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Young Frankenstein
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by Matt Mulcahey

"Nice knockers."
4 stars

Most spoof films, from Scary Movie to Hot Shots, play out like a collection of sketches thrown together in an attempt to weave some semblance of a coherent plot from wildly different sources. But this is not the case with classic Mel Brooks movies, and Young Frankenstein is definitely a classic.

What sets apart Brooks' humorous take on the Universal horror films of the 30s and 40s is not just that it’s funny. It's the meticulous, loving manner in which Brooks captures the mood and Gothic black-and-white of these old classics.

Gene Wilder stars as Victor Frankenstein’s grandson, a scientist in his own right who has tried to live down the family name by changing the pronunciation. But he can't escape fate, and when the will of his grandfather arrives Wilder is off to Transylvania (but not before a hilarious experiment in voluntary and involuntary nerve impulses).

Once there Wilder predictably finds his grandfathers notes and undertakes the experiments himself, with the help of hunchback Marty Feldman and bimbo Teri Garr (who was pretty damn hot back in the day.) The result of Wilder stepping on the toes of nature is monster Peter Boyle.

The film parodies many of Universal’s classic bits: the angry mob, the mad scientist's labratory(some of the original props from the 30s are used) and, best of all, the blind hermit from Bride of Frankenstein (played by Gene Hackman.) But the film also has a cohesive storyline, not a patchwork of scenes from various movies shoved obtrusively together.

Though Brook’s humor seems somewhat tame today, this was 1974 and this was a big Hollywood studio production. Brooks' use of colorful language, risqué sex jokes and playing racial stereotypes for laughs were well ahead of their time.

The film is full of classic scenes and great quotes. But to fully realize what a revolutionary comic director Mel Brooks was you only have to look at this one fact: Young Frankentein was made the same year as Blazing Saddles. Enough said.

