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½ March 26, 2017
Too loud, too long and stuffed with far too many characters; but it has a nearly endless sense of effervescent energy and a ton of memorable moments.
½ March 21, 2017
The movie was comically there but way too long to maintain the laughs consistently. It was very good filming for the sixties I must say. Acting was going to be fantastic keeping the star cast in mind but the dialogue writing was left wanting with the humour reduced to slapstick physical rather than wit.
March 1, 2017
As I child I saw this movie dozens of times. I will always remember that it was released on VHS with two tapes, an honest intermission in-between. Love this show, forever a classic.
December 9, 2016
Favorite movie ever! Yeh - it came out 7 years BEFORE I was born - THAT is how good it is.
December 1, 2016
It's a wild and crazy ride, but I don't think it's aged very well.
November 28, 2016
The first mega comedy, bringing in every major comic of the time, and some from the past. It has plenty of wacky and memorable moments, packed with colorful characters of every kind. This premise has been done before, and since, but never has such a small basic idea been executed like this. It may be a bit slow by today's standards, however it does have a place for fans of comedy of all ages. It's easy to see why these comedians where and are such a huge influence on the writers of The Simpsons.
November 25, 2016
The story isn't existing but the cameos and mad-dash for cash are fun. See the Roadshow version of the film. Various elements of that cut are in variant conditions. Be a bit forgiving of the deteriorated film elements. What remains is pure gold. On Blu-ray.
½ November 5, 2016
Looks hilarious and a classic, gotta check this out.
October 5, 2016
This movie is Epic. A must see for those who liked old comedians and Classic TV. Someone gets into a crash who was wanted who stole this money worth 350,000 . The actors go after the cash in a race towards the Big W in Santa Rosita Ca where the money is buried. Which actor will get there and who will you root for. Sid Ceasar, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Jonathan Winters, Buddy Hacket, and Spencer Tracy. also Starring WIlliam Demarest
September 5, 2016
The "Citizen Kane" of comedies. I watch this at least once a year and I still laugh long and hard each and every time. Brilliantly directed, brilliantly cast and brilliant filmed, even though it clocks in at nearly 3 hours, it never slows down and there's never a lull. Brilliant, sheer, inspired lunacy.
½ September 1, 2016
75%
Saw this on 01/9/16
Stanley Kramer makes a memorable yet silly comedy film that takes some time to become interesting. Its a nice change of mood for the director after Judgement at Nuremberg and Inherit the wind.
July 13, 2016
A remarkable comedy masterpiece with many of the greatest names in Hollywood of all time all packed into one coked up, mish-mash of an epic that never loses steam and never falls apart.

Stanley Kramer, a man not known for comedy, directed this film with a real, tangible commitment to making it the most zany and crazy comedy epic of all time. It has everyone from Sid Caeser to Mickey Rooney; Buster Keaton to Ethel Merman, and even briefly the Three Stooges.

This film couldn't possibly happen in a Hollywood landscape like the one that exists today. It's a reflection of a time when comedians came together in the name of comedy, for the sake of helping people forget all of their problems for a couple hours.
June 19, 2016
This ridiculously funny comedy with an all star cast is guaranteed to leave you in stitches.
May 28, 2016
a Movie with this amount of talent would never be made today. A true classic!
May 7, 2016
It's Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963): Imagine if EVERY comedian today came together for one movie. This was what this movie was like featuring tons of classic Hollywood stars. Some had big roles like Milton Berle and Jonathan Winters. There were even nice cameos from the likes of Jerry Lewis and the Three Stooges. The movie starts off with the dying words of a thief (Jimmy Durante) who literally kicks the bucket, but not before revealing a huge treasure to motorists who stop to try and help him. What ensues is a crazy cross-country stampede of all these people to find the treasure before everyone else. This thing is 3 hours and 25 minutes long-even comes with an intermission! But I promise you that when it is over, you will be disappointed and wanting more. Not once does this movie feel bloated or that it drags on too long. I first saw this as child and have seen it countless times. A great family movie and a masterpiece that has stood up over time. A bit of trivia: Stan Laurel was asked to be in the movie, but turned it down. When his partner, Oliver Hardy, died in 1957 he said he would never perform again. He never did.
½ April 29, 2016
Review: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
4/29/16

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a funny, crazy, entertaining film that strives too much to surprise, but made us laugh. The writers have created an assortment of hilarious characters with their unique accents, personalities, and appearance that made the movie really original.
The movie takes place on the highway in California on the way to Santa Rosita, and the goal was to find the big W that leads to $350,000 of stolen dough. There were a group of ridiculous, money-crazy buffoons who witnessed Jimmy Durante, as the criminal who had buried the money, drive off a cliff. As he lay dying, Durante revealed the secret of the big W, and then he kicked the bucket, literally. Our frantic group split up into pairs and small groups and began a race to get to the W. The first to arrive, gets the moola.
Meanwhile, the cops, led by Sheriff Culpepper (Spencer Tracy), were surveilling the racers hoping to recover the money and solve the crime.
When Ethel Merman, playing Milton Berle's loud-mouthed mother-in-law, declines to take a plane to get to the treasure faster after declaring, "No one is going to make me fly," gets jolted by a truck crashing into the rear of their car and goes flying from the backseat into the front seat of the car, it made me die of laughter. Speaking of flying, Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett were hysterically panicking as they goofily struggled to fly and land a plane while the actual pilot, a drunk, played by Jim Baccus, was in the back of the plane knocked out. They almost hit the tower knocking an Air Force general out of it to dangle like a bungee jumper.
Finally, all of the zany characters plus a few more get to the park and scatter around the hunting for the big W. After a plot twist, everything gets mad, mad, mad, mad again, ending up with all the men in the hospital with the oldest gag in the book. You must see this extravagant movie.
½ April 18, 2016
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) ?? 1/2
Big, sprawling, unsubtle comedy. After a dying man tells a bunch of strangers where he hid $350,000 they scurry off in an incredible race involving short partnerships, harsh selfishness, and trickery, while also intercepting others they meet along the way. Energetic film with all-star international cast doesn't have much resonance emotion-wise, but is generally funny, occasionally exciting, with cameos and visually swanky chases galore. Plus a wild finish. But seriously, how could you say "No" to a film that includes Spencer Tracy, Jonathan Winters, Mickey Rooney, and Buddy Hackett? The Three Stooges even have a brief (if unnecessary) appearance; look fast for Jerry Lewis! Oscar Winner for Best Sound Effects Editing.
April 10, 2016
Watch this any time it comes on.
March 5, 2016
Long but funny. Lots of chuckles, and it's funny how sexist it is. Great cast. Pretty crazy movie. The gags were hit and miss but mostly comical. The ending was near intolerable though. Also fairly forgettable. 6.5/10
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