Crazy in Alabama (1999)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some violence, thematic material, language and a scene of sensuality)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Childress
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 28, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Official Site


as Earlene

as Sheriff John Doggett

as Judge Mead

as Nehemiah

as Sheriff Raymond

as Jack

as Madelyn

as Walter

as Deputy Tyrone

as Joan Blake

as David Jackson

as Taylor Jackson

as Saleswoman

as Jake

as Conventioneer

as Pool Manager

as Gambling Man

as Casino Boss

as Dr. Ward

as Bellhop Ted

as Photographer

as Interviewer

as Alexander Powell

as Assistant at `Bewitc...

as Darrin's Stand-In

as Endora's Stand-In

as Samantha's Stand-In

as Organizer

as Heckler on Balcony

as Heckler on Balcony

as Patrolman

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Singer at Pool

as Woman on Phone
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Critic Reviews for Crazy in Alabama

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (24)

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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.

January 1, 2000
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.

January 1, 2000
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… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

When it comes to pacing, Banderas is hopeless.

January 1, 2000
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Crazy in Alabama

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

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


crazy is right

danny d

Super Reviewer

Weird but okay.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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