Silent Movie

Silent Movie


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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 Burt Reynolds, Liza Minelli, Paul Newman, James Caan and Anne Bancroft (Brooks' real-life wife) to star in his project. The only holdout is mime Marcel Marceau, who after a few moments of walking against the wind shouts the film's solitary line: "No!" Meanwhile, the crooked executives of the Engulf and Devour conglomerate want to take over Caesar's studio and are worried that Brooks' film might be so huge a hit that Caesar won't be interested in selling. To prevent this, the conglomerate dispatches sexy Bernadette Peters to lure Brooks into drink and ruination. The film's climax is lifted from the 1943 Olsen and Johnson film Crazy House). Featured in brief comic cameos are Harry Ritz as the man with half a suit, Charlie Callas as the blind man, Dom DeLuise's wife, Carol Arthur, as the incredibly pregnant woman, Fritz Feld as the headwaiter (whose trademarked "Pop" is conveyed on a subtitle) and Henny Youngman as the diner with a fly in his soup. Co-writers Ron Clark, Rudy DeLuca and Barry Levinson also show up on screen as three of the Engulf & Devour minions.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/05/2006
UPC: 0024543167259
Original Release: 1976
Rating: PG
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:27:00
Sales rank: 9,953

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Brooks Mel Funn
Marty Feldman Marty Eggs
Dom DeLuise Dom Bell
Bernadette Peters Vilma Kaplan
Sid Caesar Studio Chief
Harold Gould Engulf
Ron Carey Devour
Carol Arthur Pregnant Lady
Fritz Feld Maitre d'
Patrick Campbell Motel Bellhop
Charlie Callas Blind Man
Henny Youngman Fly-In-Soup Man
Eddie Ryder British Officer
Hopson Executive
Rudy DeLuca Executive
Barry Levinson Executive
Howard Hesseman Executive
Lee Delano Executive
Jack Riley Executive
Sivi Aberg Beautiful Blonde
Erica Hagen Beautiful Blonde
Robert Lussier Projectionist
Liam Dunn Newspaper Vendor
Chuck McCann Studio Gate Guard
Valerie Curtin Intensive Care Nurse
Yvonne Wilder Studio Chief's Secretary
Arnold Soboloff Acupuncture Patient
Harry Ritz Man from Tailor Shop
Burt Reynolds Himself
James Caan Himself
Liza Minnelli Herself
Anne Bancroft Herself
Marcel Marceau Himself
Paul Newman Himself
Inga Neilsen Beautiful Blonde

Technical Credits
Mel Brooks Director,Screenwriter
Stanford C. Allen Editor
Ira Anderson Special Effects
Stephen Myles Berger Production Designer
Albert Brenner Production Designer
Ron Clark Screenwriter
Rudy DeLuca Screenwriter
Michael Hertzberg Producer
Andrew Horvitch Editor
John C. Howard Editor
Robert Iscove Choreography
Barry Levinson Screenwriter
Paul Lohmann Cinematographer
John Morris Score Composer
Pat Norris Costumes/Costume Designer
Rick Simpson Set Decoration/Design
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Jesse Wayne Stunts

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Silent Movie
1. A Pregnant Pause [1:31]
2. Main Titles [2:43]
3. Funn, Eggs and Bell [:12]
4. The Studio Chief [2:26]
5. Bothering Burt Reynolds [3:32]
6. Convincing James Caan [3:20]
7. Engulf and Devour [3:34]
8. The Wrong Dog [1:55]
9. Save the Studio! [4:29]
10. Lunching With Liza Manelli [1:40]
11. The Coat Crisis [2:15]
12. Asking Anne Bancroft [2:46]
13. The Real Thing [1:53]
14. In the Hospital [:52]
15. Marcel Marceau [2:39]
16. Pursuing Paul Newman [1:42]
17. A Night Out [2:37]
18. Vilma Kaplan [4:03]
19. Funn With Vilma [1:31]
20. Back to the Bottle [1:50]
21. Sobering Up [3:45]
22. The Stolen Film [1:59]
23. It's a Hit! [1:35]
24. End Titles [1:59]

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Silent Movie 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love watching Mel Brooks' hilarious comedy movies and Silent Movie is one of my favorites. It is a hilarious homage to silent movies and Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman and Dom Deluise are all superb as well are the stars who make cameo appearances. Especially funny are the scene with Burt Reynolds. This movie is very hilarious and always cheers me up when I'm sick or feeling a little blah and has gotten me through some stressful times in my life! I recently bought the Mel Brooks DVD boxset collection and Silent Movie is one of the DVD's in the colection and I'm very happy to finally own this movie on DVD because my video tape is getting worn out.