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Still Crazy is a film that looks back at the "rock band" era of the 1970s. Brian Gibson, who has directed musical biographies on Josephine Baker and Tina Turner, sets his narrative on a rock group, Strange Fruit, who are attempting a comeback twenty years after a bolt of lightening literally ended their career in the late 1970's. When keyboard player Tony (Stephan Rea) runs into the son of their old festival promoter, he gets the idea he could perhaps bring the aging musicians together for a revival. He goes off to search for Karen (Juliet Aubre), the band's Girl Friday and often the butt of their various ego trips. Karen, who now lives alone with her daughter, thinks it's a great idea and they set off to locate the other members. Beano (Timothy Spall), the drummer, has barricaded himself away in a trailer in his mother's garden for fear of being caught by the taxman. Ray (Bill Nighy), the lead singer, lives in a luxurious country house (beyond his means) with his second wife; he's still in the music business and has released a solo record. Les (Jimmy Nail), a great bass guitarist, is happily married, and his only regret is that his music never found the following he would have liked. As for ex-roadie Hughie (Billy Connolly), the Fruits were always his boys, and he's ready to give up his stall at Camden market and follow the dream. He would also love to see guitarist Brian again, but Brian is nowhere to be found. Karen decides to hire a much younger musician, Luke, to replace him. The re-formed band go to Holland to play a few clubs on a warm-up tour. However, the youngest member of the band is stealing the show, particularly with the members of the opposite sex. Despite efforts to stay calm and professional, the band is falling into the old routine of bickering day by day as they get close to the big reunion concert. Still Crazy was screened as part of the Panorama during the 49th International Berlin Film Festival, 1999. ~ Gönül Dönmez-Colin, Rovi

  • Release date:October 30, 1998


Stephen Rea
as Tony Costello
Billy Connolly
as Hughie
Jimmy Nail
as Les Wickes
Timothy Spall
as David Baggot
Bill Nighy
as Ray Simms
Juliet Aubrey
as Karen Knowles
Helena Bergström
as Astrid Simms
Bruce Robinson
as Brian Lovell
Hans Matheson
as Luke Shand
Rachael Stirling
as Clare Knowles
Phil Daniels
as Neil Gaydon
Frances Barber
as Lady in Black
Phil Davis
as Limo Driver
Zoe Ball
Andy Nichol
Francis Magee
Justin Gratton
Delroy Atkinson


Brian Gibson
Amanda Marmot
Ian La Frenais
Dick Clement
Ashley Rowe
Tarquin Gotch
Musical Direction/Supervision
Steve Dagger
Musical Direction/Supervision
Clive Langer
Composer (Music Score)
Niven Howie
Peter Boyle
Steve Dagger
Associate Producer
Tarquin Gotch
Associate Producer
Ian La Frenais
Executive Producer
Dick Clement
Executive Producer
Caroline Harris
Costume Designer
Colin Nicolson
Sound/Sound Designer
Simon Moseley
First Assistant Director
Gail Stevens
Steve Clark-Hall
Line Producer
Adrian Sibley
Second Unit Director