Genre Grandeur – It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) – Encore Review – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Ensemble Movies, here’s a review of It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) by me.

Thanks again to Carl of Listening to Film for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Amanda of Hollywood Consumer and we will be reviewing our favorite  L.A. Films.

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Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“Then what happens next? I’ll tell you what happens: Then they all decide that I’m supposed to get a smaller share! That I’m somebody extra special stupid, or something! That they don’t even care if it’s a democracy! And in a democracy, it don’t matter how stupid you are, you still get an equal share! ” – Lennie Pike

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (cable in the 90’s, DVD, 5 Feb 2014 and 26 Sep 2019)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Follwing a tragic car accident on a deserted road, eight passengers are told of a stolen treasure hidden in a park and each tries to get there first in order to claim the reward for themselves.

My Take on it – This is a film that is so much fun and the zany way that the comedy is shown helps make it so much more enjoyable to watch.

The story works on numerous levels and the fast pacing of it all is great to take in

This is a perfect example pf an ensemble film since we get to see so many characters involved in things without any of them being the lead or main character of the story.

The story of this movie is split up between the various groups of characters and each of them chooses varying routes in order to acquire the treasure.

This movie does a great job balancing the story between these different groups which allows us to carefully follow the paths of each of them even as more and more characters join the chase.

This is a long film that clocks in at over 3 hours, yet the way that things are paced, it’s hard to get bored along the way because it’s so much fun the whole way through.

In addition to the main cast, this film is filled with lots of small cameos of famous people; my favorite is the Three Stooges as Firemen in a scene tat if you blink, you might actually miss them.

This films story gets crazier and crazier as things move along and that is part of why this film is so much fun; the genius of it all is that despite the craziness, it somehow finds a way to stay interesting and entertaining the whole way through.

Bottom Line – Zany comedy that works on so many levels as the story moves along at a rapid pace The cast is superb and is filled with so many known and familiar actors that it is a true example of an ensemble film because none of them can be clearly seen as the main character. The story is split between the various characters on their different routes to finding the treasure and they do a nice job of balancing things between the various stories even as more and more characters are added to the race. The film is over three hours long, yet doesn’t feel that way because things are always on the move no matter which character is currently being followed.  Besides the main cast, this film is filled with lots of great cameos; the best being the Three Stooges in a quick shot as firemen. The story gets crazier and crazier as things move along, but that is part of the genius of this film because it manages to still stay interesting the whole way through despite the craziness of it all. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When this film was made, there were about 100 stunt performers in the US. About 80 of them worked on this film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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3 thoughts on “Genre Grandeur – It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) – Encore Review – MovieRob

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  2. When you open the movie with a wild car chase ending with Jimmy Durante’s character literally kicking the bucket, and end with Ethel merman taking a pratfall on a banana peel – how can you possibly go wrong? This is a gem.

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