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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

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Stanley Kramer

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 33
  • Fresh: 24
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: So many excellent actors and stunt men do so much in this film that it is beyond my space allowance to begin to credit them. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: The comic competition is so keen that it is impossible to single out any one participant as outstanding. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Stanley Kramer strikes out again with this elephantine 1963 attempt at uproarious comedy. – Don Druker, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Spencer Tracy, Sid Caesar, Mickey Rooney and host of good-old-fashioned-comedy chums cram in the action, but miss the laughs in this frantic bank caper comedy. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

The funniest movie ever!!

This was from a day and age when a comedy movie was effective in making all its viewers laugh without the crutch of sex or crudeness that for some reason seems necessary in order obtain a laugh out of just about anyone these days. This movie stands up against any modern comedy movie as far as "funnyness" is concerned--highly recommended!!


all i have to say is that this movie will make you laugh till you cry. ive seen it a million times, but i can still laugh non stop.

One of the funniest movies ever, a real classic

I already watched this movie a couple of times but I can't stop laughing. This movie represents classic Hollywood comedy at it's best, it is only sad that Jerry Lewis didn't have a lead role in this movie. I've never seen Spencer Tracy THAT funny, this movie is really a MUST for every comedy lover worldwide.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1963

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