Every Thursday we feature a classic movie, trailers, or amazing clips from movies from back in the day for you to watch at work, on the way to work, on the way home from work or on your day off to watch and share.
Today’s feature takes you back to 1980 for the hilarious STIR CRAZY.
Growing up in the 70’s, we came up with great comics, huge personalities, people pushing the boundaries and Richard Pryor stands about as close to the top of that as anyone.
Skip and Harry are framed for a bank robbery and end up in a western prison. The two eastern boys are having difficulty adjusting to the new life until the warden finds that Skip has a natural talent for riding broncos with the inter-prison rodeo coming up.
Directed by Sidney Poitier, produced by Hannah Weinstein and written by Bruce Jay Friedman. The film stars Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor as unemployed friends who are given 125-year prison sentences after being framed for a bank robbery. While in prison they befriend other prison inmates. The film reunited Wilder and Pryor who had appeared previously in the 1976 comedy thriller film Silver Streak.
Filmed in Manhattan, New York; Burbank California; St. George Utah, Florence and Tucson Arizona in 56 days from February 15 to April 11, 1980. The movie was released in the United States on December 12, 1980.
The film received mixed to positive reviews but then most critics are flagrant masturbators so… It was a box office success, grossing $101,300,000. It wound up being the third-highest-grossing film of 1980, behind The Empire Strikes Back and 9 to 5.
The box office total marked the first time a film directed by an African-American earned more than $100 million
This is up there with one of our favorite movies of all time and it’s definitely… OLD SCHOOL!
Enjoy today’s feature, STIR CRAZY – in its entirety below.