Stir Crazy (1980)




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After the excellent audience response to their teaming in Silver Streak, Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor reunited for this zany comedy. Wilder and Pryor play a couple of out-of-work numbskulls who take a promotional job that requires them to dress up like gigantic woodpeckers. Unfortunately, a pair of thieves, likewise decked out in woodpecker suits, pull off a bank job not long after Wilder and Pryor make their first public appearance. The boys are arrested and sentenced to 120 years each (at this point, we know we're not dealing with real life). After a concerted (and hilarious) effort to make the best of things "in stir," Wilder and Pryor break out of jail, hoping to track down the genuine thieves. The mess never really works itself out, suggesting that perhaps the stars had a Stir Crazy II lurking in the recesses of their minds. Written by Bruce Jay Friedman and directed by Sidney Poitier, it never did spawn a sequel, though a TV series spin-off, starring Larry Riley and Joseph Guzaldo, briefly surfaced in 1986.
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Gene Wilder
as Skip Donahue
Richard Pryor
as Harry Monroe
Georg Stanford Brown
as Rory Schultebrand
JoBeth Williams
as Meredith
Craig T. Nelson
as Deputy Ward Wilson
Barry Corbin
as Warden Walter Beatty
Nicolas Coster
as Warden Henry Sampson
Joel Brooks
as Len Garber
Jonathan Banks
as Jack Graham
Erland van Lidth
as Grossberger
Lee Purcell
as Susan
Karmin Murcelo
as Theresa Ramirez
Franklyn Ajaye
as Young Man in Hospital
Estelle Omens
as Mrs. R.H. Broache
Cedrick Hardman
as Big Mean
Henry Kingi
as Ramon
Pamela Poitier
as Cook's Helper
Alvin Ing
as Korean Doctor
Joseph Massengale
as Ceasar Geronimo
Peter Looney
as Kicker #1
Luis Avalos
as Chico
Miguel Ángel Suárez
as Jesus Ramirez
Rod McCary
as Minister
Danna Hansen
as Mrs. Sampson
Gwen Van Dam
as Mrs. Beatty
Herb Armstrong
as County Jail Guard
Herbert Hirschman
as Man at Dinner Party
Don Circle
as Bank Teller
Madison Arnold
as Guard #3
Mickey Jones
as Guard #8
Essex Smith
as Blade's Friend
Grand L. Bush
as Big Mean's Sidekick
James Oscar Lee
as Kicker #2
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Critic Reviews for Stir Crazy

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1)

Unfunny script.

Full Review… | January 18, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews can't help but wish that director Sidney Poitier had just let Wilder and Pryor do their thing.

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

Stir Crazy is a funny comedy starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor.

Full Review… | January 29, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

22 years later, and I'm still not laughing.

March 4, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

A comedy classic -- see for yourself.

January 9, 2003

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Stir Crazy

Harry Monroe: A hundred and twenty five years... Oh God... Oh God... I'll be a hundred and sixty-one when I get out. "Two jailbirds who just want out of the cage." I've always passed on watching Stir Crazy because a pairing of Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder didn't sound too great to me, but after thinking about it I thought it could be fun. I like Richard Pryor as a comedian a lot and Gene Wilder is a very good, over the top comedic actor. Although Stir Crazy is the duos second project, it's the only one I've seen and I have to say, it was a fun ride.  Skip and Harry are both fired from their jobs in New York on the same day, so they decide to head west to California to try to make it in Hollywood. They don't make it that far though when they stop in a town that Skip's really likes. When they are mistaken for two bank robbers, they are sentenced to 125 years in a maximum security prison. There may be a way out though and it relies on Skip's rodeo skills. Stir Crazy is nothing to get too excited about, but overall it's a pleasant and funny comedy. I liked both Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder in it, both of whom looked like they were have a good time. Stir Crazy's worth a watch if you're into the two actors.

Melvin White
Melvin White

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This has to be the best Wilder and Pryor combo by far, the sequences set at the beginning of their jail time is pure gold, it loses it at the end as the film progresses towards the surprisingly dull escape part of the plot but rest assured the rest of the film is hilarious. Wilder trying not to snap in prison is dynamite, Pryor was never quite as good as Wilder but he holds his own and is the perfect sidekick or foil. Poitier directs well but I don't think you could go wrong with this pair, its pretty their best film I think.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Hilarious movie, a classic starring comedy duo Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder. I love it, and I highly recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

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