“Stir Crazy” quotes

(1980)
Movie Stir Crazy
Sir Sidney Poitier directed this movie in 1980
Title Stir Crazy
Year 1980
Director Sidney Poitier
Genre Comedy, Crime
Plot – Skip and Harry decide to leave a cold and sad New York for the South in search of sun, human kindness and love. Needless to say, they are immediately mistaken for two robbers and thrown into jail, where they stay until they find a way to escape thanks to their participation to a rodeo authorized by the management. Meanwhile the two real robbers are arrested.
All actors – Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Georg Stanford Brown, JoBeth Williams, Miguel Ángel Suárez, Craig T. Nelson, Barry Corbin, Charles Weldon, Nicolas Coster, Joel Brooks, Jonathan Banks, Erland van Lidth
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  • - Skip Donahue: This filthy, roach-ridden reality is inspiring... what did that second policeman say to you when he grabbed you by the throat?
    - Harry Monroe: "Man, I don't fucking believe you!".
    - Skip Donahue: "Man, I don't fucking believe you!". Fabulous!

    Gene Wilder - Skip Donahue
    Richard Pryor - Harry Monroe
  • “- Big Mean: What's the charge?
    - Harry Monroe: Innocent.
    - Big Mean: Ain't we all?”

    Cedrick Hardman - Big Mean
    Richard Pryor - Harry Monroe
  • “- Harry Monroe: Tell me about the job opportunity.
    - Skip Donahue: It's in banking.
    - Harry Monroe: I don't know a darn thing about banking.
    - Skip Donahue: We don't have to know anything about banking. I've sold the manager on a new promotion idea.”

    Richard Pryor - Harry Monroe
    Gene Wilder - Skip Donahue
    [Tag:job, opportunity]
  • “- Skip Donahue: You want to know something that's always fascinated me? Are the prisonromances that sometimes spring up between inmates and girls from the outside. Sometimes quite beautiful girls. I mean, would you, for example... could you actually become involved, I mean, romantically, with a prisoner?
    - Meredith: Absolutely not.
    - Skip...” (continue)
    (continue reading)
    Gene Wilder - Skip Donahue
    JoBeth Williams - Meredith
  • “I want to get out of this place! Let's go some place! We can just head out west. We could grab odd jobs along the way. Build up a wonderful little nest egg. And then head for Hollywood! That's the place for you and me! Picture it, Harry. Harry and Skip in the Sunbelt. Out there, in the Sunbelt, you just smile and they pour money out on you. And...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Gene Wilder - Skip Donahue
    [Tag:dreams, leaving, women]
  • - Skip Donahue: My name is Skip Donahue. I'm a playwright and I saw you do a scene from "Romeo and Juliet" at the Wilson Workshop. I want you to know that you were wonderful. I'm not just saying it to be kind. You were really lovely.
    - Susan: If you don't get out of my way, I'm going to kick you in the nuts!
    - Skip Donahue: Kick! In the nuts!... (continue)
    (continue reading)
    Gene Wilder - Skip Donahue
    Lee Purcell - Susan
  • “- Big Mean: Short ass son of a bitch, ain't you?
    - Harry Monroe: Oh, I'm a short son of a bitch. My father was a short son of a bitch too. My mother was shorter than him. And my brother was real short and we couldn't even see him. He was a short son of a bitch.”

    Cedrick Hardman - Big Mean
    Richard Pryor - Harry Monroe
    [Tag:badness, family]
  • “- Skip Donahue: Did you sleep any better last night?
    - Harry Monroe: No. I got a couple of winks between nightmares.”

    Gene Wilder - Skip Donahue
    Richard Pryor - Harry Monroe
  • “A hundred and twenty five years... Oh God, Oh God... I'll be a hundred and sixty one when I get out.”

    Richard Pryor - Harry Monroe
    [Tag:fear, old age, prison]
  • “- Harry Monroe: That ain't oregano.
    - Sissie: You put this in the veal?
    - Cook's Helper: And the soup.
    - Sissie: No!
    - Cook's Helper: And the salad.
    - Sissie: Lord have mercy! Grass!
    - Harry Monroe: My grass. Jesus! You cooked half my stash!”

    Richard Pryor - Harry Monroe
    Esther Sutherland - Sissie
    Pamela Poitier - Cook's Helper
    [Tag:cooking, drugs]
  • “- Harry Monroe: Geez, what's wrong with him?
    - Young Man in Hospital: Oh that's Johnson. He's on a hunger strike so they are force-feeding him to keep him alive.
    - Harry Monroe: At least there's some humanity here.
    - Young Man in Hospital: They're going to electrocute him next week.”

    Richard Pryor - Harry Monroe
    Franklyn Ajaye - Young Man in Hospital
  • “- Skip Donahue: She's not for you.
    - Harry Monroe: What do you mean, she's not for me?
    - Skip Donahue: Harry, Nancy is a fascinating girl. She may be the single hottest girl on the East Side. But when you wake up in the morning you'll find that she's not a very serious person.
    - Harry Monroe: Neither am I!”

