Crazy People

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Dudley Moore stars as Emory Lesson, an advertising genius whose finds himself committed to an insane asylum in Tony Bill's Crazy People. Emory becomes tired with creating phony ad campaigns and decides to create his own campaigns that tell the brutal truth. Since sex sells, Emory designs an explicit ad campaign consisting of unadorned sexuality. The campaign is so offensive that his colleagues have Emory put in a mental institution. At first Emory resists, but under the tutelage of a concerned psychiatrist, Dr. ...
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Dudley Moore stars as Emory Lesson, an advertising genius whose finds himself committed to an insane asylum in Tony Bill's Crazy People. Emory becomes tired with creating phony ad campaigns and decides to create his own campaigns that tell the brutal truth. Since sex sells, Emory designs an explicit ad campaign consisting of unadorned sexuality. The campaign is so offensive that his colleagues have Emory put in a mental institution. At first Emory resists, but under the tutelage of a concerned psychiatrist, Dr. Liz Baylor Mercedes Ruehl and the tender love of Kathy Daryl Hannah a beautiful patient, Emory begins to like it in the mental home. Befriending the cute and lovable patients in the mental ward, Emory discovers that the crazy people are natural-born advertising geniuses and Emory utilizes their genius for a new ad campaign.
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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Vastly underrated director Tony Bill reunites with Dudley Moore, the star of his film Six Weeks (1982), for this memorable comedy that relies too much on its genuinely funny central idea and not enough on developing its hilarious ensemble of wacky supporting characters. What works phenomenally well in this box-office bust is the concept of literal truth in advertising. Not only are the brutally honest ad campaigns dreamed up by screenwriter Mitch Markowitz scathingly funny, they remind the audience of just how overwhelmingly disingenuous are the corporate messages with which they are endlessly barraged. Much to the film's detriment, though, the lead role of Emory (Moore) is woefully unexplored, as are the delightful supporting players he meets in the insane asylum, particularly George (David Paymer) (the "Hello" guy), around whom much more comic business should have been built. If the rest of Crazy People (1990) had been as wickedly subversive as the picture's high-concept pitch, the final product might have been a comedy classic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/1992
  • UPC: 097363229933
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dudley Moore Emory Leeson
Daryl Hannah Kathy Burgess
Paul Reiser Stephen Bachman
Mercedes Ruehl Dr. Elizabeth Baylor
J.T. Walsh Charles F. Drucker
Ben Hammer Dr. Horace Koch
David Paymer George Cartelli
Dick Cusack Mort Powell
Alan North Judge
Danton Stone Saabs
Doug Yasuda Hsu
Bill Smitrovich Bruce Concannon
Paul Bates Manuel Robles
Floyd Vivino Eddie Avis
John Terlesky Adam Burgess
David Packer Mark Olander
Larry King Himself
Cliff Eidelman
John Marshall Jones
Randell Haynes Powell
Lorri Lindberg Stephen's Secretary
Ann Pierce William Holden
Kim Clark Very Large Man
Pam La Testa Heavy Woman
Bob Martana Heavy Man
Jill Pierce Heavy Daughter
Christine Larson Operator #1
John Bennes Pharmacist
Julian Bell TV Anchor
Maggie Han Connie Vega-Margolis
Robert Weiss Outraged Movie Patron
Lynda A. Clark Executive #1
Mark Joy Executive #2
J. Michael Hunter Eric the Orderly
David Muir Continental Express Driver
Alan Haufrect Hit and Run Victim
Mitch Markowitz Utility Nut
Mick McGovern Rig Driver
Lloyd Kino Mr. Yamashita
Robert Ito Yamashita's Aide
J.J. Montesque
John Blythe Barrymore Voice Only
Corey Carrier
Ed Lillard Senior Executive Matthews
Allison Caine Voice Only
Technical Credits
Tony Bill Director
Tom Barad Producer
Lou Barlia Camera Operator
Cliff Eidelman Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Ewing Producer
Rick T. Gentz Set Decoration/Design
Mia Goldman Editor
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Christine Larson Asst. Director
John J. Lloyd Production Designer
Mitch Markowitz Screenwriter
Alan North Cinematographer
Robert Ryan Makeup
Steven Schwartz Art Director
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Mary Vogt Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Weiss Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2003

    One of my all-time favorite movies

    This is one of the my top three favorite movies. It is one of Dudley Moore's very best (rest his soul) and why we will always miss him. The comedy is well timed and the ad slogans are right on the money funny!! It easily tops anything you see Superbowl Sunday. My brother and I used to make up slyly funny ads for fun like these when we were kids, and it brought back that those great memories as well. So sit back and enjoy a great performance by Moore and the rest of the funny farm ad writers.

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