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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 »

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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
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Crossbow Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Harry Ritz. Mel Brooks has described Ritz as "the funniest man on Earth", and one of his strongest comedic influences. 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: [via title card] Marry me and you will never have to take your clothes off again.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie, the letter O of the ending word ''GOOD BYE'' is zooming out, just like at the beginning with the word ''HELLO''. See more »

Alternate Versions

A reissue in 1978 (entitled "Silent Movie Plus") added additional scenes not in the original theatrical version. One scene reportedly had a cameo by Peter Frampton. See more »

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Soundtracks

Jalousie
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Music by Jacob Gade
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An Interesting Idea
7 November 1999 | by CHARLIE-89See all my reviews

Of course, only Mel Brooks could have the idea to make a silent movie in today's Hollywood. And silent it is-this isn't one of those films like "City Lights","Modern Times","Bean" or "Playtime" that uses background noises and dialogue. No, aside from the brilliant John Morris score, the film is completely silent. Being that this is a Mel Brooks comedy, this COULD be considered a downside. It is filled with sight gags, from a pregnant woman upsetting the balance of the back of the car; the reaction of the executives to Vilma Kaplan, the sultry spy; the video pong-game on the life support machine; and of course, the fly in the soup. Unfortunately, there are stretches where the action moves very slowly, without sufficient explanation. Also, the music score occasionally has very unpleasant, loud drum crashes to indicate when there is action, and these can be an unpleasant contrast to the surprisingly quietly recorded music score. If you want to hear the music score, you'd best buy the soundtrack, where it is clear of the drum/cymbal crashes. The soundtrack mixes bits and pieces of "The Emperor's Waltz"(Strauss) and "Jalousie"(Bloom-Gade) as well as "Babalu"(Lecuona-Russell). The cast includes six main guest stars, as well as character actors like Chuck McCann, Jack Riley, Howard Hesseman and Fritz Feld. On top of this, Harry Ritz of the Ritz Brothers, Henny Youngman, and even Barry Levinson (DINER,HOMICIDE:LIFE ON THE STREETS) as a movie executive. All in all, it makes for genial entertainment and if nothing else should be seen to gain an appreciation of silent comedy. As a movie, it gets a 8/10. For a Mel Brooks film, it gets 7/10 on the Laff scale.


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