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Crazy (2007 film)

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Directed byRick Bieber
Written by
Produced byRick Bieber
CinematographyCraig Haagensen
Edited byTom Rolf
Music byLarry Klein
Distributed byFN Crazy Film LLC
Release date
  • December 10, 2007 (2007-12-10)[1]
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States

Crazy is a 2007 American biographical musical drama film co-written and directed by Rick Bieber, starring Waylon Payne and Ali Larter.

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


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 1950s – 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. Four years later his wife dies in her own car accident.

Historians have questioned the accuracy some of the movie's points, noting that Garland was a member of Nashville's fabled "A-Team" of session players, with whom he socialized in the 1950s, and who rallied around him in the wake of his accident.



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


  1. ^ "Director Rick Bieber at the Crazy movie screening after party at The..." Getty Images. 11 December 2007. Retrieved 16 June 2020.

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