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Silent Movie

Silent Movie (1976)

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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

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Classics, Comedy

Apr 4, 2006

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (2) | DVD (4)

Not Brooks' best, but still funny

April 20, 2007
Atlantic City Weekly

While Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein stride across the land with seven-league boots, Silent Movie glides on tip-toe like Bugs Bunny in ballet slippers.

September 4, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com
DVDJournal.com

Mel Brooks has 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.

March 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comments (2)
Filmcritic.com

Largely a success due to some very funny sight gags, but even at a brief 87 minutes, Brooks seems to be stretching things to feature-film length in the last half-hour.

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: FulvueDrive-in.com
FulvueDrive-in.com

Low end of Mel Brooks' films.

September 22, 2005 | Comment (1)
7M Pictures

Mel Brooks was THE comic master of the 70's

January 8, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Brooks' tribute to silent cinema has its drawbacks, but his obvious affection for pre-talkies saves the day.

February 27, 2004
Nitrate Online

Nearly everything is done in that special Mel Brooks brand of broad comedy that quickly palls for all but the faithful.

August 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of the funniest movies from my childhood.

August 5, 2002
Aisle Seat

Far from Brooks' best work, but it's the one that makes me laugh the most.

July 26, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for Silent Movie

In terms of being a reverent homage to the silent era, SILENT MOVIE is a complete failure. But with a director like Mel Brooks, dubbed the Master of the Spoof, you can't quite expect this to be a 1976 comparison for THE ARTIST. We understand from the very beginning that this is more of a comedic pasquinade than a melodramatic homage, once we see color cinematography and hear corny, Three Stooges-esque sound effects. Yes, the film is silly. It's about as nonsensical and stupid of a romp as you can get, quite frankly. But as this is a comedy that pays no mind to being straightforward or taking itself one bit seriously, it just makes it all the more fun. Because stupid is as stupid...entertains, I guess.

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July 28, 2012
spielberg00

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.
January 3, 2011
ajv2688

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.
July 29, 2010
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

I think the mimicking of silent era acting was funny even if the story was so so. Still, the slapstick and physical comedy made it worth it. "Ars es pecunia" was the greatest line of the whole movie, for any of you with an ounce of Latin.
January 1, 2010
MeetMeinMontauk
Jennifer D

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    1. Mel Funn: She's incredible! I hope to God she's not a female impersonator.
    – Submitted by Kevin R (4 months ago)
    1. Marty Eggs: Would you mind dancing with a mild-mannered pervert?
    – Submitted by Kevin R (4 months ago)
    1. Himself: Non!
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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