Young Frankenstein

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Young Frankenstein Review


Mel Brooks was just about at the top of his game back in 1974, when he directed both Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. Young Frankenstein tells the tale of an heir (Gene Wilder) of the original Frank, who inherits his creepy castle (shot in the original castle from the first Frankenstein movie) and starts work anew on his ancestor's experiments. Of course, this is courtesy of Mel Brooks, and it's perfectly parodied -- probably the best horror spoof ever made and a far cry ahead of Brooks' later Dracula: Dead and Loving It gag. Wilder and Peter Boyle (as the monster) are hysterical, but it's Teri Garr who steals the show as Frankenstein's buxom and considerably vapid assistant. The special edition DVD is especially recommended -- with a handful of outtakes and deleted scenes (though none are nearly as funny as what made the final cut).


Young Frankenstein

Facts and Figures

Run time: 106 mins

In Theaters: Sunday 15th December 1974

Box Office Worldwide: $86.3M

Budget: $2.8M

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Production compaines: Crossbow Productions, Gruskoff/Venture Films, Jouer Limited

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Fresh: 48 Rotten: 3

IMDB: 8.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, as Igor, as Elizabeth, as Frau Blücher, as Insp. Hans Wilhelm Friedrich Kamp, as Gerhard Falkstein, as The Monster, as Inga, Liam Dunn as Mr. Hilltop, Danny Goldman as Medical Student, Oscar Beregi Jr. as Sadistic Jailor (as Oscar Beregi), as Village Elder, Anne Beesley as Little Girl, as Gravedigger, Rusty Blitz as Gravedigger, John Madison as Villager, John Dennis as Orderly in Frankenstein's Class, as Blindman, as First Village Elder (uncredited)

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