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

MGM Released 1963




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Stanley Kramer

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is a large-scale 1963 ensemble comedy from director Stanley Kramer. The story follows a group of people who learn of $350,000 in cash, buried in a suitcase under "the big W" (but what is that?), somewhere in Santa Rosita Beach Park. The money sparks a gold rush, as the greedy individuals try to get it to it faster than the others. Along they way, plenty of new characters are introduced, alliances are formed and trust is broken, and an incorruptible cop, watching with bemusement from the sidelines, begins to wonder if her couldn't use all that money himself...


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The Dissolve Nathan Rabin

    More than anything, though, It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World embodies comic hugeness, for better or for worse. It isn't the best comedy of all time, but it's one of the largest and ...

  • 63

    Slant Magazine

    For a three-hour, epoch-ending epic made by a comedy neophyte, it yields a treasure of showbiz lore.

  • 60

    Empire Ian Nathan

    The definitive wacky screwball comedy that spawned a genre.

Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy

Capt. C.G. Culpepper

Milton Berle

Milton Berle

J. Russell Finch

Sid Caesar

Sid Caesar

Melville Crump

Buddy Hackett

Buddy Hackett

Benjy Benjamin

Ethel Merman

Ethel Merman

Mrs. Marcus

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • It took 166 days to shoot this film, at a cost of just over nine million dollars. Stanley Kramer originally wanted it to run for 192 minutes, but trimmed it to 183 minutes for its European openings. However, it was still thought too long by many critics, and it was generally released at a length of approximately 155 minutes. One notable casualty of the re-editing was Buster Keaton, who, in this version, can be glimpsed for the merest split second in long-shot, with no explanation of who his character is. This version has played on European television, and in video and DVD formats; however, fifty years after the film's original appearance, the full version has had an American Blu-Ray release.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Lt.-Col. Algernon Hawthorne: Were I unfortunate enough to be a citizen of this benighted country, I should hesitate before venturing even the slightest criticism of any other!

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ensemble cast, treasure hunt, oblivious bumbling, celebrity cameos, road trip