Silent Movie (1976)

Starring: Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise, Sid Caesar, Bernadette Peters, Burt Reynolds, PN, Liza Minnelli, Anne Bancroft, Marcel Marceau, Harry Ritz, Ron Carey

Directed by: Mel Brooks

Summary: Mel Funn, once Hollywood's greatest director, now ruined by a drinking problem, is attempting a comeback. If his new "Silent Movie" is a hit, it will save Big Pictures from being taken over by Engulf and Devour. Check out the Internet Movie Database.

Quote:PLN: "Hey, aren't you those guys making that silent movie? Can I be in it?"
Mel Funn: "Can we get back to you?"

Trivia: The movie's only line was spoken by infamous mime, Marcel Marceau. Academy Award winner Barry Levinson (known more for his heavier works: Rain Man, Oz, and Homicide:LOTS) co-wrote the screen play and also played a cameo as one of the Engulf & Devour executives.

The Newman Factor & Rating: Paul's bit part as one of the BIG STARS that Mel Funn tries to recruit for the movie (Burt Reynolds, James Caan, Liza Minelli, Anne Bancroft (Brooks' real life wife), and Marcel Marceau were the others) is quite amusing. He plays himself, the victim of a race car accident, and competes in a motorized wheelchair race with Funn, Eggs and Bell. Paul at his purest: 10.

Rating: Not Brooks' best film, but a cute little well written comedy nonetheless. Has some wonderful sight gag and slapstick moments: the tango with Anne Bancroft, the shower scene with Burt Reynolds, and of course the PN wheelchair race. 8.

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