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

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

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

A diverse group of strangers embark on a mad-cap pursuit of stolen cash in this 1963 epic comedy film directed by Stanley Kramer. Spencer Tracy spearheads an all-star ensemble cast that includes Milton Berle, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney and Ethel Merman.

A group of strangers come across a man dying after a car crash who proceeds to tell them about the $350,000 he buried in California. What follows is the adventures of those strangers as each attempts to claim the prize for himself.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World was a critical and commercial success, winning a 1964 Academy Award (for Best Sound Editing) and being nominated for five others. It was re-released in 2014 by The Criterion Collection, who, in collaboration with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United Artists and Robert A. Harris, restored much of the lost footage that was cut for its general release in 1963.

Winner of Best Sound Editing (Walter Elliott), 1964 Academy Awards.
1963Rating: G205 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

The comic competition is so keen that it is impossible to single out any one participant as outstanding.

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Time Out

Time Out

Kramer's 'comedy to end all comedy' stretches its material to snapping point but offers happy hours of star-spotting.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

The definitive wacky screwball comedy that spawned a genre.

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