Crazy (2007 film)

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Directed by Rick Bieber
Produced by Rick Bieber
Alan Cohen
Richard Mann
Joel McDonell
Ray Scherr
Steve Vai
Written by Rick Bieber
Jason Ehlers
Brent Boyd
Starring Waylon Payne
Ali Larter
Brad Hawkins
Lane Garrison
Scott Michael Campbell
David Conrad
John Fleck
Timothy Omundson
Brent Briscoe
Beau Baxter
Raymond O'Connor
Eden Rountree
Silas Weir Mitchell
Music by Hank Garland
Larry Klein
Willie Nelson
Cinematography Craig Haagensen
Edited by Tom Rolf
Distributed by FN Crazy Film LLC (independent)
Release dates
  • December 10, 2007 (2007-12-10)
Country United States
Language English

Crazy is a 2007 independent feature biographical musical/drama film starring Waylon Payne and Ali Larter.

Inspired by the life of Nashville guitarist Hank Garland, the movie was filmed from January 13 to February 12, 2005, in Los Angeles, California.


Crazy is the story of a legendary guitar player who emerged from Nashville in the 1950s. Blessed with incomparable, natural talent, Hank Garland quickly established his reputation as the finest sessions player in Nashville. Artists such as Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, The Everly Brothers, and Elvis Presley all sought Hank’s brilliant playing for their recordings. Moving effortlessly from country, to rock-a-billy, to jazz, Hank was also quickly recognized by the likes of Dave Brubeck, Gary Burton, Joe Morello, and Joe Benjamin.

The Nashville scene was a unique place in the 50’s – dominated by a small group of executives and musicians who controlled the studios, labels and unions. Hank, in his arrogance and pursuit of musical excellence, often came into conflict with the business, social and racial culture he found both restrictive and frequently frustrating.

Some people say that a near-fatal car accident, which Hank suffered, was a result of tragic response to dreams unfulfilled. Others will say that the subsequent electro-shock therapy, which was ordered by his doctors, may have contributed to ending Hank’s playing career at the age of thirty-one.


Crazy won the Best of Fest award at the Real to Reel International Film Festival in 2008.

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