Fathom Events and Twentieth Century Fox are preparing to welcome you back to Transylvania to join Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronkensteen”) and his crazy cohorts for one more night of mad science and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” In a special one-night-only event, director Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein is returning to U.S. theaters, Wednesday night, October 5th at 8:00pm ET (7:00pm CT, 6:00pm MT, 5:00pm PT). Brooks will join audiences live from Hollywood. He will be introducing his 1974 classic comedy while touring the Fox lot where much of the filming took place. And of course bring your tissues, as Brooks will be remembering the late great Gene Wilder, the star and co-writer of Young Frankenstein, who passed away on August 29, 2016.
Check out the details about the screening here below.
Released on December 15, 1974, only ten months after Wilder’s Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein tells the story of the grandson of Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Wilder), who wants nothing to do with his crazy granddad’s legacy. After a tour of the castle, he is quickly swept up in the family tradition. Alongside trusty humpbacked assistant Igor (pronounced “EYE-gor”) played by Marty Feldman, and lab assistant Inga (Teri Garr), Frederick is soon stealing brains to bring life into a dead corpse (Peter Boyle). Also in the cast are Mel Brooks stalwart Madeline Kahn as Frankenstein’s fiancee and my personal favorite, Oscar winner Cloris Leachman as Frau Blucher.
Filmed in black and white, Brooks, Wilder, and company created an all-time classic. Their script, which is one of the most quotable of all time, was nominated for an Academy Award, and the American Film Institute ranked Young Frankenstein the 13th on the list of 100 Funniest Films. It went on to gross more than $86 million (which would be like almost $400 million in today’s dollars). The story also inspired a Broadway musical. On October 18th, Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Book: The Making of the Film will be available from Black Dog & Leventhal, an imprint of Hachette Books. This is an oversized illustrated book detailing the behind-the-scenes look at the film and features a Foreword by Judd Apatow, and will also be available in e-book format.
During the Brooks’ live introduction, the legendary filmmaker will give moviegoers a tour of the Fox studio lot, including Mel Brooks Blvd., the Young Frankenstein mural on Stage 5 (which was unveiled on the film’s 40th anniversary), and the location of the film’s original shoot.
To get tickets to a Young Frankenstein one-night-only special showing on Wednesday night, October 5th, go to Fathom Events to look for a participating theater and to purchase your tickets. (You can also visit your local participating theater box offices.) The film will be screening in over 400 locations.
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