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Crazy (2008)

  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 296 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | Music
  • Runtime: USA:106 min
  • Filming Location: Agoura Hills, California, USA
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Crazy (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Crazy (2008)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 296 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | Music
  • Runtime: USA:106 min
  • Filming Location: Agoura Hills, California, USA
  • Director: Rick Bieber
  • Stars: Waylon Payne, Ali Larter and Lane Garrison
  • Original Music By: Larry Klein   
  • Soundtrack: Nothing That You Were
  • Plot Keyword: Guitar | 1950s | Jazz | Assassination | Doctor

Writing Credits By:

  • Rick Bieber (written by) and
  • Jason Ehlers (written by) and
  • Brent Boyd (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Based on the life of Nashville guitar player Hank Garland.

Goofs: Anachronisms: Hank's car wreck occurred in the early 60's, when he is taken to the mental hospital the ambulance driver was wearing a star of life patch on his jacket. This patch was not designed until the late 60's and did not come into prominent use until the middle 70's.

Plot: Inspired by the life of Hank Garland, CRAZY is the story of a legendary guitar player who emerged from Nashville in the 1950's. |  »

Story: Inspired by the life of Hank Garland, CRAZY is the story of a legendary guitar player who emerged from Nashville in the 1950's.

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Rick Bieber known as producer
  • Alan Cohen known as co-producer
  • Richard Mann known as line producer
  • Joel McDonell known as associate producer
  • Ray Scherr known as executive producer
  • Steve Vai known as executive producer
  • Straw Weisman known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Waylon Payne known as Hank Garland
  • Ali Larter known as Evelyn Garland
  • Lane Garrison known as Billy Garland
  • Scott Michael Campbell known as Billy Byrd
  • David Conrad known as Ryan Bradford
  • John Fleck known as Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas
  • Timothy Omundson known as Paul Howard (as Tim Omundson)
  • Brent Briscoe known as Doug
  • Beau Baxter known as Producer Jerry
  • Raymond O'Connor known as Jimmy
  • Eden Rountree known as Thelma
  • Silas Weir Mitchell known as Neal
  • David Agranov known as Elvis Musician
  • Mandy Barnett known as Patsy Cline
  • Allison Bibicoff known as Brenda the Dixie Receptionist
  • Dwier Brown known as Businessman in suit
  • Brian Buckley known as Windsor Hotel Clerk
  • Johnny 'Vegas' Burton known as Paul Desmond
  • Alexander Cardinale known as Hank's Fiddle Player – Reunion Band
  • Alan Cohen known as Ryman Thug
  • Nick Collins known as Chicago Hotel Clerk
  • Shawn Colvin known as Kitty Wells
  • Chris Cordone known as Well Dressed Man
  • Liza Crisci known as Red Skirt Fan
  • Ryan Cross known as Joe Benjamin
  • Christopher Curry known as Dr. Taylor
  • Stacy Earl known as Goldie Hill
  • Sandra Echeverría known as Sultry brunette (scenes deleted)
  • Abdul Salaam El Razzac known as Green Light Bartender
  • Chris Ellis known as Glen the Carousel Manager
  • Gerald Emerick known as Red Foley
  • Evans Forde known as Chet Atkins
  • Will Greenberg known as Disc Jockey
  • Brad Hawkins known as Bobby Helms
  • Brian Jones known as Roy Orbison
  • Jeff Kollman known as Barry Galbraith
  • Tony MacAlpine known as Wes Montgomery
  • Maya McLaughlin known as (scenes deleted)
  • Katharine McPhee known as Paramount Girl
  • Michael O'Neill known as Ralph Christianson
  • Chris Palermo known as Thug #2
  • David Pease known as Chicago Hotel Manager
  • Jason Poss known as Gary Burton
  • Larry Rippenkroeger known as Thug #1
  • James Ryan known as Ryman Thug
  • Jason Scherr known as Joe Morello
  • Lauren Scherr known as Brentwood Bartender
  • Jason Alan Smith known as Elvis Presley
  • Scott St. Blaze known as Studio Musician – Elvis Session
  • Nicole Steinwedell known as Girl from Byrd's room
  • Amanda Tepe known as Gail Garland
  • Jeff Urquhart known as Columbia Engineer
  • Steve Vai known as Hank Williams
  • Ryan Wright known as Eddy Arnold
  • Kayleen Ancheta known as Elvis Girlfriend (uncredited)
  • Danny Bergen known as Ernest Tubb (uncredited)
  • David Boller known as Autry Inman, Cowboy Copas' bass player (uncredited)
  • Kristin M. Burke known as Back-up Singer: Goldie Hill (uncredited)
  • James C. Burns known as Cowboy Copas Piano Player (uncredited)
  • Michael Calder known as Bartender (uncredited)
  • Mike Falkow known as Jingle Bell Rock Musician (uncredited)
  • David Foy known as Fiddle Player (uncredited)
  • Jake Galasso known as Orderly #1 (uncredited)
  • Summer LeAnn known as Teen Girl 1 (uncredited)
  • Aimee Moraca known as Paramount Girl (uncredited)
  • Ed Refuerzo known as Hawaiian Delivery Guy (uncredited)
  • Lucy Rendler-Kaplan known as Cocktail Waitress (uncredited)
  • Stanton Rutledge known as Piano Player (uncredited)
  • Michael Small known as Steel player, Copas band (uncredited)
  • Zach Sobel known as Guitar Player, Cottonpickers Band (uncredited)
  • Paul Statman known as Mandolin, Copas Band (uncredited)
  • Scott Workman known as Man (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Kristin Berge known as key hair stylist
  • Brent Keene known as assistant hair stylist
  • Tracy Manzo known as assistant makeup artist
  • Francesca Maxwell known as additional makeup artist
  • Vivian Maxwell known as key makeup artist
  • Terry Robbins known as hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Brendon Cowsill known as set dresser
  • Tiffany Cowsill known as lead person
  • Lisa De Alva known as property mistress
  • Talia Glass known as set dress intern
  • Maria Jaramillo known as set painter
  • Cynthia Kershaw known as art department coordinator
  • Lita Minger known as on-set dresser
  • Aimee Moraca known as art department assistant (as Aimee Wilkison)
  • Chris Ridino known as construction coordinator
  • Jonathan Rose known as labor foreman
  • Tim Scheu known as leadman
  • Erik Thomson known as set dresser
  • Lee Thomson known as set dresser
  • Bob Warner known as paint foreman




