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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.

Director:

Mel Brooks

Writers:

Gene Wilder (screen story and screenplay), Mel Brooks (screen story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Wilder ... Dr. Frederick Frankenstein
Peter Boyle ... The Monster
Marty Feldman ... Igor
Madeline Kahn ... Elizabeth
Cloris Leachman ... Frau Blücher
Teri Garr ... Inga
Kenneth Mars ... Inspector Kemp
Richard Haydn ... Herr Falkstein
Liam Dunn ... Mr. Hilltop
Danny Goldman ... Medical Student
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Sadistic Jailor (as Oscar Beregi)
Arthur Malet ... Village Elder
Richard A. Roth Richard A. Roth ... Insp. Kemp's Aide (as Richard Roth)
Monte Landis Monte Landis ... Gravedigger
Rusty Blitz Rusty Blitz ... Gravedigger
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Storyline

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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Come Early... Get a Seat! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

"Sweet Mystery of Life" is from the Victor Herbert operetta "Naughty Marietta", which was originally on Broadway in 1910. See more »

Goofs

In the early classroom scene, the doctor is giving medical students rudimentary lessons on the parts of the brain, as if they were 1st day high school science students. Medical students should be years past this level of instruction. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

Based on characters in the novel "Frankenstein" by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. See more »

Alternate Versions

In some versions of the movie, a scene which showed Dr. Frankenstein demonstrating the Monster's power of balance by placing an empty milk bottle in one of the creature's hands, and a full milk bottle in the other hand, was later cut. For years, the only existing media of this scene was a photo in the paperback book of YF. However, in fall 2008, footage of this scene finally appeared on the blu-ray edition of the film, in which two angles of the missing scene were shown. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

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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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Great Homage
9 July 2015 | by schroeder-gustavoSee all my reviews

Young Frankenstein is a great parody of classic horror films, particularly Frankenstein. The greatest thing about this Mel Brook's comedy classic is that you can really tell it was made with so much affection for both Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein.

I think most of the humor in the movie is hit or miss, but in my case it was mostly hit. There were some parts in the movie that tried to be funny but I didn't quite get it, mostly because it feels at times very immature and juvenile, but most at the time, the movie is actually very mature and it understands the type of movie that it is. Most of the time this is actually a very smart film, not everyone could achieve this affectionate parody, but Mel Brooks did it and that is praise-worthy. The movie features an amazing performance from Gene Wilder as Frankenstein, he was cast perfectly for the role. The cinematography really resembles that of the original Frankenstein films, which I loved.

Young Frankenstein is a great comedy, a movie that understands what it is doing most of the time and, although childish at times, I think fans of the original Frankenstein films and horror classics in general will enjoy this one.


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Country:

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Language:

English | German

Release Date:

15 December 1974 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$86,273,333

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,273,333
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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