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)… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Not Brooks' best, but still funny"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Largely a success due to some very funny sight gags, but even at a brief 87 minutes, Brooks seems to be stretching things to feature-film length in the last half-hour."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"Brooks' tribute to silent cinema has its drawbacks, but his obvious affection for pre-talkies saves the day."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Far from Brooks' best work, but it's the one that makes me laugh the most."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"While Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein stride across the land with seven-league boots, Silent Movie glides on tip-toe like Bugs Bunny in ballet slippers."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Low end of Mel Brooks' films."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Nearly everything is done in that special Mel Brooks brand of broad comedy that quickly palls for all but the faithful."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Mel Brooks has never known when a joke is worthy of a five-minute bit and when it's something you can flesh out into a full length feature."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Mel Brooks was THE comic master of the 70's"
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"One of the funniest movies from my childhood."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
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