Crazy in Alabama (1999)



Critic Consensus: Melanie Griffith gets kudos for her performance, but the movie just doesn't seem to come together.

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Comedy and drama take turns in this period piece based on a novel by Mark Childress. Peejoe (Lucas Black), short for Peter Joseph, lives in a small Alabama town in 1965, at the height of the Civil Rights movement. He becomes involved with a group of black students protesting the town's racially segregated municipal swimming pool, leading to a protest that explodes into deadly violence. But Peejoe has gotten a crash course in standing your ground and following your own path from his free-spirited Aunt Lucille (Melanie Griffith), who has killed her abusive husband and is headed for Hollywood, where she's convinced that television stardom awaits her. Crazy in Alabama marked the directorial debut of actor Antonio Banderas; his supporting cast includes Cathy Moriarty, Elizabeth Perkins, Rod Steiger, Fannie Flagg, and Meat Loaf Aday.
PG-13 (for some violence, thematic material, language and a scene of sensuality)
Comedy , Drama
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Elizabeth Perkins
as Joan Blake
Lucas Black
as Peejoe
Rod Steiger
as Judge Mead
Paul Mazursky
as Walter
Cathy Moriarty
as Earlene
Meat Loaf
as Sheriff John Doggett
Tracy Griffith
as Samantha's Stand-In
Marva Wright
as Singer at Pool
Noah Emmerich
as Sheriff Raymond
John Beasley
as Nehemiah
Michael Arata
as Photographer
Tony Amendola
as Casino Boss
Tom McCleister
as Croupier
John Fleck
as Jake
Brad Beyer
as Jack
Linda Hart
as Madelyn
Sandra Seacat
as Meemaw
Charlie Dell
as Darrin's Stand-In
Jim Antonio
as Dr. Ward
Kirk Fox
as Patrolman
Oliver Clark
as Endora's Stand-In
Madison Mason
as Alexander Powell
David Speck
as Wiley
Lance Spellerberg
as Interviewer
Amanda Aday
as Assistant at `Bewitched'
Marion Zinser
as Saleswoman
Mark W. Johnson
as Pool Manager
Lia Chapman
as Woman on Phone
Jack Stephens
as Conventioneer
Louis Miller
as Taylor Jackson
Thurn Hoffman
as Bellhop Ted
Philip Carter
as Deputy Tyrone
Wayne Ferrara
as Reporter
Carl Le Blanc III
as David Jackson
J.R. Dyer
as Gambling Man
Milly Ericson
as Cashier
Barbara Tasker
as Organizer
Sidney J. Lodrigue
as Heckler on Balcony
Urisino Frank Lourino
as Heckler on Balcony
Don Thomas
as Reporter
Dane Le Blanc
as Marlon
Jess Bryan
as Cary
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Critic Reviews for Crazy in Alabama

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (22)

Mr. Banderas fills his movie with lots of overbearingly stylized imagery. The results are something like a big-budget student film.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Despite some rough intertwining, Crazy is an impressive directing debut from Banderas.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Because the civil rights sections are somber and serious and the Lucille sections exaggerated and giddy, Crazy in Alabama never finds any cohesive tone.

December 31, 1999
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Unusual for a movie directed by an actor, a lot of the supporting performances in Crazy in Alabama are downright bad.

December 31, 1999
Miami Herald
Top Critic

It's troubling to watch it stray and ramble as first-time director Antonio Banderas struggles to pull disparate elements together.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

When it comes to pacing, Banderas is hopeless.

December 31, 1999
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Crazy in Alabama

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.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

Amazing comic tale about racism, freedom, spousal abuse, and personal growth.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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crazy is right

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danny d

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