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Get Crazy (1983)

Get Crazy (1983)





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Director Allan Arkush knew whereof he spoke in Get Crazy. A longtime employee of Fillmore East, a popular rock-concert locale of the 1960s and 1970s, Arkush brought a great deal of insider's savvy to this comedy about the concert circuit and its denizens. Malcolm McDowell stars as a Mick Jagger-type rocker who is one of several acts lined up for a big New Years' Eve show. If villains Ed Begley Jr., Bobby Sherman and Fabian have their way, however, the show will never get off the ground. The supporting cast is dotted with such cult-flick icons as Dick Miller, Jackie Joseph and Mary Woronov. The musical portion of the program is handled by the likes of Malcolm McDowell, Lou Reed (as a Bob Dylan type) and Bill Henderson (as a Muddy Waters takeoff). In case it hasn't been made clear already, the main "joke" of Get Crazy is the presence in the cast of actors as musicians and musicians as actors; it is to the film's credit that this one joke never wears out its welcome.
Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Allen Garfield
as Max Wolfe
Daniel Stern
as Neil Allen
Gail Edwards
as Willy Loman
Bill Henderson
as King Blues
Lou Reed
as Auden
Howard Kaylan
as Capt. Cloud
Lee Ving
as Piggy
Anna Bjorn
as Chantamina
Robert Picardo
as O'Connell
as Marv
Denise Galik
as Nurse Gwen
Tim Jones
as Arthur
Mary Woronov
as Violetta
Barry Diamond
as Stagehand
Paul Bartel
as Dr. Carver
Jackie Joseph
as Susie's Mom
Dick Miller
as Susie's Dad
Charlie Stavola
as Taxi Driver
Sam Laws
as Minister
Robin Stewart
as Nada Band
Daniel Davies
as Jews Band
Gary Gershaw
as Jews Band
Andrew J. Lederer
as Jews Band
Coati Mundi
as Reggie Band
Charlie Hanson
as Savage Beast
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Critic Reviews for Get Crazy

All Critics (1)

A bizarre but frequently hilarious rock parody

June 3, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Audience Reviews for Get Crazy

I have not watched this all the way through, but seriously. Ed Begley Jr, Malcolm McDowell, Paul Bartel, and Lou Reed are all in it. Plus the guy from Home Alone who did voice over for The Wonder Years. If you like camp and implausible rock oriented films, check this out. Expect some flaws. Get confused. Get Crazy.

Zach Cole
Zach Cole

True to its title Get Crazy is a wonderfully scatterbrained send up of rock music and concert culture. This film deserves to be saved from cinematic obscurity

Gordon Briggs
Gordon Briggs

The slightest of plots doesn't have nearly enough good comedy nor good music to overcome. Silly slapstick and dumb drug humor undermine Ed Begley's funny evil capitalist and his two flunkies attempting to take over a famous rock venue, the Saturn Theater. The songs are all OK but I found myself wishing I was watching a real concert video with better bands instead. Still, there's plenty of energy on display here. Two more worthwhile points of interest: Malcolm McDowell as Mick Jaggerish super egotistical singer Reggie Wanker, and especially Lou Reed parodying himself as introspective leather-n-shades rock legend Auden. Where else you gonna see that?

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