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Silent Movie (1976)

 -  Comedy  -  16 June 1976 (USA)
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A film director and his strange friends struggle to produce the first major silent feature film in forty years.

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Studio Chief
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Engulf
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Devour
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Vilma Kaplan
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Pregnant Lady
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Newsvendor
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Maitre d'
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Intensive Care Nurse
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Studio Chief's Secretary
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Man in Tailor Shop
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Blindman
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Storyline

Aspiring filmmakers Mel Funn, Marty Eggs and Dom Bell go to a financially troubled studio with an idea for a silent movie. In an effort to make the movie more marketable, they attempt to recruit a number of big name stars to appear, while the studio's creditors attempt to thwart them. The film contains only one word of dialogue, spoken by an unlikely source. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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Comedy

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16 June 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La última locura de Mel Brooks  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,400,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 7,052,046 (Sweden)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the sneak preview of the silent movie, several posters for Young Frankenstein (1974) are visible in theater lobby. See more »

Goofs

When Mel Funn walks into Big Picture Studios to sell his idea of a silent movie to the CEO, his fingers are supposed to be stuck crossed together. For a few seconds after entering the office his fingers return to normal before shaking the CEO's hand. See more »

Quotes

Mel Funn: [seen as an insert title] Mr. Marceau, how would you like to appear in the first silent movie made in nearly fifty years?
Marcel Marceau: [in French, the only spoken line in the film] Non!
Dom Bell: [seen as an insert title after Mel hangs up the phone] What did he say?
Mel Funn: [seen as an insert title] I don't know. I don't speak French!
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Crazy Credits

At the opening credits, the 20th Century Fox logo is shown on a billboard, past which Mel Brooks drives. Then the credits begin. See more »


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Music by Jacob Gade
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20 November 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Mel Brooks' comedies are made for the pure pleasure of having a good time and to enjoy what the master has decided give us in the way of sheer comic relief. His movies are a riot of visual and witty gags; they are completely insane. Granted, his humor is not for everybody, but those of us that appreciate this great man's talent, truly have a ball watching this picture about the lunacy in the movie industry, again and again.

Mr. Brooks and his sidekicks, Dom DeLouise and Marty Feldman do amazing things. Basically it's all visual, since there's no sound for the viewer to react to what one sees on the screen.

The guest cast is incredible as well. Anne Bancroft, Bernadette Peters, Paul Newman, James Caan, Burt Reynolds, Sid Caesar, and the rest appear to be having the time of their lives as Mr. Brooks pull the strings so we can have a great time.

This is a great film to watch with friends; the more, the merrier!


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