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Silent Movie Details


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 Bernadette Peters). 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:June 16, 1976


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Bernadette Peters Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1976 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Marty Feldman Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1976 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Mel Brooks Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1976 Nominee


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


Mel Brooks
Michael Hertzberg
Mel Brooks
Ron Clark
Barry Levinson
Rudy de Luca
John C. Howard
Albert Brenner
Production Designer
Rick Simpson
Set Designer
Jesse Wayne
Robert Iscove
Max Kleven
Stunts Coordinator
William J. Tuttle