Stir Crazy

Synopsis: Skip and Harry are framed for a bank robbery and end up in a western prison. The two eastern boys are having difficulty adjusting to the new life until the warden finds that Skip has a natural talent for riding broncos with the inter-prison rodeo coming up.
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Director(s): Sidney Poitier
Production: Columbia Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

Who needs Hollywood?

I hear they're

really nuts out there.

Give me a town like old New York

With lots of trees

And clean, fresh air

I need a place

Where love is everywhere

They say I'm


Just a little bit out of whack

'Cause I always like to act

my dreams out

They call me a maniac

Well, if I'm crazy

What a wonderful way to be

Imagine all the possibilities

If the whole world was just like me

Crazy, crazy

Everyone thinks I'm crazy

But I've got a feeling

deep inside

They'd all like to be

just like me

So once in a while

Set yourself free

Who needs reality

A study in imperfection

Bit I'm just trying to find

a little affection

Wouldn't you like that too

People say I'm crazy

'Cause I say

the first thing on my mind

I guess freedom is

a serious crime these days

Well, lock the door and then

Throw away the key

I guess being crazy's best for me

Marvelous salad! Marvelous!

- May I have more, please?

- Yes, sir.

- Me, too, please.

- And count me in. it is divine.

Tell Sissie everything so far

is excellent.

- She'll be real pleased, ma'am.

- And I'll have a little more of that.

- A fraction more. One full salad.

- Yes, ma'am.

Is it ready?

- Needs a little more oregano.

- I put a whole lot in already.

Just a touch more.

Where'd you get this?

This isn't my oregano.

- Out of your bag.

- That's the waiter's bag.

Four more salads for four

very hungry people who are...

What's wrong with you, Mavis?

Harry, what is this?

That's personal.

- What is it?

- It ain't oregano.

Oh, my God.

You put this in the veal?

- And the soup.

- No!

And the salad.

Lord have mercy! Grass!

My grass.

Jesus! You've cooked half my stash!

Hello. Excuse me, dear.

May I talk with you for one minute?

Up your kazoo.

Wait, please.

I'm not trying to be a pest.

- I know you're an actress.

- Who are you?

My name is Skip Donahue.

I'm a playwright.

I saw you do a scene from "Romeo

and Juliet" at the Wilson Workshop.

You are wonderful.

I'm not just saying that to be kind.

If you don't get out of my way,

I'm going to kick you in the nuts.

Kick in the nuts?

You're fantastic, the way

you can switch characters like that.

The difference between this

and your Juliet is fabulous.

By the way, I know you're not wearing

anything underneath that coat.


I also know that you're

a shoplifter, part-time.

What are you, some Looney Toon?

No. I'm the store detective

here, part-time.

Mrs. R.H. was my best customer too.

Well, I was James's best customer.

That's the guy who sold me

this African ganji '65!

Do you understand

what you've done to me?

My girlfriend Caroline,

just for a little of this...

not only was gonna let me have

her mind and her body...

but two of her girlfriends.

She'll ruin me when she finds out.

I'm finished.

Maybe she'll think it's the wine.

Think it's the wine?

There's no wine in the world that...

Smell that.

This is '65 African ganji

from the motherland!

Do you understand? It's been soaked

in the earth back home!

This is mean!

One joint of this

put Southern California...

to sleep back in '65!

Did you know there was

a revolution in '65?

We went to sleep and missed it

because of this.

This is mean. This is bad.

And you just spread it over everything.

I hope you had fun,

'cause I ain't gonna have no fun!

I saw you try on that dress

and pretend to steal it.

You even managed to look guilty,

which was terrific...

because you are a wonderful actress.

I also saw you slip into the Junior Miss

department, take off the dress...

and throw it in the trash bin.

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Bruce Jay Friedman

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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