Crazy in Alabama

Synopsis: A backwoods Alabama boy named Peejoe -short for Peter Joseph- gets a quick education in grown-up matters like freedom in 1965. The catalyst is an unlikely source - his glamorous, eccentric Aunt Lucille, who escapes from her abusive husband and takes off for Hollywood to pursue her dreams of TV stardom.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Antonio Banderas
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  5 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

In the summer of 1965,

when I was 13..

...I thought I knew everything

about life and death.

Our parents died when we were little.

My brother, Wiley, and I lived way

out in the country with our meemaw.

We'd hardly ever been off the place...

...but we were happy.

Then one day...

...Aunt Lucille blew into town...

...and nothing was ever the same.

He said, "Kiss my butt, Lucille.

You're not going anywhere. "

He said that I couldn't go,

that he would never give me a divorce.

He said he would come and find me,

and he would knock some sense into me.

All I'm asking is for you to look

after my kids for one lousy month.

You know, I've never asked you

for anything.

And I've been waiting my whole life

for this chance.

And now...

...I'm gonna take it.

Do you hear me?

I'm gonna take it.

He said no...

...when he should've said yes.


...I killed him.

Cut his head off.

So when did you do it?

Last night.

I put rat poison in his coffee.

You must be crazy.

He said that it was the worst coffee

that I ever made.

And I offered to pour it out

and make fresh.

And he said no.

I was always wasting his damn money...

...and he just drank it right down.

You must be crazy, Aunt Lucille.

All I know is you only got

one life, Peejoe.

You can't sit around waiting

for your next life to start.

Not when you see your big chance

about to pass you by.

-But did you have to--?

-I had to make sure he was dead.

I shouldn't have told you

all this, Peejoe.

I don't want anybody to know

what I did or where I'm going.

So you just forget all about it.

Just block it out of your mind. Okay?


I knew I could trust you.

You've always been

my special buddy, you know?

Aunt Lucille said the only good thing

Uncle Chester ever gave her...

... was her kids, all seven of them.

And now she meant to leave

them all here.

Poor old Meemaw, all in a tizzy,

running to call Uncle Dove...

...because he was used to dead people.

He'd know what to do.

Mama, there's nothing to do.

It's already been done.

Come here, babies.

Dove is the coroner.

He's got connections.

And maybe you won't

have to go to jail.

You can tell them--

You can tell them

it was self-defence, honey.

They won't even try to understand.

Come here, Nana. Don't be ridiculous.

They will put me in the electric chair

if they catch me.

But they're not gonna catch me.

I love you, my baby, so much.

Meemaw said Aunt Lucille's life

was one long dream of the movies...

... with herself in all the best parts.

That was one reason

I was in love with her.

Honey, you really need

to see a doctor.

You try and get some rest, Mama.

Peejoe, remember?

You promised. Bye.

I promised, all right.

But keeping her secrets

was the last thing on my mind.

I thought about what she did

with the knife...

... Uncle Chester gave her

for Christmas.

I felt all cold inside...

... like I'd jumped into

a swimming pool full of boiling water.

I couldn't believe this was the

Aunt Lucille who used to rock me...

...hold me and sing me to sleep.

We'd heard about mean old Uncle

Chester as long as I could remember.

One minute she was married to him...

...and then the next minute,

she was gone with his head.

Uncle Dove!

Peter Joseph.

Come here.

What you doing out here

by yourself?

They were all crying and stuff

in there. I couldn't stand it.

Where's Lucille?


What'd she do with Chester?

I don't know.

She said she hid him somewhere.

Well, hell, that was thoughtful.

Listen, son.

I may need your help.

You and Wiley.

You wanna go with me?

-I never been anywhere before.

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Mark Childress

Mark Childress (born 1957, Monroeville, Alabama) is an American novelist and southern writer. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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