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The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)


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Kalahari bushman Xi (played by genuine bushman N!xau) is as surprised as the rest of his tibe when a Coke bottle, thrown from a passing plane, lands in the middle of their village. This "gift from the gods" proves to be a mixed blessing when the tribesmen fight over it and eventually use it for a weapon. To keep peace in the village, Xi is assigned to take the bottle to "the end of the earth" (actually a lush valley) and throw it back to the gods. Meanwhile, back in urbanized South Africa, Kate


Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy

Jamie Uys

Jun 1, 2004

20th Century Fox Film Corporat

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (1) | DVD (5)

The comedy has a Keystone Cops feel and the film is also occasionally touching. These kinds of silly movies just aren't made anymore and that's too bad.

May 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Charming family film makes you think; expect some shooting.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A funny comedy, done is slapstick style, about a single but origianl idea of how a bottle of Coke changes the entire lifestle of a tribe.

June 25, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Sleeper that became a huge hit; all about the discovery of a soft drink container by a bushman. Funny, fascinating.

March 14, 2009

delightfully entertaining

November 8, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

There's an earnest sincerity to the messages offered within, plus the presentation is colorful and exotic and quite funny throughout.

May 17, 2004 Full Review Source:

It's not hard to understand why the film was such a worldwide sensation...

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

an offbeat movie that is also brilliant

February 8, 2004 Full Review Source:

A slapstick comedy that really works!

July 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Whimsical mix of African folk tale and slapstick comedy

May 15, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

There's Uys' penchant for very broad Jerry Lewis-like slapstick, and your enjoyment of that depends entirely on your penchant for said slapstick.

May 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

You'd have to be crazy not to be charmed by this movie - grab a coke and a smile.

August 9, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Gods Must Be Crazy

Fast-paced, bizarre '80s comedy is ridiculously funny, if politically incorrect. Much of it seems like South Africa's equivalent to Monty Python, especially the narration, which is a subtle reminder to all Python fans of the tree-bombing skit in AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

Though this film was extremely funny, I must speak against its overall message. Even though it was made in South Africa and Botswana, the film seems to be promoting the idea that African tribes are clueless of their surroundings, some of which Western civilizations find to be obvious and a staple to their own lives (like a Coke bottle).

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November 19, 2011

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Very funny if a little far-fetched. Full review later.
November 16, 2011
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

This is very funny Movie.
December 19, 2009
Wahida K

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No other film I ever saw has been able to show, so well, that "civilized" man lives in TOO COMPLEX A WORLD.. the bushmen have it ok.. technology is not needed, al these SURPLUS HUMANS THAT COVER THE GLOBE ARE NOT NEEDED! ABANDON YOUR TECHNOLOGY! ABANDON AGRICULTURE!! Ok, well i'm not abandoning these things either; I've grown so attached to my films, photography, reading, etc.

The technical aspects of this film may at first bother you, when I first saw this film about 5 years ago, I knew then that the editing was a bit sloppy, or.. maybe not sloppy, but not seamless, how about.. but it doesn't matter - what matters foremost is that the idea, the communication GETS ACROSS.. it does. I may have "the message" of this film all wrong but that's ok, because it's up to me to have my own interpretation! it doesn't have to be the same as yours. what a wonderful life the bushmen have; they don't have to worry about being old, insurance, paperwork, jobs, bills, phones, electricity, car keys, etc. - granted, their life would NOT be for everyone but most people on this planet don't have it easy; in fact, few do, and I suspect that they are not "happy" or "fulfilled" and I don't care.. I'm not going to cry over the plight of any humans whose purpose for existing was/is largely an afterthought.. think about why, before you make more people.. think about the facts that they may never like you, that they may want to die at 16 years of age, that they might want to join an organization that harbors beliefs which conflict utterly with yours, that they might want to be an anti-humanity activist (contact me if the latter is the case with YOU, and I will tell you how you can help me with my propaganda)

The bushmen are PART OF SOMETHING, they have a way of living that works for them, and that's something ALL "civilized" "societies" NEVER DEVELOPED, and now it's rapidly becoming too late - populations are swelling, "resources" are being taxed, some to the point of nonexistence (or soon anyway)..

Personally, I'd rather be in a situation like the bushmen. I don't feel any need to live to see 50, 60, 70 years of age.. Why? What's the point? So one can procreate? And see their offspring procreate? On this planet? With what it's becoming, and the people that are responsible? No. no reason I can see to contribute to a population which is already way, way out of hand.

Right.. there is a story in The Gods Must Be Crazy, and I must really like it, too, as I can't count how many times i've seen the film.. it may be that some of the story was simply a device which would allow the filmmaker's preoccupations to be spread around, maybe not. again, this is my possible interpretation, which is neither right or wrong, necessarily. make your own conclusions; I urge you to see this film. if the technical aspects are too much for you to handle, then go watch some drivel like Pearl Harbor, I'm quite sure Ben Affleck has the answer to all your little problems.

In fact - this movie may have NO MESSAGE, but I think it has many. and this is something I like, is that there isn't ONE MESSAGE FORCED ON ME, which is the case with so, so, many excuses-for-films i've witnessed.. of course, a closing reminder that GOOD movies and BAD movies truly do not exist - rather, there are only films, and YOUR TAKE ON THEM. keep all that in mind.

November 15, 2009

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