Old 09-28-2000, 04:13 PM
VIDEO CAPSULE: Stir Crazy (7.5/10)

Stir Crazy (1980)

I was nervous about seeing this movie again for the first time in over 10 years cause it used to be one of my favorite comedies as a teen. Would it stand the test of time? Would I still laugh at some of the funnies that I did back in the day of my peachfuzz mustache?

Well, I'm happy to report that YES, the movie does stand the test of time and I was realy happy to see that at least one of my faves from the 80s still did. Gene Wilder is hilariously funny in this movie as the happy-go-lucky guy who never really comes to grips with the reality of his dire situation. Richard Pryor is also good, but I only noticed this time around, that he actually only plays "second fiddle" to Wilder's funnier character.

The story is also pretty interesting, with one of the most elaborate jail break sequences set to film topping of the whole thing. I did think that the film went a little too long and that the "rodeo" angle was a little far-fetched, but overall this movie had me cracking up for most of its way.

Check it out if you want to see a funny "prison" movie with Wilder and Pryor in their prime. Also, see Craig T. Nelson in a small role as prison guard.

Directed by Sydney Poitier (who knew?) and starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor
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Old 09-28-2000, 05:53 PM
This is definitely a classic comedy duo film...Wilder/Pryor, in my mind, was one of the best ever to grace the screen...they sure beat the likes of Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson, Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, Luke Wilson and Martin Lawrence, Judge Reinhold and Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy, David Spade and Chris Farley (FOR THE LOVE OF GOD REST HIS SOUL) and on and on and on...The best thing is that Wilder CAN hold up his own and is a brilliant comic actor. I like the chicken outfits and the fat bald guy in jail (who was in Phillip Kaufman's "The Wanderer's", a personal favorite film)as well as the "That's right...we bad..we bad" strut into jail...When Pryor tries to teach Wilder how to be tough in jail it reminds me of Pryor trying to teach Wilder to be black in "Silver Streak"...good supporting cast as well. I never understood how Wilder always got the chicks though?...

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Old 09-28-2000, 11:06 PM
This movie is one of my favorite comedies ever. It has always been fun to watch and just a great time. I love Gene Wilder. He is the second best actor ever! I'm not kidding the beggining salad scene with Pryor still has me rolling. This film is just amazing. i can't say enough about it except to see it. You'll love the acting. You'll love the jokes. You'll love the, well, JOKES!!!! This is definitely a 9/10 on my list.
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