It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world
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With this all-star Cinerama epic, producer/director Stanley Kramer vowed to make "the comedy that would end all comedies." The story begins during a massive traffic jam, caused by reckless driver Smiler Grogan (Jimmy Durante), who, before (literally) kicking the bucket, cryptically tells the assembled drivers that he's buried a fortune in stolen loot, "under the Big W." The various motorists setting out on a mad scramble include a dentist (Sid Caesar) and his wife (Edie Adams); a henpecked husband (Milton Berle) accompanied by his mother-in-law (Ethel Merman) and his beatnik brother-in-law (Dick Shawn); a pair of comedy writers (Buddy Hackett and Mickey Rooney); and a variety of assorted nuts including a slow-wit (Jonathan Winters), a wheeler-dealer (Phil Silvers), and a pair of covetous cabdrivers (Peter Falk and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson). Monitoring every move that the fortune hunters make is a scrupulously honest police detective (Spencer Tracy). Virtually every lead, supporting, and bit part in the picture is filled by a well-known comic actor: the laughspinning lineup also includes Carl Reiner, Terry-Thomas, Arnold Stang, Buster Keaton, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, and The Three Stooges, who get one of the picture's biggest laughs by standing stock still and uttering not a word. Two prominent comedians are conspicuous by their absence: Groucho Marx refused to appear when Kramer couldn't meet his price, while Stan Laurel declined because he felt he was too old-looking to be funny. Available for years in its 154-minute general release version, the film was restored to its roadshow length of 175 minutes on home video; the search goes on for a missing Buster Keaton routine, reportedly excised on the eve of the picture's premiere. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
|Series||Criterion collection ; 692.|
Avarice -- Drama.
Action and adventure films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| [New York City, New York] :2017
|Edition||Three-DVD special edition, Widescreen.|
|Other Titles|| It is a mad, mad, mad, mad world
presenter, film producer, film director.
Rose, William, 1914-1987, screenwriter.
Rose, Tania, 1920-2015, screenwriter.
Tracy, Spencer, 1900-1967, actor.
Berle, Milton, actor.
Caesar, Sid, 1922-2014, actor.
Hackett, Buddy, 1924-2003, actor.
Merman, Ethel. actor.
Rooney, Mickey, actor.
Shawn, Dick, actor.
Silvers, Phil, 1911-1985, actor.
Terry-Thomas, 1911-1990, actor.
Winters, Jonathan, actor.
Gold, Ernest, 1921-1999, composer.
Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters.
Music, Ernest Gold.
MPAA Rating: G; general audiences.
In English; with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH).
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1963.
Special features: 2013 audio commentary featuring It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world aficionados Mark Evanier, Michael Schlesinger, and Paul Scrabo; 2013 documentary on the film's visual and sound effects, featuring interviews with visual-effects specialist Craig Barron and sound designer Ben Burtt; excerpt from a 1974 talk show hosted by director Stanley Kramer and featuring actors Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, and Jonathan Winters; press interview from 1963 featuring Kramer and cast members; excerpts about the influence of the film from the 2000 AFI program 100 years...100 laughs; two-part 1963 episode of the TV program Telescope that follows the film's press junket and premiere; The last 70mm film festival, a 2012 program featuring cast and crew, hosted by actor Billy Crystal; selection of humorist and voice-over artist Stan Freberg's original TV and radio ads for the film, with a 2013 introduction by Freberg; trailers and radio spots; an essay by film critic Lou Lumenick and illustrations by cartoonist Jack Davis.
DVD; NTSC; region 1; widescreen (2.76:1) presentation; 5.1 surround.
3 videodiscs (163 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.