Stir Crazy

Stir Crazy

Sidney Poitier (1980)

15 Certificate


Our Score
As Sidney Poitier's direction and a firm script all but vanish beneath the clowning, Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder (again playing the cynic and the innocent) are, according to your taste and viewpoint, either highly creative, witty and inspired, or contrived, noisy and tedious. Relying more on mugging than acting (especially in the second half), they play a couple of goons who leave New York for California and are wrongly imprisoned for a bank robbery en route. To give the film its due, prison clichés are cleverly lampooned here with wild invention, and Pryor's chicken scene is one that will last.


Two unemployed New Yorkers travel to California in search of fame and fortune. Instead, the hapless duo end up clocking on for a 125-year stint in jail for a bank robbery they did not commit - until a prison rodeo presents them with the chance to make a daring escape. Comedy directed by Sidney Poitier, starring Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, JoBeth Williams, Craig T Nelson and Georg Stanford Brown.

Cast & Crew

Skip Donahue Gene Wilder
Harry Monroe Richard Pryor
Meredith JoBeth Williams
Rory Schultebrand Georg Stanford Brown
Jesus Ramirez Miguel Angel Suarez
Deputy Ward Wilson Craig T Nelson
Warden Walter Beatty Barry Corbin
Blade Charles Weldon
Warden Henry Sampson Nicolas Coster
Director Sidney Poitier
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. LtdGuidance: Edited for some of its language, and contains violence, drug abuse and nudity. Available on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama