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It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1963
  • Stanley Kramer
  • 157 mins
  • U

Summary

All-star comedy starring Spencer Tracy. A group of motorists rush to the aid of a former convict who has driven his car over a cliff. With his dying words the ex-con gives a clue to the whereabouts of $350,000 of stolen money, which prompts the gathered onlookers to set off on a high-speed car chase to find the loot.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Director/producer Stanley Kramer assembled the cream of Hollywood's comic talent (including Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Milton Berle and Sid Caesar) for this monumental and mostly entertaining chase caper. Yet it's the ever-versatile Spencer Tracy - in his penultimate film and clearly unwell - who catches the eye as the henpecked detective at the front of the race to find a stash of stolen cash. It's also rather ironic that the film was nominated for an editing Oscar, for, while the plethora of breakneck stunts undeniably have pace and precision, the action badly needed cutting by at least 80 minutes. Eventually, the passing parade of cameos begins to offer fewer pleasant surprises and the slapstick descends from the comedic into the chaotic. Still, as a movie record of some of the greatest comics of their era, it's impossible to top.

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Credits

Cast

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Captain CG CulpeperSpencer Tracy
J Russell FinchMilton Berle
Melville CrumpSid Caesar
Benjy BenjaminBuddy Hackett
Mrs MarcusEthel Merman
Ding BellMickey Rooney
Sylvester MarcusDick Shawn
Otto MeyerPhil Silvers
J Algernon HawthorneTerry-Thomas
Lennie PikeJonathan Winters
Monica CrumpEdie Adams
Emmeline FinchDorothy Provine
Smiler GroganJimmy Durante
First cab driverEddie "Rochester" Anderson
Tyler FitzgeraldJim Backus
Chief of policeWilliam Demarest
Second cab driverPeter Falk
Colonel WilberforcePaul Ford
Third cab driverLeo Gorcey
Mr DincklerEdward Everett Horton
Jimmy the crookBuster Keaton
Nervous manDon Knotts
Tower controlCarl Reiner
FiremanJoe De Rita
FiremanLarry Fine
FiremanMoe Howard
Sheriff MasonAndy Devine
Fire chiefSterling Holloway
Lt MatthewsCharles McGraw
Switchboard operatorZaSu Pitts
Mrs CulpeperSelma Diamond
Man on roadJack Benny
Mad driverJerry Lewis

Crew

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DirectorStanley Kramer

Details

Released on
1963-12-03
Languages
English | Chinese
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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