Crazy in Alabama
|Crazy in Alabama|
|Directed by||Antonio Banderas|
|Produced by||Debra Hill|
|Written by||Mark Childress|
|Music by||Mark Snow|
|Edited by||Robert C. Jones|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Crazy in Alabama is a 1999 comedy-drama film directed by Antonio Banderas, written by Mark Childress (based on his own 1993 novel of the same name), and starring Melanie Griffith as an abused wife who heads to California to become a movie star while her nephew back in Alabama has to deal with a racially motivated murder involving a corrupt sheriff. The movie was filmed primarily in and around Houma, Louisiana with locations in Schriever, Chackbay, and New Orleans, Louisiana as well as Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
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Peter Joseph "Peejoe" Bullis (Lucas Black) lives in a small town in Alabama in 1965, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. He becomes involved with a group of black students protesting the town's racially segregated municipal swimming pool, leading to a protest that explodes into deadly violence. A young black boy, Taylor Jackson, is killed by the town sheriff (Meat Loaf). Peejoe, the only witness, is pressured by the sheriff to keep it quiet. However, Peejoe has learned from the example of his free-spirited Aunt Lucille Vinson (Melanie Griffith), who has killed her abusive husband and is headed for Hollywood, where she is convinced that television stardom awaits her.
Lucille takes her husband's head everywhere she goes in a black hat box and looks forward to Hollywood promises. When the head is discovered by the hostess of a party, Lucille tries to get rid of the head by throwing it off the Golden Gate Bridge. Two policemen, thinking she is about to jump over herself, open the hat box and discover the head inside. She is arrested and escorted back to Alabama for her trial, where she is given a warm welcome by her town.
After being convicted of first-degree murder, Lucille is sentenced to twenty years in prison. However, the sentence is suspended, and she is put on a five-year probation with the condition that she seek psychiatric help. Lucille, her children, and all her friends joyfully exit the courtroom while the sheriff (through Peejoe's testimony) is put under arrest for Taylor's murder.
|Melanie Griffith||Lucille Vinson|
|David Morse||Dove Bullis|
|Lucas Black||Peter Joseph Bullis|
|David Speck||Wiley Bullis|
|Cathy Moriarty||Earlene Bullis|
|Meat Loaf||Sheriff John Doggett|
|Rod Steiger||Judge Louis Mead|
|John Beasley||Nehemiah Jackson|
|Robert Wagner||Harry Hall|
|Noah Emmerich||Sheriff Raymond|
|Paul Ben-Victor||D.A. Mackie|
|Elizabeth Perkins||Joan Blake|
|Paul Mazursky||Walter Schwegmann|
|Holmes Osborne||Attorney Larry Russell|
|Tony Amendola||Casino Boss|
Crazy in Alabama received mixed though primarily poor reviews from critics, scoring a 30% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 56 reviews, as well as a score of 46 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 27 reviews. Melanie Griffith earned a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress for her performance in the film but lost out to Heather Donahue for The Blair Witch Project. However, her performance in this film and Another Day in Paradise earned her the Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress. Lucas Black was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor and YoungStar Award for Best Young Actor/Performance in a Motion Picture Drama. The director, Antonio Banderas, won the 2000 ALMA award for Outstanding Director of a Feature Film, the European Film Award for Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema, and was nominated for a Golden Lion.
- In the novel, the head is kept in a lettuce crisper
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- "Crazy in Alabama". Metacritic. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
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- Kim, Ellen A (16 April 2000). "2000 ALMA Awards". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 1 December 2012.