(456)6.51 h 46 min2008R
Brimming with the sounds and personalities of 1950s Nashville, CRAZY tells the story of legendary guitar player Hank Garland who played music on his own terms with the likes of Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, and Elvis Presley. CRAZY details the life of a star burned out too quickly: Garland pioneered music from country to jazz, but a hot temper and whirlwind romantic life lead to early tragedy. This is the never-before-told true tale of one of the greatest American musicians of the past century.
Rick Bieber
Waylon PayneAli LarterLane Garrison
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AM/FMReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starsWeak and trite !
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After more than 30 years in Country music, I found this docu-rama to be factually incorrect in numerous instances. That is enough to make me question the integrity of the rest of it. The producers didn't seem to know much (or care much) about the music. Most of it was lame, lacked soul and heart, which are two elements that define country music. The performers were reading the lyrics from cue cards while lip syncing to the audio track. It's damn hard to put your heart and soul into it if you don't "feel" it. A movie about Country music that leaves this much out is like a baseball team who leaves out the pitcher. The movie also focused heavily on Hank's womanizing which (true or not) was over done and not necessary to pay tribute to a legend. A little bit of that would have sufficed. In Summary, this movie failed in so many ways that I just couldn't tollerate it. There are much better movies about Country stars, it's too bad for Hank that this one is not one of them.
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Ron Jones, JrReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starsReally Disappointing
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I went into this expecting a lot of classic country music from the 50's. I expected a glimpse into how Hank Garland contributed to country music. I mean, he's a country music legend after all, right? No such luck. Unfortunately, the movie is more is far more focused on Garland's personal life than it is on his contributions to music. Admittedly, I only made it through half the film, so maybe it took at different turn in the second half, but it's doubtful. I just couldn't hang in there. I actually found it boring. The opening number is fantastic and got me really excited. Unfortunately, that was it. I had never heard of Hank Garland before this rental. Watching this film did not result in me thinking of Garland as a country music legend. If that was the goal, it failed. This is a pass.
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Allen GoldmanReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2016
4.0 out of 5 starsA Solid Filmography of Talented Session Ace Hank Garland
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How could you not love a film that casts one if its executive producer, guitarist Steve Vai, as the legendary Hank Williams? This film, inspired by the life of the great Nashville session guitarist Hank Garland, is a terrific music business biography. I knew Garland by name and was familiar with much of his country and early rock and roll work, but I wasn't aware that he also worked in the world of jazz. While a bit formulaic in portraying American racism in the 1950s and early 1960s, it is to be commended that the movie addresses the challenges faced by Garland and the black musicians he worked with as they sought to find partners that inspired them to new creative heights even though it would have been easier and safer to stay within the prescribed "color lines" of the times . Crazy also shows the less than fair accounting and label management practices that were relatively common during the 1950s as it tells the tale of Garland's rise and sad fall. The film doesn't portray him as a good man; it portrays him as a talented, flawed human being who was only at piece when he was making music. Waylon Payne gives a strong performance as Hank Garland as does Ali Larter as Hank's wife, Evelyn. Terrific period touches, ranging from clothing to furniture and decor to recording studios and touring vehicles, all elevate the look and feel of this modestly budgeted film which has been well shot and lit under the guidance of cinematographer Craig Haagensen. The film is solidly directed by Rick Bieber. This film definitely deserves to reach a wider audience.
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Mike SchonsReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2020
2.0 out of 5 starsslow and uninteresting
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This movie had a lot of cool, mint condition vintage guitars which is why I gave it two stars. As a story, it deserved none.
Hank Garland's life was just not all that interesting. He's credited with one hit which is a mid-level, regional star at best. Essentially, he was a great side man who never knew his place. There is always some "Star" who will say; "so-and-so was the greatest _________ I ever heard". Big deal. Real dime a dozen stuff. Happens all the time. Studios are crammed with unbelievably talented players.
This movie tried to make the story more than it was. And what it DID make was pretty boring at that.
RTReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2015
5.0 out of 5 starsThis movie opened my eyes to an important but often ...
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This movie opened my eyes to an important but often forgotten guitar legend. It also shed light on an ugly part of the music business that exposes the bigotry and racial divide in what was and perhaps may still be prevalent in the "Good Ol' Boy," network of Music City USA. He ended up on the wrong side of the status quo by choosing to record jazz with non white musicians at a time when this was not acceptable in certain persuasive circles. This may be a fictionalized tale, but there were rumors about a not-so accidental traffic accident that destroyed his career. This movie inspired me to learn more about this gifted player.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 5, 2016
3.0 out of 5 starsHank Garland, interesting...
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Storyline based on hank garland. There was nothing on TV to watch so I selected 'CRAZY'. I would call it a "b" movie to watch, but he really was a big part of the early Nashville scene. It was a surprise to know he wrote 'jingle bell rock' along with other songs he never got credit for. This was due to the Nashville bigwigs that controlled the music industry at the time.
After the movie, I was so intrigued by his story I had to Google him. He has a daughter still living (he had 2) that had to correct that was wrong in the movie. There were a few things and what she had to say was interesting.
I would have given it 4 stars, but if it were fiction it would be boring. But because it was a bio of a great person (IMHO) I have it a 3.
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Anthony W. PetrinoReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2015
3.0 out of 5 starsThe movie was generally good, but shallow only superficially touching on the most ...
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I have been a Hank Garland fan since I learned who he was in the late 70's I play jazz guitar, and admire his lightening style, and the way he mixes country into his jazz solos. An example of this is on his recording with Gary Burton on all the things you are. The movie was generally good, but shallow only superficially touching on the most interesting parts of his career such as a chance meeting with Wes Montgomery at a club in Chicago, which I hoped would expand on, did they talk? Did they play together? Questions unanswered. Also the lack of depth on his relationship with Elvis, how the Birdland Guitar came about would have been interesting to know, The jingle bell rock story should have been expanded on. I thought too much time was spent on his relationship with his wife, and other things which took away from learning more about his music. His mysterious accident, never explained. A docudrama would have been a better format for his life in the style of one done on Lenny Breau by his daughter Emily, far more informative and interesting than this movie.
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LarryReviewed in the United States on November 7, 2019
4.0 out of 5 starsGood movie....but could have been shorter by 15 minutes
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For a free movie in Amazon, I stumbled across this movie and took a chance. I'm glad I watched it. My only complaint is it was too long. It seemed to drag on a bit, and though better editing and script, they could have shaved 10-15 minutes off of it to make it more appealing.
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