It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

DVD - 2014
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A group of strangers fighting tooth and nail over buried treasure, is the most grandly harebrained movie ever made, a pileup of slapstick and borscht-belt-y one-liners performed by a nonpareil cast
"...offers happy hours of star-spotting."--Time Out
"The ensuing adventures stretch the definition of the word madcap."
Publisher: United States : The Criterion Collection, 2014
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781604657999
Branch Call Number: DVD It's
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca. 163 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 02, 2019

Well, I know one thing for certain - If "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" (from 1963) was remade today (56 years later) the profanity level in the dialogue would undoubtedly make your ears ring (though this original version contains no profanity at all).

If nothing else - I'd say that this crazy comedy must certainly hold some sort of world's record when it comes to all of the outright scenery-chewing that goes on amongst a large percentage of its characters.

Anyway - Even though this picture did contain some very impressive, over-the-top stunts, as well as feature an all-star cast, and countless cameo appearances - All of this just wasn't enough to keep this silly piece of fluff's head above water for its unbelievable 2-hour-40-minute running time.

Apr 24, 2018

This movie was entertaining as hell. God bless the criterion collection for their wonderful transfer of this film (and for creating an awesome extended cut)

Dec 30, 2017

Essentially a 154-minute car chase, Stanley Kramer’s high-speed comedy is notable for two things: it’s Oscar-winning special effects and a dream cast of big name comics and character actors, many of whom were content to simply make a brief onscreen cameo. Made before the era of CGI effects the intricate highway sequences and aerial acrobatics are still a wonder to behold with cars, trucks, and taxis soaring over curbs or spinning doughnuts along mountain roads while an airplane flies through a billboard before looping under a hangar—and it’s all presented in widescreen “Super Panavision” (Cinerama’s cheaper cousin). Of course it’s just fluff and silliness, like a big-budget retro version of television’s Amazing Race, but that cast makes it all worthwhile—Milton Berle as a husband pecked to death by his wife’s shrewish mother (Ethel Merman sporting a voice that never dips below 100 decibels); Sid Caesar as a resourceful dentist cursed with skewed luck; Micky Rooney and Buddy Hackett as mismatched buddies; Jonathan Winters as a thick-headed trucker; Spencer Tracy as a dogged detective; Phil Silvers as a johnny-come-lately…and surprise walk-ons from the likes of Jack Benny, Don Knotts, and Buster Keaton just to name three. Similar undertakings have been tried since, but as a grand old comedy ensemble piece "Mad World" still sets the standard.

May 09, 2017

This is by far one of my favourite ensemble comedies of all time! Even the remake, Rat Race, was equally hilarious! Ethel Merman was one of the best parts of this movie! The woman stole every single scene she was in!

d2013 Aug 02, 2016

Great comedy!

May 24, 2016

A hilarious slapstick comedy with a big cast, playing around with the idea of what happens when people get greedy. A true classic.

Feb 19, 2016

VERY GOOD 1963 Hollywood musical comedy.
First time I've seen it, and I wish I had watched the original theatrical release. The extended one had some glitches in additions, which didn't seem to add much anyway.
Lots of fun to see the various chases, especially the car chases. They paid a lot of attention to car selection and filming. Even the parked cards on the city streets were well chosen/photographed.
The excellent Wikipedia article for the film even listed the years, makes/models of the various cars; I could recognize many (but not all) because of my 1960's teenage boy fascination with the automobile.

MYRLYN May 06, 2014

For all you folks out there who really dug this film, a couple more recommendations from the same era and in the same spirit would be: The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming and The Great Race.


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