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Silent Movie (1976)

Silent Movie




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Silent Movie is just that: a totally nonverbal comedy, save for one single line. Director Mel Brooks stars as a once-famous comedy director, who with his faithful assistants Dom DeLuise and Marty Feldman return to Hollywood with plans for a comeback. Brooks wants to return to the good old days by producing a silent movie (he explains this via subtitle). Producer Sid Caesar is agreeable, provided Brooks can line up top stars. In a series of vignettes better seen than described, Brooks persuades Burt Reynolds, Liza Minelli, Paul Newman, James Caan and Anne Bancroft (Brooks' real-life wife) to star in his project. The only holdout is mime Marcel Marceau, who after a few moments of walking against the wind shouts the film's solitary line: "No!" Meanwhile, the crooked executives of the Engulf and Devour conglomerate want to take over Caesar's studio and are worried that Brooks' film might be so huge a hit that Caesar won't be interested in selling. To prevent this, the conglomerate dispatches sexy Bernadette Peters to lure Brooks into drink and ruination. The film's climax is lifted from the 1943 Olsen and Johnson film Crazy House). Featured in brief comic cameos are Harry Ritz as the man with half a suit, Charlie Callas as the blind man, Dom DeLuise's wife, Carol Arthur, as the incredibly pregnant woman, Fritz Feld as the headwaiter (whose trademarked "Pop" is conveyed on a subtitle) and Henny Youngman as the diner with a fly in his soup. Co-writers Ron Clark, Rudy DeLuca and Barry Levinson also show up on screen as three of the Engulf & Devour minions.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mel Brooks, Barry Levinson, Ron Clark, Rudy De Luca
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 4, 2006
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Mel Brooks
as Mel Funn
Marty Feldman
as Marty Eggs
Dom DeLuise
as Dom Bell
Bernadette Peters
as Vilma Kaplan
Sid Caesar
as Studio Chief
Ron Carey
as Devour
Carol DeLuise
as Pregnant Lady
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 Secre...
Arnold Soboloff
as Acupuncture Man
Patrick Campbell
as Hotel Bellhop
Harry Ritz
as Man in Tailor Shop
Charlie Callas
as Blind Man
Henny Youngman
as Fly in Soup Man
Eddie Ryder
as British Officer
Al Hopson
as Executive
Rudy De Luca
as Executive
Barry Levinson
as Executive
Howard Hesseman
as Executive
Lee Delano
as Executive
Jack Riley
as Executive
Inga Neilsen
as Beautiful Blonde
Sivi Aberg
as Beautiful Blonde
Erica Hagen
as Beautiful Blonde
Robert Lussier
as Projectionist
Paul Newman
as Himself
James Caan
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Silent Movie

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

What disconcerts me about Mr Brooks is his obviousness, the lack of any true surprise in his gags.

Full Review… | June 16, 2015
The Spectator

Silly strained comedy.

Full Review… | December 30, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Silent Movie

Clever idea for a 15 minute short film is dragged out to a full-length feature. Not only does the gimmick get old fast, but the non-silent era stars don't have the chops to pull off expressive silent acting. I almost never laughed. At least the theater will be quiet enough for you to fall asleep during this dud.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


In case you're wonder, yes this movie is silent! Brooks brings us nostalgia of the old silents, and it is hilarious. If you like his films, I highly recommend seeing this one too.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

so bad it's good, brooks, as usual ("if it works, don't fix it") mugs his way thru this movie about the very movie yer watchin' ("a brilliant idea!!!"), the promised homage to silent films is trampled somewhere, raped in an alley and left for dead. what's left is bits and pieces. the women steal the show here, bancroft and peters turning in the only valid performances. the best part is unintended, wherein "the stars" pose for cameos in the credits "as themselves" and we get to see their apparent discomfort playing that part. it was made in the seventies, and mere nostalgia prompted me give this film one more star than it deserved, and maybe a star and a half.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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