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User Comments

7/31/13 PAUL SHORTT SOMETIMES PUERILE BUT MOSTLY FUNNY SPOOF WITH FINE B&W CAMERAWORK & A GOOD STAR PERFORMANCE 4 stars
12/30/11 mandrake fink loved it 5 stars
9/11/11 The Big D Not as hilarious as Blazing Saddles, but good. btw, what did Dr. F. get from the monster? 4 stars
1/08/10 art COME TO THINK OF IT,YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN AND BLAZING SADDLES ARE BOTH A NUISANCE TO ME! 1 stars
11/06/09 Jeff Wilder Classic Mel Brooks. What more needs to be said. 5 stars
11/01/09 art THIS MOVIE GET"S ON MY NERVE"S! 1 stars
5/21/09 art BLAZING SADDLES WAS BROOK"S BEST,this run's SECOND! 2 stars
11/09/07 kpizzle only the best parody ever. cant top this onee =] 5 stars
7/01/07 Stefano Extremely overrated. 2 stars
5/30/07 MP Bartley "SEDAGIVE?!" 4 stars
7/27/06 Lizzie many better films than this 2 stars
7/17/06 David Cohen Literally laughed myself nauseous when I saw it in the theater 5 stars
5/11/06 dionwr Mel Brooks greatest film 5 stars
5/02/06 Ryan_A Abby-something. 5 stars
5/01/06 David Cornelius Walk this way 5 stars
5/01/06 HBS-SH mechanical mcgregor 5 stars
3/27/06 Brian Meyer If you die without seeing this, yours was an empty life. 5 stars
2/14/06 agudelson it stinks 1 stars
2/04/06 Brian Moments were very funny 4 stars
6/27/05 DM Hysterical. Man, I love Gene Wilder. 5 stars
3/24/05 indrid cold The 2nd most overrated comedy of all time, after Blazing Saddles. 3 stars
3/17/05 Tracy Brazzell My most favorite movie EVER. "What knockers!" "Thank you doctor!" 5 stars
9/19/04 Lord Durvok 2 There are only three words that can possibly describe this film: It. Kicks. Ass. 5 stars
8/31/04 conor great very funny 5 stars
6/14/04 T. Maj hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, etc. 5 stars
4/24/04 Sarah funny, funny, FUNNY stuff!!! 5 stars
3/22/04 Lord Haw Haw Brooks' best, hands down. 5 stars
1/07/04 Jenniffer Marie This horror/spoof classic comedy will have laughing in tears from beginning to end! 5 stars
12/29/03 scott sikie this movie is so funny, i love Marty Feldman 5 stars
11/28/03 DIANE MOLNAR GREAT COMEDY FOR IT'S TIME 5 stars
6/17/03 Andrew Callaway If you haven't seen it: see it 5 stars
6/08/03 earl hoffert brooks' masterpiece. and wilder has never been more manic. 5 stars
4/29/03 Vic Burke Fantastic!!!! Feldmen is the funnest Igor I have ever seen! Worth a watch! A must see! 5 stars
4/13/03 laura decent, a good download but nothing to pay money to see 3 stars
4/09/03 Shadaan Felfeli Young Frankenstien is Brilliant - thats Fronkenshteen!!!! 4 stars
2/10/03 Ubu the Ripper This is Mel Brookes only legitimate claim to fame. A masterpiece, thanks to Wilder. 5 stars
1/27/03 The Aussie Film Reviewer Funny flick. Wilder was funny back then. 4 stars
1/25/03 PaulCa Virtually perfect ... "The Producers" with a big budget 5 stars
11/21/02 dead great 5 stars
10/18/02 Charles Tatum Hate Garr, Love Kahn 4 stars
9/02/02 AshFan What knockers! What comedy! What is bad about this movie? Nuttin'. 5 stars
8/16/02 Justin This movie is so fucking funny! 5 stars
8/03/02 KMG -------AWESSOME--------- 5 stars
5/23/02 Fucko McGruff Back when Teri Garr was attractive, Gene Wilder had a job, and Mel Brooks was creative 5 stars
3/19/02 Steve Mackey Mel Brook's best effort. Wilder: "What knockers!" Garr: "Thank you, professor!" 5 stars
2/20/02 Xaver The world is poorer that Kahn is no longer with us. 5 stars
11/10/01 daniboy funny funny funny 5 stars
11/08/01 EyeGor Just three words: "walk this way". Hilarious! 5 stars
10/22/01 Sydney Angelina It's one of the best movies Mel Brooks has ever made!!! 5 stars
10/03/01 the wonder machine a right old laugh, recomended film for everyone unless your extreamly sad! 5 stars
9/17/01 Butterbean I looooved this movie!! I miss Feldman and those fucked up eyes! 5 stars
7/02/01 The Stuff I put it off for many years and now I am very happy. 5 stars
5/03/01 BrainPan Where all the white women at? Ooops. Wrong movie. 5 stars
3/28/01 Andrew Carden Gene and Marty sucked. Cloris, Madeline, and Gene Hackman were amusing. 3 stars
2/24/01 The Bomb 69 classic, "You take the blonde I'll take the one with the turbin." 5 stars
1/21/01 Mic Hit-and-miss comedy, unless you're in a very stupid mood, then it's all hits 3 stars
1/09/01 MechaChristian (Wannabee's got a trashy mouth) Y-F is one of the funniest movies ever made. 5 stars
11/30/00 Zipperneck Put zee candle back! 5 stars
11/28/00 SP not only worth seeing, but worth seeing again and again 5 stars
11/26/00 ±èºÀ±Õ ¿ì¼ö 5 stars
11/25/00 ABBY NORMAL ABSOLUTLY THE BEST COMEDY OF ITS KIND. IF ONLY MORE COULD BE THIS WAY 5 stars
11/14/00 salvo toscano were wolves? 4 stars
10/11/00 Faulkstein The best comedy I've ever seen - funniest, greatest cast (esp. Feldman), + awesome B+W 5 stars
10/05/00 Wannabe Fucking Nuts. Fucking Great. Full of those moments. "Walk like this." 5 stars
4/12/00 ChiefAlDog Classic Brooks 5 stars
3/13/00 The Bomb 69 unbelievably funny 5 stars
10/28/99 Karahde Khan One of the funniest movies I have ever seen and definitely Mel Brooks' masterpiece 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  02-Oct-1974 (PG)
  DVD: 03-Nov-1998

UK
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Australia
  02-Dec-1974


Directed by
  Mel Brooks

Written by
  Mel Brooks
  Gene Wilder

Cast
  Gene Wilder
  Peter Boyle
  Teri Garr
  Madeline Kahn
  Marty Feldman
  Gene Hackman



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