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!”


AMITYVILLE 3-D
1983, Park Circus/MGM, 105 min, USA, Dir: Richard Fleischer

Self-confident writer Tony Roberts and wife Tess Harper purchase a house made infamous by haunted activity but refuse to believe that it is inhabited by ghosts. Eerie manifestations bring the realization that supernatural phenomena still exist within the dwelling, as "The Demon" rises from a bottomless well in the basement. With Candy Clark, Lori Loughlin and Meg Ryan.


THE KING OF COMEDY
1982, New Regency, 109 min, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Way ahead of the curve in its dissection of celebrity culture, this unsettling film reteams director Martin Scorsese and star Robert De Niro to profile a New York outsider less violent but no less deranged than TAXI DRIVER’s Travis Bickle. Wannabe comedian Rupert Pupkin is so desperate for a chance to perform on a late-night TV show that he kidnaps its host (Jerry Lewis, a revelation here) with the help of a stalker (Sandra Bernhard).


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