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Has there ever been a movie that combined uproarious laughter with as much artistry as Young Frankenstein? Probably not.

Mel Brooks' enduring classic is still as funny and impressive as it was in 1974. Blessed with a pitch-perfect cast, inspired direction and a comic timing unsurpassed in the last five decades, even after an umpteenth viewing Young Frankenstein manages to surprise and delight you.

Gene Wilder is magnificently manic in the lead role, Peter Boyle's monster has real heart and the combined efforts of Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn and Teri Garr will have you rolling down the aisles.

Add in a plethora of silly jokes - "Where wolf? There wolf!" - sumptuous production values and Gene Hackman's unforgettable cameo and you have a movie that I'll happily revisit over and over for as long as I live, smiling all the way through.

release: 1974

director: Mel Brooks

starring: Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Peter Boyle


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