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Silent Movie
- Mel Brooks

Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview

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.

Cast List

Dom DeLuise - American TV/Film Actor
Robert Iscove - Canadian TV Director
John Morris - Composer
Sid Caesar - American Comedian/Actor
Marty Feldman - Actor/Screenwriter/Director
Mel Brooks - American Director/Writer/Producer/Comedian
Melvin Kaminsky - American Director/Writer/Producer/Comedian
Ron Clark - Canadian Screenwriter/Playwright
Paul Newman - Oscar-winning American actor, THE COLOR OF MONEY
Burt Reynolds - American actor, director
Michael Hertzberg - Producer/Executive
James Caan - American Director, actor, THE GODFATHER (1972)
Liza Minnelli - American Actress, CABARET (1972)
Patricia Norris - Costume/Prod. Designer
John C. Howard - Editor
Rudy DeLuca - American Screenwriter
Paul Lohmann - American Diretor of Photography
Barry Levinson - Director/Screenwriter/Producer, DINER (1982)
Albert Brenner - Production Designer/Art Director
Bernadette Peters - Tony winning Film and stage actress
Bernadette Lazzara - Tony winning Film and stage actress
Marcel Marceau - French Mime, SILENT MOVIE (1976)
Rick Simpson - Set Decorator

 
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    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 87
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543167259
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: August 2014

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Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Silent
Personal Triumph
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Synopsis:
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.

Notes:
Screenwriter Ron Clark, who conceived the film, said he thought there were only two directors who could make it: Brooks and Woody Allen. Engulf & Devour, the corporation that's trying to buy up the studio in the film, was a swipe at Gulf & Western, who bought Paramount around the time the film was written. Clark said he thought of the whole film at once, "the sets, the plot, even all the cameos," and he at once set about getting each celebrity who actually ended up appearing in the film. Attention: Spoiler! Marcel Marceau broke a famous vow of silence (as a mime) and uttered the only word in SILENT MOVIE.

 
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