    Gene Wilder - Skip Donahue
    Richard Pryor - Harry Monroe
  • “This is '65 African Ganja - 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 green! This is bad!”

    Richard Pryor - Harry Monroe
  • “- Harry Monroe: Do you mind? What'd you kill your step-father for anyway?
    - Rory: Criticizing my new fur jacket... and... slapping my hand.”

    Richard Pryor - Harry Monroe
    Georg Stanford Brown - Rory Schultebrand
    [Tag:father, hand, killing]
  • “- Harry Monroe: You think this is The Count Of Monte Cristo or something, man? We're in trouble. This is the real deal! We're in deep shit!
    - Skip Donahue: Harry, you and I are innocent. You know that. I know that. And somewhere outside, the two guys who really pulled that bank job know it too.
    - Harry Monroe: But, the cops don't know it!”

    Richard Pryor - Harry Monroe
    Gene Wilder - Skip Donahue
  • “- Skip Donahue: Just picture this. You and me - and two girls. Romping through the desert. Splashing into the ocean. And the moonlight is out. And, we just catch a glimpse of their bodies when the moonlight hits their breasts. And we watch those breasts just bounce gently - to and fro.
    - Harry Monroe: And sand?
    - Skip Donahue: After the water,...” (continue)
    (continue reading)
    Gene Wilder - Skip Donahue
    Richard Pryor - Harry Monroe
  • “- Skip Donahue: I want a bigger cell! With better ventilation!
    - Deputy Ward Wilson: Why? Grossberger's been fartin' on ya?”

    Gene Wilder - Skip Donahue
    Craig T. Nelson - Deputy Ward Wilson
    [Tag:prison, stink]
  • “- Young Man in Hospital: What you in for, brother?
    - Harry Monroe: There's got to be some kind of confusion. They say my appendix grew back; but, I had it taken out years ago. What about you?
    - Young Man in Hospital: I came in for a hernia operation. They cut off one of my nuts by mistake.
    - Harry Monroe: Say what!”

    Franklyn Ajaye - Young Man in Hospital
    Richard Pryor - Harry Monroe
  • “- Jesus Ramirez: They accused me of robbing several banks. But, no way! I was drunk and all; but I'm positive I only robbed one bank. How about you?
    - Skip Donahue: Oh, my friend and I were doing this song and dance act...
    - Jesus Ramirez: Oh, must have been pretty bad.”

    Miguel Ángel Suárez - Jesus Ramirez
    Gene Wilder - Skip Donahue
    [Tag:dancing, theft]
  • “- Skip Donahue: What are you doing?
    - Harry Monroe: I'm gettin bad. You better get bad, Jack, 'cause if you ain't bad you're gonna get fucked.”

    Gene Wilder - Skip Donahue
    Richard Pryor - Harry Monroe
  • “- Skip Donahue: I wonder what triggered all that violence? He seems so gentle. I see what it is. Nobody has ever just sat down and honestly talked to that man. Poor kid.
    - Rory: I wouldn't sit with him. And I killed my step daddy.”

    Gene Wilder - Skip Donahue
    Georg Stanford Brown - Rory Schultebrand
  • “- Crook #1: One hundred and twenty-five years without a woof of pussy. How'd that make you feel, Mason?
    - Crook #2: Mean. Very, very mean!”

  • “- Skip Donahue: I should have told you in your office! My mother was a veterinarian! I can't have anything to do with the exploitation of animals, she'd turn over in her grave!
    - Warden Walter Beatty: I don't believe you heard me correctly. This is very important to me!
    - Skip Donahue: Important to you? My mother is watching over every step I...” (continue)
    (continue reading)

    Gene Wilder - Skip Donahue
    Barry Corbin - Warden Walter Beatty
  • “- Blade: A rodeo clown is the most dangerous job in the world! He's the one that gets closest to the bull. He gets the best of the bull! Hook to the left! Hook to the side! If the bull rider is in danger, he's gotta protect him! Even if it means gettin' his ribs pulled out and bein' freight-trained.
    - Harry Monroe: Freight-trained!
    - Blade:...” (continue)
    (continue reading)
    Charles Weldon - Blade
    Richard Pryor - Harry Monroe
    [Tag:animals, clown, danger]
  • “- Skip Donahue: I know that you're not wearing anything underneath that coat.
    - Susan: What?
    - Skip Donahue: I also know that you're a shoplifter, part-time.
    - Susan: What are you? Some kind of a looney tune?
    - Skip Donahue: No. I'm the store detective, here, part-time.”

    Gene Wilder - Skip Donahue
    Lee Purcell - Susan
    [Tag:nudity, theft]
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