It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
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.
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- Stanley Kramer
- This movie is
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1964 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- Top 100 Laughs
- Top 100 Movies nominee
- 1964 Academy Award®
- Best Sound Effects Editing
- Best Film Editing nominee
- Best Sound nominee
- Best Cinematography Color nominee
- Best Music Song nominee
- Best Music Score nominee
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.55:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS-HD Master AudioOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary; behind-the-scenes featurette; additional featurettes; trailer.
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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 kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it