Mega-promoter Colin Beverly plans to sabotage the New Year’s 1983 concert of small-time operator Max Wolfe. Wolfe’s assistants Neil Allen and Willie Loman find romance while trying to save the drugs, violence, and rock and roll from Beverly’s schemes.
Get Crazy is a 1983 American musical comedy film directed by Allan Arkush, and stars Malcolm McDowell, Allen Garfield, Daniel Stern, Gail Edwards, Miles Chapin, Stacey Nelkin, Lori Eastside and Bill Henderson
Director Allan Arkush knew whereof he spoke in Get Crazy. A longtime employee of Fillmore East, a popular rock-concert locale of the 1960s and 1970s, Arkush brought a great deal of insider’s savvy to this comedy about the concert circuit and its denizens. Malcolm McDowell stars as a Mick Jagger-type rocker who is one of several acts lined up for a big New Years’ Eve show. If villains Ed Begley Jr., Bobby Sherman and Fabian have their way, however, the show will never get off the ground.
The supporting cast is dotted with such cult-flick icons as Dick Miller, Jackie Joseph and Mary Woronov. The musical portion of the program is handled by the likes of Malcolm McDowell, Lou Reed (as a Bob Dylan type) and Bill Henderson (as a Muddy Waters takeoff). In case it hasn’t been made clear already, the main “joke” of Get Crazy is the presence in the cast of actors as musicians and musicians as actors; it is to the film’s credit that this one joke never wears out its welcome.
Get Crazy (1983)
Directed by: Allan Arkush
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Allen Garfield, Daniel Stern, Gail Edwards, Miles Chapin, Stacey Nelkin, Lori Eastside, Bill Henderson
Screenplay by: Danny Opatoshu, Henry Rosenbaum
Cinematography by: Thomas Del Ruth
Film Editing by: Kent Beyda, Michael Jablow
Costume Design by: Rosanna Norton
Set Decoration by: Thomas L. Roysden
Art Direction by: Elayne Barbara Ceder
Music by: Michael Boddicker
Distributed by: Embassy Pictures
Release Date: August 5, 1983