Production Companies:

  • FN Crazy Film LLC

Other Companies:

  • BC Editorial  Avid system provided by
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
  • Elizabeth Bardsley & Associates  research
  • Favored Nations Entertainment  soundtrack
  • Jensen Communications  public relations
  • Jensen Communications  publicity
  • Wow & Flutter  sound post-production


  • Eagle Entertainment (2009) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Pan Vision Oy (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
  • Screen Media Ventures



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • David M. Blum known as visual effects supervisor
  • James W. Riley known as visual effects supervisor
  • David Stipes known as visual effects assistant (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 2 November 2007 (American Film Market)
  • USA 2 March 2008 (Sedona International Film Festival)
  • USA 28 March 2008 (Method Fest Independent Film Festival)
  • USA 13 April 2008 (Palm Beach International Film Festival)
  • USA 18 April 2008 (Riverside International Film Festival)
  • USA 2 May 2008 (Charleston International Film Festival)
  • USA 9 May 2008 (Delray Beach Film Festival)
  • USA 15 May 2008 (Jacksonville Film Festival)
  • USA 17 May 2008 (Big Island Film Festival)
  • USA 3 June 2008 (Hoboken International Film Festival)
  • USA 6 June 2008 (Breckenridge Film Festival)
  • USA 7 June 2008 (Boston International Film Festival)
  • USA 14 June 2008 (New Jersey International Film and Video Festival)
  • USA 18 June 2008 (Provincetown International Film Festival)
  • USA 9 July 2008 (Long Island International Film Expo)
  • USA 25 July 2008 (Wine Country Film Festival)
  • USA 25 July 2008 (Real to Reel Film Festival)
  • USA 2 August 2008 (Woods Hole Film Festival)
  • USA 7 August 2008 (Rhode Island International Film Festival)
  • USA 10 August 2008 (Sacramento Film and Music Festival)
  • USA 15 August 2008 (River's Edge Film Festival)
  • USA 9 September 2008 (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
  • USA 12 September 2008 (SoCal Independent Film Festival)
  • USA 20 September 2008 (Illinois International Film Festival)
  • USA 27 September 2008 (San Diego Film Festival)
  • USA 4 October 2008 (Scottsdale International Film Festival)
  • Finland 18 June 2009 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for language and some sexual content



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. jagdriver62 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:18 pm

    I recently saw Crazy at the Hoboken Film Festival and was blown away byevery aspect of the movie. Not knowing anything about the life of HankGarland I was captivated from the opening scene to the very end. Themovie is extremely well written and well cast. The actors have theircharacters down pat and give very believable performances, especiallyWaylon Payne as Hank. Director Rick Bieber's technique of filling thescreen with his characters' faces completely draws you in, and AliLarter has never looked more beautiful. I can't wait to see it on a bigtheatrical screen. If you like music of any kind you'll find this filmfascinating.

