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It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

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

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
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Storyline

After a long prison sentence Smiler Grogan is heading at high speed to a California park where he hid $350,000 from a job 15 years previously. He accidentally careens over a cliff in view of four cars whose occupants go down to help. The dying Grogan gives details of where the money is buried and when the witnesses fail to agree on sharing the cash, a crazy chase develops across the state. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Everybody who's ever been funny is in it! See more »


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2 December 1963 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

It's a Mad World  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$46,300,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,000,000, 31 December 1970
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Technical Specs

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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)

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2.76 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was so crammed with action that each leading actor was given two scripts: one for the dialogue and one for physical comedy. See more »

Goofs

When Lenny Pike is sitting in the convertible and explains the story of the "BIG W", the passenger's door of the car is open and it remains open while he gets out of the car and walks around to dispose of the bicycle. When Meyer pulls away, the door is closed, although Meyer never leans over to close the door and no slam is heard (which would have happened if the door closed on its own with the motion of the car) See more »

Quotes

[last scene: Mrs. Marcus, with Emmeline and Monica in tow, enter the hospital where all the men are hospitalized, right after Benjy throws a banana peel on the floor]
Mrs. Marcus: Now see here, you idiots, it's all your fault, because if you hadn't...
[Mrs. Marcus slips on the banana peel and falls back-first on the floor]
Sylvester Marcus: Mama!
[all the hospitalized men, except Sylvester and Captain Culpeper, burst out laughing uproariously as Mrs. Marcus is put on a stretcher and taken away]
Mrs. Marcus: Don't you dare touch me! Get away...
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Crazy Credits

The animators who animated the opening title sequence were technically uncredited on film, but they did get their names in during the shot where the giant globe "explodes" and there is a shower of name credits strewn over the screen. Freeze-frame reveals the names of all the animators. This is the same animation team who did A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965). See more »

Connections

Featured in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

You Satisfy My Soul
(1963) (uncredited)
Music by Ernest Gold
Lyrics by Mack David
Played by The Four Mads
Sung by The Shirelles
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Yes, It's Loud But It's An Incredible Comedy Classic
27 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Well, if I named all the famous comedians who were in this film it would a long, long review. Just check the credits - it's unbelievable! Suffice to say, it was an "all-star" cast of everybody you could think of who was a big-name comedian in 1963 including some old-timers like Mickey Rooney, Milton Berle, etc. Add a famous dramatic actor, Spencer Tracy, to the mix,, too, and you have one of the most famous comedies ever put on film.

When I saw this in the theater, and even in the '80s on tape, I liked it immensely, but now it's just a bit loud and too much for me in spots. I'm either getting too old or this film is getting to look dated and corny.....probably both. However, if you want three hours of pure lunacy and escapist fare, you could do a whole lot worse.

Despite all the shouting, this film has some of the all-time most memorable comedy scenes ever put on film. Plus, unlike today's comedies, there is no profanity, no sex, no blood....just silliness and one wild scene after another, with an unbelievable slapstick ending atop a building.

For anyone who collects movies, or enjoys a good laugh, this a "must" for your collection, and I don't say that very often. However, as I get older, all that yelling and screaming has made me downgrade my rating from 10 to 9 to 8 and now 7.


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