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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

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The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find some treasure.



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Release Date:

2 December 1963 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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$9,400,000 (estimated)


$46,300,000 (USA)

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(edited) | (restored video) | (extended re-edit) (Laserdisc) | (original) | (roadshow) | (extended)

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(Westrex Recording System) (35mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.76 : 1
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A classic you'll never get tired of watching
24 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My parents took us when we were little kids and we saw It's a Mad Mad Mad World in 1964. I don't remember much about it because I was only 6 years old back then, but I do remember the audience in the movie theater laughing continuously.

I bought the DVD, which was remastered in DTS Surround Sound, a couple of months ago and it's definitely a good comedy classic to have. My parents came over and they watched it on my High Definition 52" DLP TV, with Surround Sound and they loved it. There's never a dull moment in it because it's good clean comedy that doesn't have to rely on vulgar language, nudity or violence to win the approval of crowds. They definitely don't make movies like that anymore, that's why I gave it a rating of 10.

Although most of the actors in it have passed on, I still love the comedy and acting styles of Milton Berle, Spencer Tracy, Ethel Merman, Buddy Hackett, Terry Thomas and others, plus there are cameo appearances in there with Jerry Lewis, Jack Benny and The Three Stooges.

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