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Silent Movie (1976)

Passed | | Comedy | 16 June 1976 (USA)
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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 »
Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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In glorious phonic sound.

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Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

At the sneak preview, several posters for Young Frankenstein (1974) are visible in the theater lobby. See more »

Goofs

As the car carrying Funn, Eggs and Bell approaches the gatehouse at Big Picture Studios, the windscreen of their car is flat on the hood of the car. But in the following shot from the rear of the car, the windscreen is obviously up when they crash into the lowered barrier, and the windscreen is again down as the car rolls under the barrier. See more »

Quotes

Mel Funn: [seen as an insert title] Mr. Marceau, how would you like to appear in the first silent movie made in nearly fifty years?
Marcel Marceau: [in French, the only spoken line in the film] Non!
Dom Bell: [seen as an insert title after Mel hangs up the phone] What did he say?
Mel Funn: [seen as an insert title] I don't know. I don't speak French!
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Crazy Credits

When the movie starts, the word ''HELLO'' can be seen. Then the camera zooms on the O and Hollywood can be seen. See more »

Alternate Versions

On television prints, some of the subtitles are remade to become less offensive. See more »


Soundtracks

Brazil
(uncredited)
Music by Ary Barroso
Dance performed by Bernadette Peters
refrain briefly played by orchestra when Vilma is holding the audience at the sneak preview
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The producers
20 November 2004 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Mel Brooks' comedies are made for the pure pleasure of having a good time and to enjoy what the master has decided give us in the way of sheer comic relief. His movies are a riot of visual and witty gags; they are completely insane. Granted, his humor is not for everybody, but those of us that appreciate this great man's talent, truly have a ball watching this picture about the lunacy in the movie industry, again and again.

Mr. Brooks and his sidekicks, Dom DeLouise and Marty Feldman do amazing things. Basically it's all visual, since there's no sound for the viewer to react to what one sees on the screen.

The guest cast is incredible as well. Anne Bancroft, Bernadette Peters, Paul Newman, James Caan, Burt Reynolds, Sid Caesar, and the rest appear to be having the time of their lives as Mr. Brooks pull the strings so we can have a great time.

This is a great film to watch with friends; the more, the merrier!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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