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Silent Movie (1976)

Director: Mel Brooks     Starring: Mel Brooks
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202754442
UPC: 024543167259
UPC 14: 00024543167259
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Mel Brooks, Dom Deluise and Marty Feldman pay affectionate, hilarious tribute to Hollywood's Silent Era in this classic parody of the movie business. Attempting to save his studio from the conglomerate "Engulf and Devour," a has-been movie director (Brooks) casts some of the hottest movie stars in town (all of whom spoof themselves) in one huge blockbuster film.Format: DVD MOVIE

"Mel Brooks was the comic master of the 70's.  Michael A. Smith, Nolans Pop Culture Review
"One of the funniest movies from my childhood.  Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Mel Brooks was the comic master of the 70's.  "Michael A. Smith, Nolans Pop Culture Review"
"One of the funniest movies from my childhood.  "Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat"

Editor's Note
SILENT MOVIE is director Mel Brooks's comic tribute to the golden days of the silent screen. A movie within a movie, SILENT MOVIE stars Brooks as Mel Funn, a filmmaker who has seen better days--for one thing, he's just come out of a bout with the bottle. When his best friends (Marty Feldman and Dom DeLuise) rescue him from despair and convince him to make another attempt at moviemaking, Mel comes up with an idea--a silent picture. Alas, this is the 1970s, and in order to get backing from wacky, frazzled studio chief Sid Caesar, the three pals have to get lots of celebrities to agree to be in their silent picture. SILENT MOVIE is, in fact, silent, and all the celebrities play themselves (or parodies of themselves). Funny, warm, and packed with sight gags galore, the film evokes the days of Chaplin, Keaton, and Pickford and Fairbanks while remaining oddly, and wondrously, contemporary. There is hardly a funnier scene than when Burt Reynolds--vainly admiring himself in the mirror while showering--is talked-up about the movie by DeLuise, Brooks, and Feldman, all in the shower together.
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/5/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 87 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1976
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2226725
Video UPC UPC: 00024543167259
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Bernadette Peters
Video Cast Info Dom DeLuise
Video Cast Info Marty Feldman
Video Cast Info Mel Brooks
Video Cast Info John Morris - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Mel Brooks - Director
Video Cast Info Mel Brooks - Writer
Video Cast Info Michael Hertzberg - Producer
Video Cast Info Paul Lohmann - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Stanford C. Allen, et. al. - Editor
Video Cast Info "Stanford C. Allen, et. al." - Editor
Plot Summary
A director and two of his stooges convince a studio head that the only way to save themselves from being swallowed up by the voracious Engulf and Devour Corporation is to go back to the days of Garbo and Gilbert...in other words, make a nontalking picture.

Awards


Nominee (1977)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Silent Movie, Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Mel Brooks , Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Marty Feldman , Best Motion Picture Actor in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Bernadette Peters , Best Motion Picture Actress in a Supporting Role

Professional Reviews

FilmCritic.com 8 of 10
"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." - Christopher Null

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
"In a movie filled with great scenes, these moments are classics: The battle with the Coke machine. The behavior with the horse on the merry-go-round. The nightclub scene. The dramatic reaction of Engulf and Devour's board of directors to the photo of sexpot Vilma Kaplan. The fly in the soup. The Pong game in the intensive-care unit...Perhaps I should mention, though,that the movie isn't really silent. It's filled with wall-to-wall music, sound effects, explosions, whistles, and crashes and, yes, one word." - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Brooks,Mel
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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