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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Capt. T. G. Culpepper
... J. Russell Finch
... Melville Crump
... Benjy Benjamin
... Mrs. Marcus
... Ding Bell
... Sylvester Marcus
... Otto Meyer
... J. Algernon Hawthorne
... Lennie Pike
... Monica Crump
... Emeline Marcus-Finch
... Second Cab Driver
... Tyler Fitzgerald
... Biplane Pilot
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Storyline

The story begins during a massive traffic jam, caused by reckless driver Smiler Grogan, who, before kicking the bucket, cryptically tells the assembled drivers that he's buried a fortune in stolen loot, under the Big W. All of the motorists set out to find the fortune. Written by Jwelch5742

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


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Release Date:

2 December 1963 (UK)  »

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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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(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

Marvin Kaplan said that he and Arnold Stang were given the job of "entertaining" Jonathan Winters during the periods in between his scenes. See more »

Goofs

The wings of the Beech 18 change color between red and blue several times. See more »

Quotes

Air traffic control tower staffer: If you can, give us your position. Who is flying the plane?
Ding Bell: [Benji is at the controls] What do you mean "who's flying the plane"? Nobody's flying the plane!
[Benji scowls at Ding]
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Crazy Credits

When the globe explodes and credits fall everywhere, the credits of the animators who worked on the title sequence can be seen. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jawan Muhabat (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Thirty-one Flavors
(1963) (uncredited)
Music by Ernest Gold
Lyrics by Mack David
Played by The Four Mads
Sung by The Shirelles
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Greatest comedy of all time, period.
5 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

I never planned to write a review for this movie, until I took a stroll through the user comments, and was shocked at all the people who think it is.... God help us... overrated. No way. If anything, it is UNDERrated. I see people complaining about the endless shouting, the over the top slapstick, the brashness, the loudness, the length. I can only conclude that these people are a bunch of humorless dorks.

First of all, you can't just sit down to watch a three hour movie without knowing what you're in for. This is not your typical comedy--this is an EPIC comedy, the first of its kind, that inspired other such epics as "Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines" and "The Great Race" (which happens to be my favorite comedy--in fact, I'd like to say it's the better movie, but props go to this one for inventing the genre). And I can't speak for everyone else, but this movie leaves me laughing from start to finish.

Yes, it is very long, but it NEVER has a dull moment. Even if the amazing car stunts aren't particularly funny, you can't tell me they aren't wildly entertaining. I have yet to see an action movie with better car chases than these. And yes, the slapstick is ridiculously over the top, although I can't see how that's a problem (the gas station scene is one of the funniest in movie history, in my opinion). But underneath all the slapstick and shouting, holding the whole movie together, is that incredibly cynical message. It is a movie about kind, decent folks turning into law-breaking lunatics and ruining their lives for the sake of money. The subplot with Spencer Tracey realizing his entire life has been a waste, and then ruining what life he has left, is one of the most tragic story lines I have seen. But it's also pretty darn funny.

All the critics need to lighten up and see this for the absurd, delirious, hysterical farce it is.

10/10 stars.


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