STIR CRAZY
1980, Sony Repertory, 108 min, USA, Dir: Sidney Poitier

Directed by Sidney Poitier (star of LILIES OF THE FIELD and IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT), this classic comedy pairs Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, whose chemistry and improvisation make this one of the most quotable films of all time. Struggling playwright Wilder and struggling actor Pryor head West to seek their fortune. Framed for a bank robbery they didn’t commit and sentenced to 125 years in jail, the two must appear in a prison rodeo in order to escape. Also features POLTERGEIST’s Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams. “Yea, that’s right! That’s right! We bad!”


BONNIE AND CLYDE
1967, Warner Bros., 111 min, USA, Dir: Arthur Penn

Arthur Penn’s New Hollywood masterpiece follows the criminal exploits of Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway), Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and the rest of the Barrow gang in the Depression-era Midwest. With Gene Hackman, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Wilder and Estelle Parsons (a Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner as Blanche Barrow).


WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
1971, Warner Bros., 100 min, USA, Dir: Mel Stuart

"Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation and 2% butterscotch ripple." Gene Wilder stars as mysterious pied piper Willy Wonka in this truly wondrous musical adaptation of writer Roald Dahl’s children’s classic, as five lucky holders of the Golden Tickets (Veruca Salt! Augustus Gloop!) and their parents venture inside the enchanted Wonka Chocolate Factory. Glorious, candy-colored direction by Stuart is matched by the iridescent score by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley (DR. DOLITTLE). With Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum and Roy Kinnear.


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