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Silent Movie (1976)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mel Funn
... Marty Eggs
... Dom Bell
... Studio Chief
... Engulf
... Devour
... Vilma Kaplan
... Pregnant Lady
Liam Dunn ... Newsvendor
... Maitre d'
... Studio Gate Guard
... Intensive Care Nurse
... Studio Chief's Secretary
Harry Ritz ... Man in Tailor Shop
... Blindman
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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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16 June 1976 (USA)  »

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Silent Movie Plus  »

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$4,400,000 (estimated)

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$36,145,695
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Trivia

Marcel Marceau, the famous mime, has the only speaking line in this movie: "Non!" (when refusing a role in the silent film). As a result, the movie has been listed in the Guinness Book Of World Records as having the fewest spoken lines of any sound movie. See more »

Goofs

In the Studio Chief's office, the light bulb continues to throw a shadow on the wall even after Mel Funn has his idea. See more »

Quotes

Mel Funn: [mouths, very clearly] You son of a bitch!
[an insert title appears, which reads: "You bad boy."]
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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Soundtracks

Babalu
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Nobody in the silent era was ever this shameless...
3 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Once Mel Brooks got a taste of success (via the western parody "Blazing Saddles" and his monster-movie homage "Young Frankenstein"), he couldn't stop himself. This honest-to-God silent movie, full of rampaging shtick--and Brooks' celebrity friends popping in just long enough to enjoy the ride--was soon followed by a Hitchcock spoof, an historical free-for-all, twists on "Star Wars", Robin Hood, Dracula, et al. (all concepts). There aren't many original ideas here beyond the conception of Brooks, Dom DeLuise and Marty Feldman mugging shamelessly in a silent format (with title cards reiterating the visual gags with a repeat punchline; when a joke bombs, it does so twice). Bernadette Peters (perhaps standing in for Brooks stable-player Madeline Kahn) and Burt Reynolds (in a lively cameo) give the proceedings some bounce, but rubber-faced Mel is all waving hands and toothy grins...and you can't escape from him. Except for one spoken word (by mime Marcel Marceau), an energetic score and sound effects, this really is a silent movie, but inspiration runs dry, especially since the 'plot'--about modern-day filmmakers casting a silent picture with stars and hoping to save a financially-strapped movie studio--doesn't allow for comic momentum to build. If you're attuned to this kind of childishly raunchy slapstick, there are a few big laughs, and it's blessedly brief. ** from ****


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