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

1963 G 2h 41m Blu-ray / DVD

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

1963 G 2h 41m Blu-ray / DVD
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Before literally kicking the bucket when his car careens off an embankment, "Smiler" Grogan tells onlookers he's stashed $350,000 beneath the big "W" in Santa Rosita -- and thus begins a mad dash to recover said dough.
Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters, Edie Adams, Dorothy Provine, Jimmy Durante, Peter Falk
Stanley Kramer
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.55:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2.76:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children. G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that drinking (in the case of one character, comical nonstop drunkenness) and smoking are fairly common. There is an abundance of slapstick roughhousing, reckless driving, and cartoonish violence, with most of the cast ... in a cast by the end. A few minor off-color verbal jokes -- one is so sneaky you wonder if censors even noticed it. Main characters are driven by all-consuming greed, with only one showing conscience and disgust for the corrupting influence of the treasure hunt. You need to watch this in widescreen to get the panoramic scope of the comedy, not a full-screen cropped version. And be prepared for a long sitting.

Sexual Content

One character complains about America's fixation on "bosoms." A dancing bikini girl. One seeming off-color joke about male impotence likely to go over kids' heads.


Lots of slapstick fighting, pratfalls, and Jonathan Winter's Hulk-like one-man demolition of an entire gas station, all in a bloodless Looney Tunes-style -- even when there are explosions and electrocutions. Much reckless driving, including a car crash that is fatal (but made into a joke, as the victim makes a big, flowery death speech and literally kicks a metal bucket).


"Hell" uttered a few times.

Social Behavior

Most all the primary characters are motivated by greed for the buried fortune, with the possible exception of the two young wives (marriage, however, looks like a pretty dismal state of existence). Even a dogged police officer dedicated to solving the case ends up trying to steal the money. Everyone suffers in the end for their greed, though.


Mainly automobile brands and a gas-station chain.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some cigarette smoking and drinking. One character is perpetually drunk, and even flies a plane (tricked out with automatic liquor servers) while comically inebriated. Another character takes pills for his nervous condition.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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