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Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)

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

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Claude / Philippe
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Charles / Pierre
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Jacques
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Princess Christina
Helen Fraser ...
Mimi Montage
Rosalind Knight ...
Helene de Sisi
Harry Fowler ...
Marcel
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Blind Man
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Dr. Boileau
Maxwell Shaw ...
Duke de Sisi
Jacques Maury ...
Lt. Sorel
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Andre Coupe
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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 <booda@datasync.com>

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14 August 1970 (West Germany)  »

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Louis, There's a Crowd Downstairs!  »

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Trivia

Gene Wilder wanted Charles Grodin to play the part of Charles/Pierre, but Grodin declined, having committed to directing the original Broadway production of Lovers and Other Strangers (1970) See more »

Goofs

Twentieth century buses visible on a bridge in background of swordfight. See more »

Quotes

Helene de Sisis: I'm sorry Philippe, I try my best to please you.
Philippe de Sisis: How? You can't hunt, you can't ride, you can't shoot, you can't fence! What kind of a marriage is this?
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Funny & Memorable
24 January 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a time when so many films are just plain "forgettable," it's good to be able to look back and fondly recall a film that was both funny and memorable.

This movie has it's own unique flavor of comedy while still being reminiscent of great films like "Catch 22," and "Help!" (Maybe it's the appearance of Orson Wells and Victor Spinetti that does this for me...)

There's much more than just slapstick to be had here. Definitely worth the look.


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