Warning: Crazy People are coming.
|Directed by||Tony Bill
Barry L. Young (commercials)
|Produced by||Thomas Brand
Robert K. Weiss
|Written by||Mitch Markowitz|
J. T. Walsh
|Music by||Cliff Eidelman|
|Cinematography||Victor J. Kemper|
|Edited by||Mia Goldman|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||91 min.|
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Emory Leeson is an advertising executive who experiences a nervous breakdown. He designs a series of "truthful" advertisements, blunt and bawdy and of no use to his boss Drucker's firm.
One of his colleagues, Stephen Bachman, checks him into a psychiatric hospital. Emory goes into group therapy under the care of Dr. Liz Baylor and meets other voluntary patients, such as the lovely and vulnerable Kathy Burgess. There is also George, who can only speak one word: "Hello."
By mistake, Emory's advertisements get printed and the new campaign turns out to be a tremendous success. Campaigns like: "Jaguar — For men who'd like hand-jobs from beautiful women they hardly know." and "Volvo — they're boxy but they're good."
Drucker grabs credit for the ads. He assigns Stephen and the rest of his employees to design similar new ad campaigns featuring so-called honesty in advertising, but nothing works.
Emory is approached in the sanitarium about creating new ads himself and with his beautiful, unfaithful wife. He insists that his fellow mental patients also be involved and suitably rewarded for their work, transforming the sanitarium into a branch of the advertising industry.
They come up with wild advertising slogans, like one for a Greek travel agency that goes: "Forget Paris. The French can be annoying. Come to Greece. We're nicer." And another one called "Come… IN the Bahamas" for that island's national tourism board. For a new horror movie called The Freak, the ad campaign states: "It won't just scare you, it will fuck you up for life!"
The patients experience happiness at being needed and improve from their various illnesses. The evil Drucker and the doctor in charge of the hospital get greedy and try to separate the team. But it doesn't work. Dr. Baylor defies her boss and Emory negotiates to get new automobiles for all of the patients. He also manages to track down the long absent brother of Kathy, with whom he has fallen in love.
- Dudley Moore as Emory Leeson
- Daryl Hannah as Kathy Burgess
- Paul Reiser as Stephen Bachman
- J. T. Walsh as Drucker
- Mercedes Ruehl as Dr. Baylor
- Alan North as Judge
- David Paymer as George
|“||"Excuse me, sir. Movie Police here. Do you have a love story in this movie?" "Uh, afraid not. There's no need for one." "But who is the female lead?" "There isn't any." "And the heart-warming romantic conclusion?" "Are you kidding? This is a cynical satire about advertising." "And do you have a lot of lovable, huggable goofballs in supporting roles?" "Only the usual demented creative types who work in any ad agency." "Then I'm afraid you'll have to come down to the studio with us. What you've done is against . . . Movie Law!" Why do I get the feeling a scene like this was played at some point early in the history of "Crazy People"? Because the two halves of the movie fit together so uneasily.||”|
|“||All told, the film is less a diatribe against advertising than an unintentional celebration of it.||”|