A psychiatrist with intense acrophobia (fear of heights) goes to work for a mental institution run by doctors who appear to be crazier than their patients, and have secrets that they are willing to commit murder to keep.
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.
Sticking to great comedy in a way no one else can, Mel Brooks plays a wealthy business man who finds himself getting suckered into a bet with a rival business over the worst slum area of L.A. They both want to develop on it and both own half. Mel agrees to living as a homeless person in this neighborhood. If he can make it 30 days without his wallet or anything else, then the rival will sign over his half of the property. It's full of visual gags, one liners and even some heart warming scenes. Mel's character learns a lot along the way.Written by
One the few Mel Brooks movies where the characters don't make reference to the fact that they are in a movie. See more »
[Crasswell enters the doorway of Goddard Bolt's lawyers: Pritchard, Knowles, and Stevens]
Excuse me, I'm sorry, am I interrupting? I'm interrupting, aren't I? Yeah, I should go. I should go, because this is wrong. It's stupid, it's wrong, it's morally and ethically wrong for me to even be here, isn't it? Because we all know that your client only has two days to go to win the bet. It looks like he's going to win it; therefore I have no business even being here, do I?
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Growing up around downtown LA as a kid in the seventies didn't look much different than it does today as far as the kinds of odd characters you'll run into while passing through it and I think this movie really captures some of the authentic types of characters you meet when you really get to know them, but you also run into those other types that are always looking for trouble as also depicted in this Mel Brooks movie who brings a lighter and even comical side to this scenario that is so prevalent and filmed in downtown Los Angeles.
Mel Brooks also stars as Goddard Bolt, a ruthless billionaire who soon begins to experience how the other half lives by unintentionally making a bet with his conniving business associates, from there he goes from riches to rags and meets some strange, funny but good hearted souls on the streets as well as endless comical mishaps, but with the help of a bag lady (Lesley Ann Warren) he begins to discover what really matters most unlike his former business associates.
Although this is one of my favorite movies, I still think the ending could have been done much better, but the comedy throughout never ends.
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