Get Crazy

1983

Comedy / Music

140
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 1

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Allen Garfield as Max Wolfe
Denise Galik as Nurse Gwen
Paul Bartel as Self
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23.976 fps
92 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by mark.waltz 3 / 10 / 10

Yep, that's 1983. Not necessarily a good thing.

I'm adding this to my list of films to watch while drinking with friends, along with "The Apple" and "Xanadu", and if you were in your early to mid 20's in the early 80's, you can appreciate its zaniness, especially if you were a rocket or a club kid. I would not call this a horrible movie, at least as far as watchability is concerned, but it can only be viewed now as a time capsule of an era thankfully that existed for a very short period of time. The general plotline concerns the efforts of bad guy Ed Begley Jr. To sabotage a big New Year's Eve rock concert which features British "superstar" Malcolm McDowall, obviously spoofing one of the Beatles and a variety of other talents who become victims of some very bizarre pranks including a bomb that will fill the auditorium with skunk scent and other devices which makes everybody behind the stage and in the audience seem high. That makes some people think that they are saying "bong" rather than bomb when they try to clear the theater which appears right as the clock strikes midnight. Such cult actors as Allen Garfield, Daniel Stern, Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov appear which gives an indication of the kind of audience they wanted this to appeal to. It certainly deserves cult status but other than the film's mega fans, it's a one off for most film historians. "Rock and Roll is going to be fun again! ", McDowall declares after a chit chat with his little friend (yep, exactly what you are thinking it is!), and you can't help but grin, even though you are rolling your eyes non stop.

Reviewed by moonspinner55 10 / 10 / 10

Ushering in '83, with every cliché of the era magnified, satirized and blown to smithereens

Allen Garfield (billed as Allen Goorwitz) plays the owner of a concert hall in Los Angeles, preparing for a New Year's Eve rock and blues blowout, who is threatened with a takeover attempt by slimy concert promoter Ed Begley Jr. Director Allan Arkush knows how to make a cult film, and this one comes complete with hip casting, some great music, wild gags and in-jokes, but what is accomplished with cheerful rebellion is soon mitigated by shapeless scenes and static slapstick, one out-of-control, overeager sequence after another. Despite the work of three credited screenwriters, the dialogue is pothead-smug and has no snap, and Arkush frequently resorts to tastelessness to get a cheap laugh (such as a naked babe sharing space in a bathtub with a guy in scuba gear). The overall tone is jovial and chummy, as if we were co-conspirators in the picture's euphoric craziness, but Garfield is too intense an actor for his role--he pretends to have a good time, much like the rest of the cast, and it doesn't wash. There isn't, in fact, one character in this group as lovable as Riff Randell from Arkush's 1979 midnight-movie entry, "Rock 'n' Roll High School". ** from ****

Reviewed by BandSAboutMovies 10 / 10 / 10

A movie made exactly for me

Allan Arkush based most of his early films on his real life. Rock 'n Roll High School is pretty much about going to New Jersey's Fort Lee High School. And this film is all about his experiences working at The Fillmore East as an usher, stage crew member and in the psychedelic light show Joe's Lights, which got him on stage with everyone from The Who, Grateful Dead and Santana to the Allman Brothers and Fleetwood Mac. I have no idea what experiences helped shaped Heartbeeps, Caddyshack II and Deathsport, which he helped finish. That said - Get Crazy lives in the exact heart of everything I love: hijinks movies, huge casts, rock and roll and cult films. It's pretty much, well, everything. This movie takes place on one night, December 31, 1982, as the Saturn Theater is getting ready for its annual New Year's Eve blowout when its owner Max Wolfe (Allen Garfield, who sadly died of COVID-19 this past April) has a heart attack when arguing with concert promoter Colin Beverly (Ed Begley Jr.), leaving his stage manager Neil Allen (Daniel Stern) in charge, along with past stage manager Willy Loman (Gail Edwards). Man's nephew Sammy (Mile Chapin) is trying to find his uncle so that he can get the rights to the club and sell them while everyone else tries to put on one last show. This is a movie packed with familiar faces, like Bobby Sherman and Fabian as Beverly's goons, who continually try to destroy the building and ruin the show. Seriously, there are so many people to get into, like Stacey Nelkin (Ellie Grimbridge!), Anne Bjorn (The Sword and the Sorcerer), Robert Picardo, Franklyn Ajaye, Dan Frischman (Arvid!), Denise Galik (Don't Answer the Phone), Jackie Joseph (Mrs. Futterman!) and Linnea Quigley.. At this point, you may be saying, "Where are Clint Howard, Dick Miller, Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov?" They're here. Of course they're here. I haven't even gotten into the bands in this! Nada (Lori Eastside from Kid Creole and the Coconuts) has a 15-member girl group that plays New Wave, garage rock, bubble gum and when Lee Ving jumps on stage, punk rock. Beyond Ving, Fear members Derf Scratch and Philo Cramer also appear. King Blues is, well, the King of the Blues. He's played by Bill Henderson (who was also Blind Lemon Yankovic and the cop in Clue, which also features Ving as Mr. Boddy). Auden (Lou Reed!) is Bob Dylan, hiding from his fans, driving in a cab all night trying to write a song. Reggie Wanker (Malcolm McDowell) is Mick Jagger, bedding groupies the whole show before he has a moment of mystic revelation. His drummer, Toad, is John Densmore of The Doors. Captain Cloud (the Turtles' Howard Kaylan) and the Rainbow Telegraph have a van just like Merry Pranksters and drugs just as powerful. I mean, how can I not love a film that has a theme song by Sparks? Come on! This was directed at the same time that Arkush did Bette Midler's cover of "Beast of Burden," complete with an appearance by Stacy Nelkin. Anyways - forgive the fanboyishness nature of this. Actually. don't. We should all love movies this much and feel this strongly about them.

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