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If you were to argue that Mel Brooks'sYoung Frankensteinranks among the top-ten funniest movies of all time, nobody could reasonably dispute the claim. Spoofing classic horror in the way that Brooks's previous filmBlazing Saddlessent up classic Westerns, the movie is both a loving tribute and a raucous, irreverent parody of Universal's classic horror filmsFrankenstein(1931) andBride of Frankenstein(1935). Filming in glorious black and white, Brooks re-created theFrankensteinlaboratory using the same equipment from the originalFrankenstein(courtesy of designer Kenneth Strickfaden), and this loving attention to physical and stylistic detail creates a solid foundation for nonstop comedy. The story, of course, involves Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) and his effort to resume experiments in re-animation pioneered by his late father. (He's got some help, since dad left behind a book titledHow I Did It.) Assisting him is the hapless hunchback Igor (Marty Feldman) and the buxom but none-too-bright maiden Inga (Teri Garr), and when Frankenstein succeeds in creating his monster (Peter Boyle), the stage is set for an outrageous revision of the Frankenstein legend. With comedy highlights too numerous to mention, Brooks guides his brilliant cast (also including Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, and Gene Hackman in a classic cameo role) through scene after scene of inspired hilarity. Indeed,Young Frankensteinis a charmed film, nothing less than a comedy classic, representing the finest work from everyone involved. Not one joke has lost its payoff, and none of the countless gags have lost their zany appeal. From a career that includes some of the best comedies ever made, this is the film for which Mel Brooks will be most fondly remembered. Befitting a classic, the Special Edition DVD includes audio commentary by Mel Brooks, a "making of" documentary, interviews with the cast, hilarious bloopers and outtakes, and the original theatrical trailers. No video library should be without a copy ofYoung Frankenstein. And just remember--that'sFronkensteen.--Jeff Shannon

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CastGene Hackman, Norbert Schiller, Rolfe Sedan, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Peter Boyle, Arthur Malet, Michael Fox, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Monte Landis, Kenneth Mars, Danny Goldman, John Dennis, Lou Cutell, Richard Haydn, Gene Wilder, Leon Askin, Oscar Beregi, Liam Dunn, Lidia Kristen, Mel Brooks, Richard Roth
DirectorMel Brooks
Genre:  Comedy
Release Date:  December 15, 1974
MPAA Rating:  PG
Screen WriterGene Wilder, Mel Brooks
Runtime:  1hr 48min
Studio:  20th Century Fox
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review by . December 12, 2010
Stephanie's Favourite Movies: Young Frankenstein      This is definitely a classic comedy and a spoof done right. The problem I have with spoofs today (especially those done by Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg) is that they just throw in the exact same scenes from the movies that they're ripping off with more dick and boob jokes while throwing in as many pop culture references as they can, whether or not they pertain to the genre they're satirizing. Spoofs work …
Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
Many people agree that Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder's zany classic is among the greatest comedies ever conceived.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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Gene Wilder is great at showing a Dr. Frankenstein who does not want to acknowledge his calling.
review by . December 22, 2008
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Young Frankenstein
WARNING: This film may lead to incontinence due to hysterical laughter!       Mel Brooks' 1974 film, Young Frankenstein is arguably the funniest film ever made. Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks, who had previously collaborated on The Producers and Blazing Saddles, wrote the script together. This film is a superbly crafted parody of the Universal Studios Frankenstein films.          The story begins with young Doctor Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced …
review by . February 17, 2008
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It's always a bit dangerous when a medium uses itself as its subject. So paintings about painting, plays about the theatre, rock and roll songs about how hard it is to be a star all tend to run along the edge of tedious and self-important. Movies about movies are the worst. If you want me to understand some other film before I see yours, buy me a ticket.    What keeps Young Frankenstein from being tedious is that some of the eternal pillars of comedy are present. There's lesson …
review by . July 03, 2003
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It is a credit to director Mel Brooks and to Gene Wilder, co-author of the screenplay, that this film has lost none of his comic impact since it was first released almost 30 years ago. Seeing it and The Producers (1968) again recently, I was reminded of the fact that Brooks' best comedies are those in which he does not appear. Also, I was again impressed by Brooks's respectful treatment of the original material (i.e. Mary Godwin Shelley's novel), more so than any of the earlier film versions, notably …
review by . June 24, 2001
"I am a scientist!" Gene Wilder rants to his class, "My grandfathers work was doo doo!" Young Frankenstien is a person who has liveed his life under the morbid shadow of his grandfather, Baron Von Frankenstien. This is withoutadoubt (one word) one of the funniest movies you could watch. The movie itself is only partially old, but its black and white filming gives a great classic feeling. There are so many puns that there is no way in heck you could memorize them without repeated viewings. I love …
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