Rent The Gods Must Be Crazy I and II (1989)

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Both instalments of the 'epic comedy of absurd proportions' about the dubious benefits of Western civilisation.

The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
For five thousand years, things have pretty much stayed the same for Xi (N!xau) and his fellow Bushmen. Then one day, an empty Coke bottle drops magically from the sky, and life goes topsy turvy in the face of this generous 'gift of the Gods'. An international sensation, 'The Gods Must Be Crazy' is one of the most original and thought provoking comedies ever. Starring a real-life Bushman N!xau, it's a movie that looks at us from the other side - and shows us just how crazy we are!
The Gods Must Be Crazy II (1989)
This delightful sequel to the hilarious hit comedy is a piece of divinity inspired lunacy! Xi again collides with the so-called civilized world when he embarks on a search for his children, who are accidental stowaways on a poacher's truck. He soon crosses their path with two very odd couples lost in the desert. Xi, perplexed by their strange antics, nevertheless finds himself drawn into a crazy adventure with people who know how to make magic machines...but constantly need to be saved from the wilderness and from each other.
, , N!xau, Louw Verwey, Michael Thys, , , , , , , , , Pip Freedman, Katinka Heyns, , Hans Strydom, Eiros, Nadies,
Jamie Uys, Boet Troskie
Voiced By:
Graham Armitage, Janet Wells, Jamie Uys, Paddy O'Byrne
Narrated By:
Paddy O'Byrne
Jamie Uys
Columbia Tristar
Action & Adventure, Children & Family, Classics, Comedy
Best Film Quests and Adventures, The Film Highlights of 1980
South Africa
Release Date:
Run Time:
200 minutes
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, English Dolby Digital Stereo, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital Stereo, German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 2.0, German Stereo Dolby Digital, Hungarian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0
Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
  • Journey to Nyae Nyae Featurette
  • Baraka School Photo Gallery
  • Weblink to the Kalahari People's Fund
  • Buster Reynolds Remembers Jamie Uys Featurette
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following:
- The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
- Special Features
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following:
- The Gods Must Be Crazy II (1989)
- Special Features

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Reviews (6) of The Gods Must Be Crazy I and II

Dated but worthwhile madcap humour - The Gods Must Be Crazy I and II review by CP Customer

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This screwball comedy shows us the innocent side of Africa from a 1980s mindset.

The film is shot in a fast and fun way, with a variety of film styles helping to keep the viewer engrossed in a wildly amusing story.

Also shows a great range of Botswanan scenery - one to watch for a little light relief.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Great fun - The Gods Must Be Crazy I and II review by RCO

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From the mock cheesy travelogue voice over at the beginning to it all turning out alright in the end this is a gem of a comedy.

It also manages to be a satirical commentary on many aspects of our western world and a glimpse of bushman life and Southern Africa scenery (but you might want to fact check the gem about rhinos and fire before repeating it as gospel!)

Although made in 1980, S.Africa then was probably equivalent to the UK in the mid 60s or earlier in terms of social attitudes - so don't be put off by what today looks very unsophisticated and unPC comedy - accept it for what it is and laugh out loud with it.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Quirky and heartwarming - The Gods Must Be Crazy I and II review by MH

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I was not expecting a movie as good as this when I sat down to watch and I was enraptured. All the actors were really good, including the children. I'm not a person who laughs a lot, usually a broad grin is high praise of humour for me and I'm not amused by slapstick,, but I laughed out loud many times during the course of the action. You would have to be entirely without imagination not to love this movie.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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