Crazy in Alabama

Much is wrong and plain embarrassing about director Banderas' first feature, yet it's also likeable, sincere and eye catching. The tone, however, is dismayingly up and down (Almodóvar may get away with this, but Banderas doesn't). It's a nostalgic coming of age yarn about a boy growing up in the racist South in the mid-'60s, and his wacky aunt (Griffith), who chops off her husband's head and scoots off to Hollywood, where she makes an implausible starlet. Magic realism and black comedy sit uncertainly beside liberal platitudes, but it has some fine, high moments. (Adapted by Mark Childress from his own novel.) TCh.

Release details

Duration: 104 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Antonio Banderas
Screenwriter: Mark Childress
Cast: Melanie Griffith
David Morse
Lucas Black
Cathy Moriarty
Robert Wagner
Meatloaf Aday
Rod Steiger
Richard Schiff
John Beasley
Paul Mazursky
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