Still Crazy

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Still Crazy
Still crazy cover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Brian Gibson
Produced by Amanda Marmot
Written by Dick Clement
Ian La Frenais
Starring Stephen Rea
Billy Connolly
Bill Nighy
Timothy Spall
Jimmy Nail
Juliet Aubrey
Edited by Peter Boyle
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • 30 October 1998 (1998-10-30)
Running time
95 min.
Language English
Budget $14 million
Box office $524,864

Still Crazy is a 1998 British comedy film about a fictional 1970s rock band named "Strange Fruit", who, after being split up for two decades, are persuaded to get back together to perform at a reunion of the same concert venue where they played their last gig. The film focuses on the personal lives of the band members and those closest to them, and their individual experiences with approaching middle-age and the success that eluded them.

It was nominated for two Golden Globes in 1999.


Hughie Case is giving a commentary of how, due to the pursuit of "fame, fortune and fornication" (as well as the drug overdose of their original singer, Keith Lovell), that was their last performance. At the start of their set, lightning strikes the stage and technical problems befall their equipment so the band prematurely ends their performance, frustrated over competing egos and various members' lack of self-control. Ray still has delusions of grandeur. Les still resents Ray for having replaced Keith; Les and Beano (and Hughie, although he has little influence in the band) have little hope for the band, firmly believing both Keith and then Brian were the main talent; and Tony begins to make advances to Karen, but she is reluctant to respond as she had always been deeply attached to Brian.

The band, however, is able to break out the bus and the band quickly skips town. On the bus next morning, Les apologises to Ray for his previous remarks (prompted by a white lie from Tony that Ray tried to commit suicide because of Les' comments), and Ray apologises for his behaviour and shares with the rest of the band that, while in the canal, he "received a positive message" from Brian's ghost.

The bus breaks down and Karen confronts the band about their lack of confidence. They meet a girl who's heading to Antwerp wearing a Strange Fruit tour T-shirt. She says it belonged to her father. The band believes this to be another positive omen. The next few shows go down without incident and go over well with audiences and they become slightly more optimistic.

As the band members return to their former lives, Karen and Claire visit Keith's grave to pay their respects.Brian decides to back out of the show, but gives his blessing for the rest of the band to perform. Brian is pleased to hear the band playing the song, which helps him finally overcome his demons and joins the band onstage to play an inspiring guitar solo, much to the surprise and delight of everyone.



The film has garnered a positive rating of 73% on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 26 reviews, with an average score of 6.6/10.[1]


Strange Fruit songs[edit]

The songs that the band Strange Fruit are known to perform in the film are:

  • "The Flame Still Burns"
  • "All Over the World"
  • "Dirty Town"
  • "Black Moon"
  • "Bird on a Wire"
  • "Scream Freedom"
  • "Dangerous Things"
  • "What Might Have Been"

Also, "Stealin'" is performed by Billy Connolly's character.


  1. ^ "Still Crazy". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 

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