Crazy People (1990)


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Dudley Moore stars as Emory Lesson, an advertising genius whose finds himself committed to an insane asylum in Tony Bill's Crazy People. Emory becomes tired with creating phony ad campaigns and decides to create his own campaigns that tell the brutal truth. Since sex sells, Emory designs an explicit ad campaign consisting of unadorned sexuality. The campaign is so offensive that his colleagues have Emory put in a mental institution. At first Emory resists, but under the tutelage of a concerned … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mitch Markowitz
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On DVD: Jul 6, 2004
Paramount Home Video


as Emory Leeson

as Kathy Burgess

as Stephen Bachman

as Dr. Liz Baylor

as Charles F. Drucker

as Dr. Horace Koch

as Mort Powell

as Judge

as George Cartelli

as Bruce Concannon

as Manuel Robles

as Eddie Avis

as Adam Burgess

as Mark Olander

as Himself

as Stephen's Secretary

as William Holden

as Very Large Man

as Heavy Woman

as Heavy Man

as Heavy Daughter

as Operator #1

as Pharmacist

as TV Anchor

as Connie Vega-Margolis

as Outraged Movie Patro...

as Executive #1

as Executive #2

as Eric the Orderly

as Continental Express ...

as Hit and Run Victim

as Utility Nut

as Rig Driver

as Mr. Yamashita

as Yamashita's Aide

as Montesque

as Senior Executive Mat...
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Critic Reviews for Crazy People

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | April 11, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Crazy People


It might have been released in 1990 but the script was definitely written in the 80s.

I'm fond of Daryl Hannah but now I have to wonder if I've inflated her acting skills in my mind. She came off as petulant instead of neurotic.

I've never been a huge Dudley Moore fan but I've liked things he's done. This felt like a phone in job for him.

It really felt like the leads were all thoroughly bored and distracted. They'd 'wake up' and realize it was their line and deliver it and then zone off again.

It was mildly amusing to see Paul Reiser playing a similiar character to the corp hack in Aliens.

The only thing I would recommend this movie for would be the funny "honest advertising" campaigns that the movie's plot centers around.

Daryl Hannah: 1 star
Daryl acting badly: -.5 star
Funny ads: 1 star
It's an 80s movie and I love the 80s: 2 stars
It's a dated 80s movie that fails to enchant: -1 star.
Summary: 2.5 stars

Megan Dodson

Dudley Moore finds out that crazy people write better ad copy than sane people. Sort of condescending.

Madeline Schulman

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