The cinematic worldwide sensation that you’d have to be crazy not to like – sit back, grab a coke and smile.
The Gods Must Be Crazy is a 1980 South African comedy written and directed by Jamie Uys, and starring Nǃxau ǂToma, Marius Weyers and Sandra Prinsloo.
Set in Botswana, it follows the story of Xi (Nǃxau), the leader of a tribe in a remote African desert who has no knowledge of the world beyond it.
The people live a happy life, that is, until a Coca-Cola bottle is thrown from a passing plane, landing in the middle of their village.
The tribesmen believe that it is a gift from the gods, and start to fight over it, eventually using it as a weapon. Believing it will restore peace, Xi decides to take the bottle back to the gods.
As he journeys to the “end of the world” he finds himself crossing paths with a bumbling scientist called Andrew Steyn (Weyers), and a band of guerrillas who have taken a newly hired village schoolteacher (Prinsloo) and her class hostage.
The Gods Must be Crazy is a highly original and hilarious comedy filled with wonderful performances, especially from its leading man, who amazingly had never acted before.
Made in slapstick style, with a simple, ridiculous premise that has no business working so well, it’s deep, funny, and still relevant even today.
Real-life Bushman and star of the film Nǃxau ǂToma only earned $300 for his work on the film, despite it going on to gross over $100 million worldwide.
Financed from local sources, it is the most commercially successful release in the history of South Africa’s film industry.
The film is the first in The Gods Must Be Crazy series.
Watch the official trailer for The Gods Must be Crazy HERE: