Mel Brooks

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Melvin Brooks (né Kaminsky, born June 28, 1926) is an American filmmaker, comedian, actor and composer. He is known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies. Brooks began his career as a comic and a writer for the early TV variety show Your Show of Shows. He became well known as part of the comedy duo with Carl Reiner in the comedy skit The 2000 Year Old Man. He also created, with Buck Henry, the hit television comedy series Get Smart, which ran from 1965 to 1970. In middle age, Brooks became one of the most successful film directors of the 1970s, with many of his films being among the top 10 moneymakers of the year they were released. His best-known films include The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. A musical adaptation of his first film, The Producers, ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2007. In 2001, having previously won an Emmy, a Grammy and an Oscar, he joined a small list of EGOT winners with his Tony award for The Producers. He received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009, the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010, the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2013, a British Film Institute Fellowship in March 2015, a National Medal of Arts in September 2016, and a BAFTA Fellowship in February 2017. Three of his films ranked in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 comedy films of the ...

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Blazing Saddles (1974)

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A town—where everyone seems to be named Johnson—stands in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, robber baron Hedley Lemar sends his henchmen to make life in the town unbearable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Cleavon Little  •  Gene Wilder  •  Mel Brooks  •  Madeline Kahn

A town—where everyone seems to be named Johnson—stands in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, robber baron Hedley Lemar sends his henchmen to make life in the town unbearable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Cleavon Little  •  Gene Wilder  •  Mel Brooks  •  Madeline Kahn

Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)

When a lawyer shows up at the vampire's doorstep, he falls prey to his charms and joins him in his search for fresh blood. Enter Professor Van Helsing, who may be the only one able to vanquish the Count.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Mel Brooks  •  Amy Yasbeck  •  Peter MacNicol

When a lawyer shows up at the vampire's doorstep, he falls prey to his charms and joins him in his search for fresh blood. Enter Professor Van Helsing, who may be the only one able to vanquish the Count.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Mel Brooks  •  Amy Yasbeck  •  Peter MacNicol

High Anxiety (1977)

A psychiatrist with intense acrophobia (fear of heights) goes to work for a mental institution run by doctors who appear to be crazier than their patients, and have secrets that they are willing to commit murder to keep.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Mel Brooks  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Cloris Leachman  •  Harvey Korman

A psychiatrist with intense acrophobia (fear of heights) goes to work for a mental institution run by doctors who appear to be crazier than their patients, and have secrets that they are willing to commit murder to keep.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Mel Brooks  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Cloris Leachman  •  Harvey Korman

History of the World: Part I (1981)

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An uproarious version of history that proves nothing is sacred – not even the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the Spanish Inquisition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Mel Brooks  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Harvey Korman

An uproarious version of history that proves nothing is sacred – not even the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the Spanish Inquisition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Mel Brooks  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Harvey Korman

Putney Swope (1969)

Swope—the only black man on the executive board of an advertising firm—is accidentally put in charge after the death of the chairman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Downey Sr.
CAST:  Stan Gottlieb  •  Arnold Johnson  •  Allen Garfield  •  Archie Russell

Swope—the only black man on the executive board of an advertising firm—is accidentally put in charge after the death of the chairman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Downey Sr.
CAST:  Stan Gottlieb  •  Arnold Johnson  •  Allen Garfield  •  Archie Russell

Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)

Robin Hood comes home after fighting in the Crusades to learn that the noble King Richard is in exile and that the despotic King John now rules England, with the help of the Sheriff of Rottingham. Robin Hood assembles a band of fellow patriots to do battle with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Cary Elwes  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Roger Rees  •  Dave Chappelle

Robin Hood comes home after fighting in the Crusades to learn that the noble King Richard is in exile and that the despotic King John now rules England, with the help of the Sheriff of Rottingham. Robin Hood assembles a band of fellow patriots to do battle with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Cary Elwes  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Roger Rees  •  Dave Chappelle

Robots (2005)

Rodney Copperbottom is a young robot inventor who dreams of making the world a better place, until the evil Ratchet takes over Big Weld Industries. Now, Rodney's dreams – and those of his friends – are in danger of becoming obsolete.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Wedge
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Halle Berry  •  Mel Brooks