  2. melodymaniac from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:18 pm

    …much is expected". This is the story of Hank Garland, a 1950'sNashville studio musician turned legend by way of his extraordinaryguitar picking artistry. Though Garland never quite seems to reach thepersonal plateau of his own musical genius, his story is woven with theusual highs and lows made famous by others in his peer group, mostnotably- Elvis Presley. First time movie director, Rick Bieber (whoco-wrote the movie with Jason Ehlers) has effectively managed tocombine the key elements of movie making that transfuse joy, sadnesshumor and anger from the screen to the viewer. Additionally, thestellar cast of lead actors (Waylon Payne, Ali Larter,Lane Garrison andScott Michael Campbell) have all rendered life-like performances with apalpable sense of finesse that had me holding a torch of hope forGarland, almost to the end. Sadly though, history wrote that endingwith a different curve. Nonetheless, Bieber has painted a more thanrealistic canvas necessary for this movie goer to keep from reachingfor the "clicker." Not once did I do it…and that my friends, for me,is the sign of decent flick!

  3. nicolah017 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:18 pm

    I was lucky enough to see this film at the Sacramento InternationalFilm and Music Festival. It was amazing. Waylon Payne is a great actor.I have yet to see him in "Walk The Line" but I liked him a lot in thisfilm and I hope to see him in a lot more. Ali Larter was the perfectEvelyn for this movie. It was great to see some well known actors, aswell as some not so well known actors.

    I have never heard of Hank Garland before this and I am now glad that Ihave. He was an amazing musician and I'm glad that his story is outthere for others to hear.

    I recommend others to see this, especially if they are into music. Ithink that it's an important part of music history.

  4. jenisej-1 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:18 pm

    I recently had the pleasure of seeing "Crazy" at the Breckenridge FilmFestival. It is an awesome movie, and won "Best of Fest" at thisFestival. The story centers on the life of Hank Garland, a talentedmusician who played with the likes of Elvis Presley and Patsy Cline.

    The costumes and scenes are fabulous and immediately give you thefeeling of being in the 1950's. From the beginning, this movie drawsyou into its characters and you not only care about them, but cannotwait to find out what happens next. There is a good bit of humor mixedinto the drama, and between the poignant moments, you will laugh outloud. The lead role, of Hank Garland, played by Waylon Payne, won BestActor at this Festival. The depth of his emotions and performanceamazed me.

    Besides a great story, fabulous scenes and costumes, and terrificacting, you also get a great soundtrack. I am only minimally versed orinterested in country music, and yet I have every intention of buyingthis soundtrack. The music selections are classics and sure to be anaddition to your musical library. When this movie opens nationally, Iwill pay to go see it again!

  5. peacherpeace from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:18 pm

    Hi, I saw CRAZY at the Charleston International Film, South Carolina at the Terrace, and thought it was awesome on the big screen,the music, the acting was really impressive! I had no idea about themusic industry back then and how musicians were treated in regards tocontract terms, rights, etc. It really opened my eyes and isinteresting to compare how it was then to now. It's really crazy,tragic and also inspiring when you realize this person put music aboveall else, fought against the system that was completely slanted infavor of the studios and how he maintained after a turn of bad luck.I've had the chance to speak with friends of Hank Garland at thescreening, musicians and friends of his. One senior lady came in slowlyand mentioned she and Hank were friends. I told her I'd love to hearafterwards if the movie was accurate of his life and maverickpersonality. Afterwards she said it was just like she remembered him.If you have a chance to see this film CRAZY in a theater somewhere, I'ddefinitely recommend checking it out….

  6. diannanilsson from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:18 pm

    As part of the reviewing committee for the Breckenridge Festival ofFilm, I knew that "Crazy" was a film that had to be shown here!! Crazywon best drama and Waylon Payne won best actor. The music is fabulousas well as the directing, filming and costumes. For an indie, this isvery professionally done.

