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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.

Director:

Mel Brooks

Writers:

Mel Brooks (screenplay), Ron Clark (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Brooks ... Mel Funn
Marty Feldman ... Marty Eggs
Dom DeLuise ... Dom Bell
Sid Caesar ... Studio Chief
Harold Gould ... Engulf
Ron Carey ... Devour
Bernadette Peters ... Vilma Kaplan
Carol Arthur ... Pregnant Lady
Liam Dunn ... Newsvendor
Fritz Feld ... Maitre d'
Chuck McCann ... Studio Gate Guard
Valerie Curtin ... Intensive Care Nurse
Yvonne Wilder ... Studio Chief's Secretary
Harry Ritz ... Man in Tailor Shop
Charlie Callas ... 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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

16 June 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silent Movie Plus See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$36,145,695

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,145,695
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Crossbow Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The yellow sports car which Funn, Eggs and Bell ride in throughout the movie is an English, hand-built Morgan. See more »

Goofs

When Mel's car is lowered when the pregnant lady steps off, a small set of wheels can be seen below the car. These small wheels raise and low the front wheels of the car. 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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Alternate Versions

Deleted from broadcast versions: Mel Funn (Brooks) mouthing the words "You son of a bitch!" to Marty Eggs (Feldman), followed by a title card bearing the words "You bad boy!" See more »

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Spoofs Ben-Hur (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Brazil
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Music by Ary Barroso
Dance performed by Bernadette Peters
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User Reviews

a good idea/good cast but not enough good laughs
6 April 1999 | by stickboy-3See all my reviews

One word describes this movie: predictable. Unlike other Brooks movies, where a wacky scene, joke, etc. comes out of nowhere, in Silent Movie you kinda know what is gonna happen next in virtually every scene, eliminating a lot of hearty belly laughs. You kinda get the feeling you've seen some of the scenes before from The Three Stooges. The funniest thing about the movie was the weird totally different look of the 3 main characters, with Mel Funn's sailor outfit, Marty Eggs' aviator gear, and Dom Bell's pre-1950s shirt, slacks, and wide-brim hat. Overall, a very disappointing Brooks film but not as much of a snore-fest as Young Frankenstein.


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