Stir Crazy

Stir Crazy

Sidney Poitier (1980)

15 Certificate


Our Score
According to your taste, the films Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor made together are either highly creative, witty and inspired, or contrived, noisy and tedious. This prison romp sees them play a couple of goons who leave New York for California, only to be wrongly imprisoned for a bank robbery en route. (On being sentenced, a disbelieving Pryor exclaims "125 years? Oh God, Oh God, I'll be 161 when I get out.") To give Sidney Poitier's film its due, prison clichés are cleverly lampooned with wild invention, and Pryor's chicken scene is one that will endure.


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