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FULL SYNOPSIS

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

Cast

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
Pamela Poitier
as Cook's Helper
Lynn Stalmaster
Karmin Murcelo
as Theresa Ramirez
Franklyn Ajaye
as Young Man in Hospital
Peter Looney
as Kicker #1
Cedrick Hardman
as Big Mean
Henry Kingi
as Ramon
Herman Poppe
as Alex
Luis Avalos
as Chico
Esther Sutherland
as Sissie
Rod McCary
as Minister
Claudia Cron
as Joy
Bill Bailey
as Announcer
Danna Hansen
as Mrs. Sampson
Gwen van Dam
as Mrs. Beatty
Herb Armstrong
as County Jail Guard
Herbert Hirschman
as Man at Dinner Party
Don Circle
as Bank Teller
Madison Arnold
as Guard #3
Mickey Jones
as Guard #8
Essex Smith
as Blade's Friend
Billy Beck
as Flycatching Prisoner
Grand L. Bush
as Big Mean's Sidekick
James Oscar Lee
as Kicker #2
Billy Beck
as Flycatching Prisoner
Danna Hansen
as Mrs. Sampson
Karmin Murcelo
as Theresa Ramirez
Herman Poppe
as Alex
Esther Sutherland
as Sissie
Essex Smith
as Blade's Friend
Bill Bailey
as Announcer
Herb Armstrong
as County Jail Guard
Grand L. Bush
as Big Mean's Sidekick
Gwen van Dam
as Mrs. Beatty
Madison Arnold
as Guard #3
Claudia Cron
as Joy
Don Circle
as Bank Teller
Peter Looney
as Kicker #1
Herbert Hirschman
as Man at Dinner Party
Rod McCary
as Minister
Mickey Jones
as Guard #8
Pamela Poitier
as Cook's Helper
Cedrick Hardman
as Big Mean
Franklyn Ajaye
as Young Man in Hospital
Luis Avalos
as Chico
Henry Kingi
as Ramon

Crew

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