    The movie is based on the true story of Hank Garland who played withthe musical talents of Elvis Presley and Patsy Cline. I highlyrecommend this film. Here are some other comments from Breckfilmfestreviewers:

    Wow loved this film. very high quality and music was fantastic. storyflowed well keeping the attention of those of us watching. watched thiswith friends and they all loved it and felt it would be film festivalquality.

    Awesome film…..great acting…FABULOUS music. Totally enjoyed thedocu/drama. A must for the fest.

    Very well done. A time piece and a great success. Sad story of HankGarland. A very well told story. Just a bit slow in a couple of places.Good acting and casting and filming. Very well done.

  7. Sam Rodgers from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:18 pm

    I was able to view this film at the Charleston Film Festival where itwon Best Picture. I did not know who Hank Garland was. I thought it wasa big film for the festival which is why I wanted to view it, there wasa lot of hype on the film before it came to Charleston, SC.

    I was pleasantly surprised at the casting of the film. Waylon Paynewhich at the time didn't know he was also in Walk the Line was anamazing feature to the film. Ali Larter of course is known to manymovie goers but Waylon stole the performance. He was great on camera,very believable, an extraordinary actor. I look forward to seeing moreof what he can do on film.

    I would recommend seeing this film when it releases. Rick Bieber is nota new filmmaker, he has a long Bio of being in charge of HBO Picturesto Producing such films that we already know such as Flatliners. Thiswas a great effort, I applaud the entire Cast & Crew, job well done!

  8. Suz51651 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:18 pm

    "Crazy" held great appeal for me in that it was believable, cast well,had good content and stellar acting. I particularly enjoyed the openingscene, where and how it took the viewers and felt it was an easy movieto follow. I never got lost and or lose interest which happens withtoday's movies far too often. I was riveted to the screen frombeginning to end. I loved the music (all of it), the authenticity ofthe sound, costumes, sets, colors, cars, instruments – for me, it allworked. I felt as though I was taken on a journey through thecharacters lives and could empathize with each and every one. I ran thegamut of emotions from joy, pain, frustration, hope, disappointment andultimately wonder. The music was magnificent, great score. The actorsmorphed into their characters and were totally believable. I actuallylost all track of time and was surprised and disappointed when themovie ended – I wanted more. Not being a huge fan of country music, yetloving music, I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it and nowlisten to the CD frequently, particularly the title song "Crazy" sungby Stacy Earl. I enjoyed the format of the movie and though it wasdark, it had other elements that allowed me to forgive the grim ending.As a movie goer, we all want happy endings but realize in real life,and this was real life, that isn't always the case. On the contrary,this was and seems to be typical of celebrity. I'm wondering if there'syet more story to be told about these people. It seemed to me therecould be more content about their personal lives that could be revealedwithout the movie being overworked or overdone. What happened to thecharacters later on? Who was with whom, who lived, who died, how didthey cope? Feeling this way makes me want more and that was what I wasexperiencing after viewing it. I wanted more. The best compliment I cangive any film, concert, play, etc., is to leave wanting more and I ratethis movie a 10.

  9. bigkahunaprod from Waikoloa Beach Resort, Hawaii
    30 Mar 2012, 10:18 pm

    In Hawaii where the residents truly value guitar talent and a goodstory, Crazy did not leave the 2008 Big Island Film Festival audiencesdisappointed. Although the Hawaiian guitar music is slack key style,the audiences appreciated the tumultuous story of Hank Garland'sNashville career. Under the stars, both residents and visitors enjoyedthe story, the performance of Waylon, the technical quality of thefilms and the music of the era. Many commented on how much the music ofCrazy was tied to the music of their parents. Many also asked whenCrazy was coming to the theaters, so they could see it again and shareit with their friends. It was a hit at Big Island Film Festival and wonthe Golden Honu Award for Best Feature. We are looking forward to RicBieber's next film.

  10. lcarabello ( from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 10:18 pm

    When I sat down to view Crazy! at the Hoboken, NJ film festival Ishould have asked for a seat belt. Sad, amusing, romantic and full ofsurprises would describe this first rate production — and I am noteven a fan of country and western music! Anyone with a heart and soulwill relate to Bieber's realistic presentation of Hank Garland'spowerful life. Yes, I was teary-eyed but also grateful that this storyhas been brought to the screen.

    Crazy! was well-deserving of the first place recognition. I left thetent-theatre feeling fulfilled and enlightened about a period inhistory that merits our attention. Hats off to the talented actors andthe entire production crew.

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