STIR CRAZY (Movie)

11/29/1980. Saturday. 114 minutes.
(11/29 open preview; wide release 12/12/1980)
Columbia.
Comedy.
Code: SC 11/1980

PLOT

Skip and Harry, two down-and-outers, are framed and imprisoned for bank robbery. They devise an escape plan involving a prison rodeo.

CREDITS

Writer: Bruce Jay Friedman.
Director: Sidney Poitier.

CAST

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
Jonathan Banks as Jack Graham, prisoner, star rodeo rider. Listed 11th of 24.

BAD GUY

Jack’s a convict, "one mean hombre," the man in power in the prison.

CHARACTER

He’s mean, with a very nasty smile at the thought of damage to Skip. Has a western accent, and chews a toothpick. He gets punched in the jaw, and collapses beautifully.

COMMENTS

Because of conditions filming at the Arizona State Prison, JB names this his least favorite role. (MG94)

COSTUME

Because he’s the top man, his clothes show his tough style. He wears white boots with his prison blue jeans, and his shirts are tight fitting and show off chest and shoulders. JB rates a nice pan up the back when he walks down the prison corridor. For the rodeo he has a big black cowboy hat and aviator sunglasses to go with his black and white striped prison rodeo outfit. He’s got tough guy stubble, too.

CRITICS

"Saleable." Variety, 12/3/1980.

"No amount of bouncy good-naturedness can disguise the stretched-thin quality of the material." Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, 12/13/1980, sec.II, p.8.

Also New York Times, 11/29/1980, p.12, and 12/12/1980, sec.III, p.10.

LINES

"...get shoved aside by some aminal (sic) don't know one end of a roan pony from another."

LOCATION

Arizona State Prison.

SCREEN TIME

About 2 minutes in 4 scenes, second half of film.