Silent Movie (1976)




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Movie Info

A hasbeen comedy director struggles to recruit a group of big Hollywood stars to take part in his comeback project, a modern-day silent movie. Mel Brooks' cameo-filled comedy pays loving tribute to the early days of screen comedy through a succession of (almost) entirely silent slapstick sequences.
Classics , Comedy
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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
Harold Gould
as Engulf
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 Secretary
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
Marcel Marceau
as Himself
Paul Newman
as Himself
Liza Minnelli
as Herself
Burt Reynolds
as Himself
Anne Bancroft
as Herself
James Caan
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Silent Movie

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (1)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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

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
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
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
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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