Rodney Copperbottom is a young robot inventor who dreams of making the world a better place, until the evil Ratchet takes over Big Weld Industries. Now, Rodney's dreams – and those of his friends – are in danger of becoming obsolete.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Wedge
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Halle Berry  •  Mel Brooks

Silent Movie (1976)

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Aspiring filmmakers Mel Funn, Marty Eggs and Dom Bell go to a financially troubled studio with an idea for a silent movie. In an effort to make the movie more marketable, they attempt to recruit a number of big name stars to appear, while the studio's creditors ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Mel Brooks  •  Marty Feldman  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Sid Caesar

Aspiring filmmakers Mel Funn, Marty Eggs and Dom Bell go to a financially troubled studio with an idea for a silent movie. In an effort to make the movie more marketable, they attempt to recruit a number of big name stars to appear, while the studio's creditors ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Mel Brooks  •  Marty Feldman  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Sid Caesar

Spaceballs (1987)

When the nefarious Dark Helmet hatches a plan to snatch Princess Vespa and steal her planet's air, space-bum-for-hire Lone Starr and his clueless sidekick fly to the rescue. Along the way, they meet Yogurt, who puts Lone Starr wise to the power of "The Schwartz." ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Mel Brooks  •  Rick Moranis  •  Bill Pullman  •  Daphne Zuniga

When the nefarious Dark Helmet hatches a plan to snatch Princess Vespa and steal her planet's air, space-bum-for-hire Lone Starr and his clueless sidekick fly to the rescue. Along the way, they meet Yogurt, who puts Lone Starr wise to the power of "The Schwartz." ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Mel Brooks  •  Rick Moranis  •  Bill Pullman  •  Daphne Zuniga

The Little Rascals (1994)

When nine-year-old Alfalfa falls for Darla, his "He-Man-Woman-Hating" friends attempt to sabotage their relationship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Penelope Spheeris
CAST:  Travis Tedford  •  Kevin Jamal Woods  •  Jordan Warkol  •  Zachary Mabry

When nine-year-old Alfalfa falls for Darla, his "He-Man-Woman-Hating" friends attempt to sabotage their relationship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Penelope Spheeris
CAST:  Travis Tedford  •  Kevin Jamal Woods  •  Jordan Warkol  •  Zachary Mabry

The Muppet Movie (1979)

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A Hollywood agent persuades Kermit the Frog to pursue a career in Hollywood. On his way there he meets his future muppet crew while being chased by the desperate owner of a frog-leg restaurant!  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Frawley
CAST:  Jim Henson  •  Frank Oz  •  Jerry Nelson  •  Richard Hunt

A Hollywood agent persuades Kermit the Frog to pursue a career in Hollywood. On his way there he meets his future muppet crew while being chased by the desperate owner of a frog-leg restaurant!  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Frawley
CAST:  Jim Henson  •  Frank Oz  •  Jerry Nelson  •  Richard Hunt

The Prince of Egypt (1998)

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This is the extraordinary tale of two brothers named Moses and Ramses, one born of royal blood, and one an orphan with a secret past. Growing up the best of friends, they share a strong bond of free-spirited youth and good-natured rivalry. But the truth will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brenda Chapman  •  Simon Wells  •  Steve Hickner
CAST:  Val Kilmer  •  Ralph Fiennes  •  Patrick Stewart  •  Michelle Pfeiffer

This is the extraordinary tale of two brothers named Moses and Ramses, one born of royal blood, and one an orphan with a secret past. Growing up the best of friends, they share a strong bond of free-spirited youth and good-natured rivalry. But the truth will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brenda Chapman  •  Simon Wells  •  Steve Hickner
CAST:  Val Kilmer  •  Ralph Fiennes  •  Patrick Stewart  •  Michelle Pfeiffer

The Producers (1967)

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Broadway producer, Max Bialystock and his accountant, Leo Bloom plan to make money by charming little old ladies to invest in a production many times over what it will actually cost, and then put on a sure-fire flop, so nobody will ask for their money back – and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Gene Wilder  •  Zero Mostel  •  Kenneth Mars  •  Lee Meredith

