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Silent Movie (1976)

Mel Brooks  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mel Brooks
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Silent
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G6BLVA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,872 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Silent Movie" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Mel Brooks, Dom Deluise and Marty Feldman pay affectionate, hilarious tribute to Hollywood's Silent Era in this classic parody of the movie business. Attempting to save his studio from the conglomerate "Engulf and Devour," a has-been movie director (Brooks) casts some of the hottest movie stars in town (all of whom spoof themselves) in one huge blockbuster film.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You bad boy" November 24, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
It's not as cohesive or funny as YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN or THE PRODUCERS, but SILENT MOVIE has plenty to offer. A wild romp that parodies the film business and the all but lost art of creating silent films, SILENT MOVIE stars Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman, and Dom Deluise as a trio of film makers who vow to save their studio by making a new silent film with major stars. Many conventions of silent films are spoofed, such as how the right title card can alter the meaning of a scene (the title of this review is from one such card). Several stars (such as Burt Reynolds and Paul Newman) seem to enjoy parodying themselves, and Anne Bancroft's tango with our heroes is a standout. Harold Gould is the epitome of blackhearted villany and Sid Ceaser contributes some of his trademark pantomime as the neurotic studio chief. Best of all is Marty Feldman; with his wirey body, elastic face, and, of course, those eyes, Feldman looks as if he stepped out of 1920's of Mack Sennett into the 1970's of Mel Brooks. He steals many a scene (subtly or otherwise) in SILENT MOVIE.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One great big campy YES !!! April 14, 2007
Format:DVD
Silent Movie represents Mel Brooks' successful attempt to lampoon the greed of Hollywood with a comic tribute to the era of silent films when the actors merely had to work on their "faces." Silent Movie runs along at a brisk 87 minutes and the action simply never stops. The plot holds your attention and the color remains quite good after all these years.

Mel Brooks plays Mel Funn, a has-been movie director whose career was ruined by drinking. However, he gets an idea that could breathe new life into his career--he wants to make a silent movie. Mel Funn, together with his buddies Marty Feldman playing Marty Eggs and Dom DeLuise as Dom Bell, must seek out a Hollywood studio that will buy into his idea of a silent movie. The threesome goes to see the chief of Big Picture Studios, played so ably by Sid Caesar. Big Picture Studios is in such trouble that they are a sitting duck for a hostile takeover from the huge conglomerate Engulf and Devour. The studio chief finally decides to let them make the picture at Big Picture Studios after Funn, Eggs and Bell promise him that big name stars will appear in the movie. The studio chief hopes that the star quality of the film will compensate for it being a silent movie; that would make badly needed profits so Big Picture Studios can remain in business as an independent studio and reject hostile takeover bids from Engulf and Devour. Thus the studio chief gives the green light to Funn, Eggs and Bell to cast and direct the silent movie.

This is a Mel Brooks picture, so needless to say there is much slapstick and parodies galore. At one point when Mel Brooks is chasing after Paul Newman as they ride in wheelchairs at a hospital, the wheels clash and the sparks fly just as they did in a racing scene from the movie Ben-Hur.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I have always LOVED this film. Saw it several times in the theater when I was a kid.

The screen with Paul Newman in the wheelchair chase is as funny today as when the film was first released.

I was so glad when I heard this DVD was coming out & I could finally have the film at home wide screen.

But, but, I am SO DISAPPOINTED.

There are no extras. None, zip, zero. Nothing. What a let down!!

And, I hate when DVD packages come out like this. No page with the DVD chapter search.

It is a shame this was the care given to this package of this film.

