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

Directed by Stanley Kramer
United States, 1963
Comedy, Crime


The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find some treasure.

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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Directed by Stanley Kramer

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1964 | Winner: Best Effects, Sound Effects

1964 | 5 nominations including: Best Cinematography, Color

Golden Globes (USA)

1964 | 2 nominations including: Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1963 | 3rd place: Best Film

Bigness does not usually equal greatness. It does, however, in the case of Kramer’s gargantuan comedy. It may not be the “comedy to end all comedies” that some of its cultists claim (and why would we want to end all comedies anyway?) but it certainly is an unparalleled achievement; and its vulgar vastness can only really be appreciated on a huge screen.
February 26, 2016
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Boy, Kramer must have been craving a comedy for some time. A break in a run of moralistic “message films,” Mad World is a cathartic burst of rib-damaging mania. The premise, simple: an expanding caravan of everyday folk hotly pursue a treasure buried under a "big W.
August 12, 2015
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Presumably meant to anchor the silliness in William and Tania Rose’s script is a police captain monitoring the frenetic dash from his headquarters, played by a frail-looking Spencer Tracy in his next-to-last film. For the first two acts, it’s a pedestrian part dominated by sitcom-style family squabbles conducted on the phone, but once Tracy swoops in to deceive the treasure hunters, the film kicks into a high-gear climax that features some of its most spectacular stunts and effects…
February 18, 2014
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