Broadway producer, Max Bialystock and his accountant, Leo Bloom plan to make money by charming little old ladies to invest in a production many times over what it will actually cost, and then put on a sure-fire flop, so nobody will ask for their money back – and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Gene Wilder  •  Zero Mostel  •  Kenneth Mars  •  Lee Meredith

The Producers (2005)

After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Susan Stroman
CAST:  Matthew Broderick  •  Uma Thurman  •  Will Ferrell  •  Eileen Essell

After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Susan Stroman
CAST:  Matthew Broderick  •  Uma Thurman  •  Will Ferrell  •  Eileen Essell

The Twelve Chairs (1970)

A treasure hunt. An aging ex-nobleman of the Czarist regime has finally adjusted to life under the commisars in Russia. Both he and the local priest find that the family jewels were hidden in a chair, one of a set of twelve. They return separately to Moscow to find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Ron Moody  •  Frank Langella  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Andréas Voutsinas

A treasure hunt. An aging ex-nobleman of the Czarist regime has finally adjusted to life under the commisars in Russia. Both he and the local priest find that the family jewels were hidden in a chair, one of a set of twelve. They return separately to Moscow to find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Ron Moody  •  Frank Langella  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Andréas Voutsinas

Young Frankenstein (1974)

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A young neurosurgeon inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a funny hunchback, a pretty lab assistant and the elderly housekeeper. Young Frankenstein believes that the work of his grandfather was ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Gene Wilder  •  Marty Feldman  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Cloris Leachman

A young neurosurgeon inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a funny hunchback, a pretty lab assistant and the elderly housekeeper. Young Frankenstein believes that the work of his grandfather was ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Gene Wilder  •  Marty Feldman  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Cloris Leachman

Look Who's Talking Too (1990)

Mollie and James are together and raising a family, which now consists of an older Mikey and his baby sister, Julie. Tension between the siblings arises, and as well with Mollie and James when Mollie's brother Stuart moves in. Mikey is also learning how to use the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amy Heckerling
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Kirstie Alley  •  Bruce Willis  •  Gilbert Gottfried

Mollie and James are together and raising a family, which now consists of an older Mikey and his baby sister, Julie. Tension between the siblings arises, and as well with Mollie and James when Mollie's brother Stuart moves in. Mikey is also learning how to use the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amy Heckerling
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Kirstie Alley  •  Bruce Willis  •  Gilbert Gottfried

It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)

The owner of a bank (Miss Bitterman) wants to own the Muppet Theatre so she can build a nightclub over it. After she tricks Pepe into giving her the only copy of the contract between her father and the Muppets, she changes it so the Muppets have very little time to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kirk R. Thatcher
CAST:  David Arquette  •  Joan Cusack  •  Matthew Lillard  •  William H. Macy

The owner of a bank (Miss Bitterman) wants to own the Muppet Theatre so she can build a nightclub over it. After she tricks Pepe into giving her the only copy of the contract between her father and the Muppets, she changes it so the Muppets have very little time to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kirk R. Thatcher
CAST:  David Arquette  •  Joan Cusack  •  Matthew Lillard  •  William H. Macy

Life Stinks (1991)

A rich businessman makes a bet he can survive on the streets of a rough Los Angeles neighborhood for 30 days completely penniless. During his stay he discovers another side of life and falls in love with with a homeless woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Mel Brooks  •  Lesley Ann Warren  •  Jeffrey Tambor  •  Michael Ensign

A rich businessman makes a bet he can survive on the streets of a rough Los Angeles neighborhood for 30 days completely penniless. During his stay he discovers another side of life and falls in love with with a homeless woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Mel Brooks  •  Lesley Ann Warren  •  Jeffrey Tambor  •  Michael Ensign

The Silence of the Hams (1994)

The federal agent Joe Dee Foster is currently investigating a serial killer, helped by doctor Animal who is isolated in a maximum security jail.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ezio Greggio
CAST:  Ezio Greggio  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Billy Zane  •  Joanna Pacula

The federal agent Joe Dee Foster is currently investigating a serial killer, helped by doctor Animal who is isolated in a maximum security jail.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ezio Greggio
CAST:  Ezio Greggio  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Billy Zane  •  Joanna Pacula
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