just feels right.
And the cast have no trouble in the film.
You can tell that the Golden Raspberry Awards really have it out for Melanie Griffith because she got nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for her leading role in Crazy in Alabama. In actual fact, she is the best element of the film. While her performance is not perfect, her leading role gives her the opportunity to charm audiences with her natural flair which is exactly what she achieves. She manages to establish the character as a sympathetic and likable figure even though she is a killer, and she manages to maintain her natural charm for the entirety of the film. She delivers her lines with a certain giddy energy without going over the top, and she constantly keeps the emotions of her character in tact well. Melanie Griffith's charming lead performance in Crazy in Alabama capitalises on what she is truly about as an actress, and so she carries the film on her shoulders much of the time and should be able to entertain her fans well in one of the best performances she has given in years.
Lucas Black is also great in Crazy in Alabama. As he has to carry the dramatic storyline on his shoulders, he is required to put a lot of dedication into the role. And without trouble, that is exactly what he does. Lucas Black injects a lot of solid youthful charisma into his part by delivering his lines with real passion for the part. He takes the material very seriously and single handily attempts to convey the emotional impact of the drama in the film to audiences. Lucas Black's performance is stronger in dramatic credibility than the story itself, and it shows a lot of talent from the young actor and boosts the credibility of the film.
Robert Wagner also supplies a decent supporting performance, and Cathy Moriarty adds a nice touch to the film with her small part in Crazy in Alabama.

Yet despite a talented cast led by an enjoyable performance from Melanie Griffith as well as stylish direction from Antonio Banderas, Crazy in Alabama is a film which cannot decide what to do with itself and bounces back and forth between melodrama and comedy without being strong or funny enough to succeed as either, and instead it ends up as a dull film with a weak and uncompelling story along with a terrible structure.
August 6, 2013
The two or three different stories going on here are moderately interesting on their own, though they never mesh quite well enough crammed into this one piece.
February 20, 2013
Horrible movie from horrible book. There's nothing 'free spirited' about this. It appears most people agree. Trash.
January 23, 2013
The two plots don't gel, and despite a good performance by Griffith and an amusing eccentric style, it seems quite shallow and disconnected.
September 5, 2012
Uniformly excellent cast, headed by Griffith and directed with a kind-of sentimental toughness by Banderas make for a terrific film, from what I saw. I only caught it on television when it was well into the story, so now I have to see it from the beginning. Really looking forward to it and will find the book, too.
Vik Garre
May 6, 2012
Very good film, Antonio Banderas really impressed me with this film.
A serious film about racism with cute kids facing discrimination and a really crazy Melanie Griffith, lovingly directed by a admirer Banderas, that gives the film the funny moments turning it to a comedy.
Antonio Banderas knows exactly what he wants in this film, he wants the viewer to worry about racism, but he also wants to entertain. And so, you will have bad anguishing moments and funny moments too.
When Melanie Griffith is on screen you realize how much Antonio Banderas loves her, she is directed with admiration and devotion. Almost a tribute to her.
Very different to the typical spanish films, I like it.
April 29, 2011
Very under-rated movie. Melanie Griffith is not my favorite actress because she is a little flaky but the story is awesome. Loved the movie
NeverSayNo2AMovie
July 12, 2010
HEADS UP: Not what I thought at all very good movie well some parts anyway..
Barry S.
December 20, 2008
I just finished watching "Crazy in Alabama" and can say it was one of the better movies I've seen recently. It was made in 1999 and after having looked through the reviews for this older movie, I can honestly say that many movie critics couldn't spot an excellent movie if it was spelled out for them. Thus the confusion in their reviews. The negative critics of this film just don't get it.

This flick is not incoherent. It is not whatever their criticism of it says. It is a skillfully woven story of Melanie Griffith's character Lucille with that of Peejoe her nephew set against the background of the civil rights movement of the sixties. The acting was right on. The pacing was excellent.

"Freedom is eternal," the ending line said it all.

Critics should focus more on the overall entertainment value of a movie. This one is a gem.
marie r.
November 27, 2008
I loved the dark humor in this film juxtaposed against the politics of the period; it brought to light the absurdity of racism and inequality for women during the 1950's. It is a quirky yet intellectual expose' of the times. Melanie Griffith's performance is outstanding; she pulls you into her character, gripping your emotions every step of the way. Lucas Black is intense and convincing in his innocent, idealist view of the world. Rod Steiger gives a stunning performance with a witty voice of sanity in an insane time.
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