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Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)

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Two mismatched sets of identical twins - one aristocrat, one peasant - mistakenly exchange identities on the eve of the French Revolution.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claude / Philippe
Charles / Pierre
Princess Christina
Helen Fraser ...
Mimi Montage
Rosalind Knight ...
Helene de Sisi
Harry Fowler ...
Blind Man
Ken Parry ...
Dr. Boileau
Maxwell Shaw ...
Duke de Sisi
Jacques Maury ...
Lt. Sorel
Graham Stark ...
Andre Coupe


An account of the adventures of two sets of identical twins, badly scrambled at birth, on the eve of the French Revolution. One set is haughty and aristocratic, the other poor and somewhat dim. They find themselves involved in palace intrigues as history happens around them. Based, very loosely, on Dickens's _A Tale of Two Cities_, Dumas's _The Corsican Brothers_, etc. Written by Martin H. Booda <>

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14 August 1970 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Louis, There's a Crowd Downstairs!  »

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Duke d'Escargot: What brings you to Paris?
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Duke d'Escargot: Which do you prefer? Business, or pleasure?
Charles: Well that depends on what you regard as business.
Claude: And, what you may regard as pleasure!
Duke d'Escargot: In Paris we say, business is pleasure.
Charles: And to us, pleasure is our business.
Duke d'Escargot: Then your business should be a pleasure, making my pleasure a business.
Claude: Unless, some mistake business for pleasure. While others know no business but pleasure.
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FANTASTIC but not for everyone
29 May 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie and it's one of my all-time favorite comedies, though I realize it is NOT for everyone's taste.

To enjoy this movie, you MUST have a high tolerance for the weird and silly. So, this means that the movie would go over well with Monty Python fans but would not appeal to most teenagers or those who MUST view only conventional comedies.

The plot is a hopeless mish-mash of both Alexander Dumas' books and French history. Is it historically accurate? Not even close!! But, its non-stop energy and weirdness is VERY infectious if you give it a chance. The story begins with the Count DeSisi and his wife stopping at a country doctor's home as the Countess is about to give birth. Only minutes later, a commoner, Mr. Coupe arrives with his extremely pregnant wife as well. BOTH women give birth to identical twins but the babies are mismatched and both families raise both a DeSisi AND a Coupe child.

Years pass until the poor Coupes are mistaken for the highly dangerous (and psychotic) DeSisis--and then the fun begins!!! People who would like this film are also those who love The Producers, Monty Python and the Hold Grail and Strange Brew. If any of these movies make your head hurt or just don't make sense, then avoid Start the Revoluition Without Me--because it WILL hurt your head and make NOT ONE BIT OF SENSE.

"Are you HAPPY?!.......You've Broken My Bird!!!"

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