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Stir Crazy Details


After the excellent audience response to their teaming in Silver Streak, Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor reunited for this zany comedy. Wilder and Pryor play a couple of out-of-work numbskulls who take a promotional job that requires them to dress up like gigantic woodpeckers. Unfortunately, a pair of thieves, likewise decked out in woodpecker suits, pull off a bank job not long after Wilder and Pryor make their first public appearance. The boys are arrested and sentenced to 120 years each (at this point, we know we're not dealing with real life). After a concerted (and hilarious) effort to make the best of things "in stir," Wilder and Pryor break out of jail, hoping to track down the genuine thieves. The mess never really works itself out, suggesting that perhaps the stars had a Stir Crazy II lurking in the recesses of their minds. Written by Bruce Jay Friedman and directed by Sidney Poitier, it never did spawn a sequel, though a TV series spin-off, starring Larry Riley and Joseph Guzaldo, briefly surfaced in 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 12, 1980


Gene Wilder
as Skip Donahoe
Richard Pryor
as Harry Monroe
JoBeth Williams
as Meredith
Georg Stanford Brown
as Rory Schultebrand
Craig T. Nelson
as Deputy Ward Wilson
Barry Corbin
as Warden Walter Beatty
Charles Weldon
as Blade
Nicolas Coster
as Warden Henry Sampson
Joel Brooks
as Len Garber
Jonathan Banks
as Jack Graham
Lewis van Bergen
as Guard
Lee Purcell
as Susan
Henry Kingi
as Ramon
Franklyn Ajaye
as Young Man in Hospital
Luis Avalos
as Chico
Cedrick Hardman
as Big Mean
Pamela Poitier
as Cook's Helper
Mickey Jones
as Guard #8
Danna Hansen
as Mrs. Sampson
Billy Beck
as Flycatching Prisoner
James Oscar Lee
as Kicker #2
Herman Poppe
as Alex
Karmin Murcelo
as Theresa Ramirez
Lynn Stalmaster
Bill Bailey
as Announcer
Essex Smith
as Blade's Friend
Esther Sutherland
as Sissie
Herb Armstrong
as County Jail Guard
Gwen van Dam
as Mrs. Beatty
Claudia Cron
as Joy
Madison Arnold
as Guard #3
Grand L. Bush
as Big Mean's Sidekick
Herbert Hirschman
as Man at Dinner Party
Rod McCary
as Minister
Don Circle
as Bank Teller
Peter Looney
as Kicker #1


Sidney Poitier
Melville Tucker
Hannah Weinstein
Bruce Jay Friedman
Fred Schuler
Tom Scott
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Masser
Composer (Music Score)
Harry Keller
Mickey McCardle
Production Designer
Alfred Sweeney
Production Designer
Douglas Higgins
Production Designer
Melville Tucker
Executive Producer
Patricia Edwards
Costume Designer
Scott Salmon