Silent Movie

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Run time: 87 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 16th June 1976

Production compaines: Crossbow Productions

Reviews 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Fresh: 17 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 6.7 / 10

Cast & Crew


Starring: Mel Brooks as Mel Funn, Marty Feldman as Marty Eggs, Dom DeLuise as Dom Bell, Sid Caesar as Studio Chief, Harold Gould as Engulf, Ron Carey as Devour, Bernadette Peters as Vilma Kaplan, Carol Arthur as Pregnant Lady, Liam Dunn as Newsvendor, Fritz Feld as Maitre d', Chuck McCann as Studio Gate Guard, Valerie Curtin as Intensive Care Nurse, Yvonne Wilder as Studio Chief's Secretary, Burt Reynolds as Himself, James Caan as Himself, Liza Minnelli as Herself, Anne Bancroft as Herself, Marcel Marceau as Himself, Paul Newman as Himself

Silent Movie Movie Review

Mel Brooks has never exactly been a master of subtlety. He's also never known when a joke is worthy of a five-minute bit and when it's something you can flesh out into a full length feature.

Silent Movie is exactly what it says in the title: An honest to God silent film. In fact, it's a silent film about the making of a silent film. Brooks plays, basically, himself, a movie producer who's trying to get funding for the first silent film in 40 years. The studio is on the verge of bankruptcy, and our hero attempts to save the studio by rustling up Hollywood's biggest stars to appear in the show. They play themselves and, indeed, represent some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

Ultimately the film has little to do with this setup: It quickly becomes a platform for Brooks to make slapstick jokes that have little or nothing to do with the film at large. A guy is (seemingly) run over by a steamroller. A Pong game plays out with out-there sound effects. Brooks pokes fun at Hollywood while playing with the absurdity of the silent movie format. Shenanigans from start to finish.

And that is what wears thin. I love a good slapstick, but the idea of combining it with a mock silent movie is just silly. Imagine a Marx brothers flick without Groucho's voice. It doesn't always work as well as it might have with an honest to God soundtrack. But then again, I guess Movie just wouldn't have been that compelling.


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Silent Movie Rating

" OK "


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