So glad to have it wide screen finally, but what a let down of no extras or the chapter page.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I'm a huge fan of Mel Brooks and his hysterically funny comedy movies and Silent Movie is my favorite and while it's nice that it's on DVD why is it only available in the European region 2 PAL format? I need a region 1 DVD format and I don't have a region free DVD player so please someone release a region 1 DVD for Canada and USA.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I think it's his funniest December 18, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Young Frankenstein and The Producers killed me, but some of the laughs in this one are the biggest I've ever experienced watching a Mel Brooks movie. Right up there along with the Black Knight sequence from Monty Python and the Holy Grail and the mirror sequence from Duck Soup, I have to put the studio commissary sequence from this one--the three leads approach Liza Minnelli, hoping to persuade her to appear in their silent movie. Trouble is, they sneaked in by donning suits of armor. I saw it again recently for the first time in many years, and I still got a cramp from laughing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not great, but it's still fun July 5, 2008
Format:DVD
This is a second-tier Mel Brooks effort, which means it's very funny but not as consistently uproarious as YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE PRODUCERS or BLAZING SADDLES. However, there are still some inspired moments, especially the encounters with Burt Reynolds, Anne Bancroft, and Paul Newman. (By comparison, the bits with Liza Minnelli and James Caan promise more than they deliver.)

I'm sure this was not a high-priority DVD title for 20th Century-Fox, but nevertheless it would have been nice to have some Extras, aside from a couple of theatrical trailers. A few years after the film's initial release, I saw the "original" cut at a Mel Brooks retrospective. This version had scenes that were eventually deleted for the general-release print. While they weren't necessarily great comic sequences, it would have been nice if Fox had included them here as Extras. These scenes included:

*In the screening room sequence, Sid Caesar shows Mel, Marty and Dom the rushes for another production, LOBSTERS IN NEW YORK, which depicts giant lobsters at a fancy restaurant, making their dinner selection from a tank filled with humans.

*A hungry Dom goes into a bakery where he gets a numbered ticket, then has to patiently wait until his number is called, even though there's no one else in the place besides the woman behind the counter (played by Lu Leonard). As the number before his is called, a woman rushes in and purchases the entire stock, leaving Dom to munch on his ticket.

*Mel, Marty and Dom drive by a miniature golf course, where midgets (Billy Barty among them) are playing. Mel observes, "It takes so little to make them happy."

*During the climactic car chase, the boys zoom past a Volkswagen with a seemingly dead bear (a hunter's trophy) strapped to the roof.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!!
Published 22 days ago by Michael R. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars My VHS copy of this movie is getting pretty old so I am really happy...
My VHS copy of this movie is getting pretty old so I am really happy to have it on DVD now. Great comedy.
Published 1 month ago by Lai-Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Mel Brooks and his movies!!!
Melvin Brooks a treasure, a national monumental comedian who can't help but reduce me to laughter whenever he releases something new.
Published 1 month ago by Boots Ellroy
4.0 out of 5 stars Over-the-top homage
Mel Brooks and cohorts clearly love Keystone Kops brand of slapstick humor, and this pie-in-the-face homage to that art form is classic Brooks: almost too much of a good thing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. J. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest movies ever
Mel Brooks' genius will never be questioned, from Your Show of Shows to his zany movies, but this one must be the funniest of them all. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jorge G. Hugony
1.0 out of 5 stars VHS doesn't play well
This is a VHS & does not play well at all, I was not happy with this purchase. It was not worth the time or money to return it.
Published 6 months ago by G. Satt
3.0 out of 5 stars inversion of values
A prestigious casting , a solid screenplay , this film appears to be the only worthy successor of Chaplin's silent movies . Read more
Published 6 months ago by dimitriweb [this reviewer has been added to the top 10 (see more)]
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked "The Artist"...you will LOVE "Silent Movie"
An absolutely phenomenal film. The entire film is in color by the way in case you were wondering. When I was a kid and I first heard about this movie I immediately associated... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeffrey Kimelman
5.0 out of 5 stars typical mel brooks
i love the movie i saw it on TV and had to purchase it arrived early and i really got to enjoy some laughs for the holidays
Published 8 months ago by kimberly price
5.0 out of 5 stars Very hard to find
This is one of those Brooks movies that is easily forgotten among the Young Frankenstein and Blazing saddles. Read more
Published 12 months ago by deancaputo
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