Crazy (2007 film)

Crazy is a 2007 independent feature biographical musical/drama film starring Waylon Payne and Ali Larter.

Crazy
Directed byRick Bieber
Produced byRick Bieber
Alan Cohen
Richard Mann
Joel McDonell
Ray Scherr
Steve Vai
Written byRick Bieber
Jason Ehlers
Brent Boyd
StarringWaylon Payne
Ali Larter
Brad Hawkins
Lane Garrison
Scott Michael Campbell
David Conrad
John Fleck
Timothy Omundson
Brent Briscoe
Beau Baxter
Raymond O'Connor
Eden Rountree
Silas Weir Mitchell
Music byHank Garland
Larry Klein
Willie Nelson
CinematographyCraig Haagensen
Edited byTom Rolf
Distributed byFN Crazy Film LLC (independent)
Release date
  • December 10, 2007 (2007-12-10)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Inspired by the life of Nashville guitarist Hank Garland, the movie was filmed from January 13 to February 12, 2005, in Los Angeles, California.

Plot

Crazy is the story of a legendary guitar player who emerged from Nashville in the 1950s. Blessed with incomparable, natural talent, Hank Garland quickly established his reputation as the finest sessions player in Nashville. Artists such as Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, The Everly Brothers, and Elvis Presley all sought Hank’s brilliant playing for their recordings. Moving effortlessly from country, to rock-a-billy, to jazz, Hank was also quickly recognized by the likes of Dave Brubeck, Gary Burton, Joe Morello, and Joe Benjamin.

The Nashville scene was a unique place in the 1950s – dominated by a small group of executives and musicians who controlled the studios, labels and unions. Hank, in his arrogance and pursuit of musical excellence, often came into conflict with the business, social and racial culture he found both restrictive and frequently frustrating.

Some people say that a near-fatal car accident, which Hank suffered, was a result of tragic response to dreams unfulfilled. Others will say that the subsequent electro-shock therapy, which was ordered by his doctors, may have contributed to ending Hank’s playing career at the age of thirty-one. Four years later his wife dies in her own car accident.

Historians have questioned the accuracy some of the movie's points, noting that Garland was a member of Nashville's fabled "A-Team" of session players, with whom he socialized in the 1950s, and who rallied around him in the wake of his accident.

Cast

Awards

Crazy won the Best of Fest award at the Real to Reel International Film Festival in 2008.


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