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Young Frankenstein (1974)

PG | | Comedy | 15 December 1974 (USA)
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An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
... The Monster
... Igor
... Elizabeth
... Frau Blücher
... Inga
... Inspector Kemp
... Herr Falkstein
Liam Dunn ... Mr. Hilltop
Danny Goldman ... Medical Student
... Sadistic Jailor (as Oscar Beregi)
... Village Elder
Richard Roth ... Insp. Kemp's Aide
Monte Landis ... Gravedigger
Rusty Blitz ... Gravedigger
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A young neurosurgeon (Gene Wilder) inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a funny hunchback called Igor, a pretty lab assistant named Inga and the old housekeeper, frau Blucher -iiiiihhh!-. Young Frankenstein believes that the work of his grandfather is only crap, but when he discovers the book where the mad doctor described his reanimation experiment, he suddenly changes his mind... Written by Flavio Rizzardi <spillo@maya.dei.unpid.it>

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$2,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$86,300,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While Mel Brooks didn't appear in this film, there is a gargoyle "that looks suspiciously familiar". It is in the last scene, and can be seen on the far left after the camera pulls back from Igor playing the French Horn. It may not be visible in pan-and-scan versions. See more »

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During Dr. Frankenstein's lecture, the drawing of the brainstem changes by the end of the scene. See more »

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[first lines]
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: If we look at the base of a brain, which has just been removed from the skull, there's very little of the mid-brain that we can actually see. Yet, as I demonstrated in my lecture last week, if the under aspects of the temporal lobes are gently pulled apart, the upper portion of the stem of the brain can be seen. The so-called "brain stem" consists of the mid-brain, a rounded protrusion called the pons, and a stalk tapering downwards called the medulla oblongata, which passes out of...
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Puttin' on the Ritz
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Written by Irving Berlin
Sung and Danced by Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle
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Probably the best comedy I've ever seen
4 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

If you love comedies, but haven't seen Young Frankenstein, you're in for a delicious treat.After three decades, it still makes people laugh to death, and it's a must-see for every spoof lover in the world.

Actually, it's not a parody, but a homage by Mel Brooks to James Whale's classic,shot in black and white on the same location and with the same props.

The "hero" is Dr.Frederick Frankenstein(Gene Wilder), who, after a long period in which he hated it, decides to repeat his grandfather's experiment.The result is the Transylvanians want to kill him, despite the fact that the monster is the most harmless creature in the world.

This sort of sequel to the original Frankenstein is hilarious from start to finish, mostly because of two actors:Peter Boyle and Martin Feldman.The former is great as the mute creature(he'll compensate that by talking too much in Everybody Loves Raymond), particularly in the scene with Gene Hackman's Blind Man.But it's Feldman's Igor that makes this film unmissable.No wonder, given he's got the best lines("Wait Master.It might be dangerous...you go first").

With no doubt Mel Brooks' masterpiece.

The Scary Movie franchise wishes it was this good.


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