The Gods Must Be Crazy

A hoot from South Africa and a brilliantly funny throwback to the days of slapstick silent comedy. It begins as a National Geographic sort of documentary about the Kalahari Bushmen, an uncivilized African tribe that knows no violence, is thoroughly self-contained, and holds no material possessions. One day a small plane overhead drops a Coke bottle in the...read more

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A hoot from South Africa and a brilliantly funny throwback to the days of slapstick silent comedy.

It begins as a National Geographic sort of documentary about the Kalahari Bushmen, an uncivilized African tribe that knows no violence, is thoroughly self-contained, and holds no material possessions. One day a small plane overhead drops a Coke bottle in the tribe's midst. Assuming that the bottle

is a gift from the gods, the members begin to make use of it--and they discover that it has not one but many uses: mashing meal, flattening skins, playing music, making patterns. Since it is such a valuable tool, the tribesmen soon become possessive of it. This leads to greed, greed leads to

anger, and anger leads to violence. Xi (Nixau, an actual Bushman), being the tribal leader, is elected to rid his people of the bottle by taking it to the end of the earth and throwing it off.

Writer-director Jamie Uys resurrects a familiar, long-forgotten style of sight gags and traditional comic techniques in this delightful comedy that succeeds as both entertainment and nostalgic homage to the earliest days of film.

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  • Released: 1981
  • Rating: PG
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