Ster Kinekor released The Gods Must Be Crazy to South African theaters on September 10, 1980. 20th Century Fox released it to the United States four years later on July 9, 1984. It grossed $34.3 million worldwide. Jamie Uys directed the comedy which starred N!xau, Marius Weyers, and Sandra Prinsloo.
‘The Gods Must Be Crazy’ Movie Summary
The Gods Must Be Crazy begins with a tribe of bushmen living contently in the middle of the Kalahari Desert. They take only what they need from the land. That philosophy has resulted in a life of joy, simplicity, and no crime. One day, as a plane flies over the desert, its pilot throws his empty Coca-cola bottle out the window. It falls to the earth, unbroken.
The bushmen find the bottle, and think that it’s a gift from the gods because it has so many uses. Unfortunately, the gods only gave them one. Soon, everyone in the tribe wants to use it for their own purpose. Anger and violence consume the simple people because of it. The elders confer, and they decide that they must get rid of the “evil thing,” but their attempts fail. Someone manages to find the bottle a day later. Xi must throw the bottle off the edge of the world to get rid of it once and for all.
Meanwhile, biologist Andrew Steyn, is busy studying the animals of the Kalahari for his doctorate in Botswana. The local reverend is asks him to pick up Kate Thompson in a nearby village, and bring her to his village. Kate has become overwhelmed as a reporter living in the hustle and bustle of Cape Town, South Africa, and has decided to take a job in the Botswana village teaching the local children.
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