|The Gods Must Be Crazy II|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jamie Uys|
|Produced by||Jerry Weintraub|
|Written by||Jamie Uys|
|Narrated by||Paddy O'Byrne|
|Music by||Charles Fox|
|Edited by||Renée Engelbrecht|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures
(USA & Canada)
20th Century Fox
The Gods Must Be Crazy II is a 1989 South African comedy film, a sequel to Jamie Uys' 1980 comedy film, The Gods Must Be Crazy, and it is the second film in The Gods Must Be Crazy film series. It was made by the Weintraub Entertainment Group and released by Columbia Pictures in the US and released in the rest of the world by 20th Century Fox. The film was released in the United States on 13 April 1990.
The film is split into four stories:
- Xixo trying to find his lost children
- Two elephant poachers travelling in a truck on which Xixo's children are stuck
- A zoologist and a lawyer stranded in a desert
- Two soldiers fighting each other
The story starts with two elephant poachers crossing the area in which Xixo's tribe lives. Curious about their vehicle, Xixo's son Xiri and daughter Xisa climb into the water tank trailer and are subsequently taken for an involuntary ride as the poachers continue. Xixo follows the truck on foot, determined to retrieve his children.
A young lawyer named Ann Taylor arrives at a bush clinic to participate in a lecture. Since she has some spare time, she accepts the invitation by a young man to take a joyride in his two-seat, twin engined ultralight aircraft. They go to see scientist Dr. Stephen Marshall, who exchanges places with the other pilot so he and Ann can continue on, but the plane crashes, stranding them both in the middle of the Kalahari desert. In addition, war is brewing, personified by a lost Cuban soldier (Mateo) and his Angolan enemy (Timi), who repeatedly attempt to take each other prisoner.
In the course of the movie, all these people cross paths with Xixo and/or his children. Finally, the plot culminates in the poachers capturing Xixo, Taylor, Marshall, and the two soldiers. Xixo manages to save them, and one of the poachers, who is actually a nice guy kept under the heel of his boss, gives Xixo directions to his children. The boss poacher is captured, both soldiers come to somewhat reluctant terms and part without further violence, Taylor and Marshall return to civilisation (though not without a last embarrassing accident), and Xixo and his family are happily reunited.
- N!xau as Xixo
- Eiros as Xiri
- Nadies as Xisa
- Hans Strydom as Dr. Stephen Marshall
- Lena Farugia as Dr. Ann Taylor
- Erick Bowen as Mateo
- Treasure Tshabalala as Timi
- Pierre Van Pletzen as George
- Lourens Swanepoel as Big Ben