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Silent Movie

4.2 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

A washed-up director and his buddies attempt a comeback with a latter-day silent movie.

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Product Details

  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G6BLVA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Silent Movie" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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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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Format: VHS Tape
One of the funniest movies I have ever seen; the cafeteria scene had me rolling on the deck. I liked it so well I've been trying to buy it for the past year and now that I've found it, will do so. Forget about the real world, and enjoy the flick.
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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 "Silent Movie" with "Black and white" and thus...boring.... Alas, those days as a child have passed and I have since grown to LOVE black and white silent classics such as "Battleship Potempkin", "The General" and more. That said, this is not black and white, but is incredible nonetheless. I do not want to give anything away at all, but I will say that "The Artist" did in fact steal A LOT of the material directly from this earlier and more well rounded flick. Mel Brooks at his absolute best. Buy it today and keep it in your collection for your children...adults and kids alike will appreciate the perfectly performed situational comedy and slapstick.
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