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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
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Mimi Montage
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Marcel
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Dr. Boileau
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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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Gene Wilder was already adept with a sword from his days on his college fencing team. See more »

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When the Duchess and Peasant woman give birth, the children are placed in a mismatch fashion. The Doctor places the twins together correctly, when he attempts the mismatch them. See more »

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[there are two sets of brothers, a brother from one set has unknowingly spoken to a brother from another set when their actual brothers arrive]
Philippe: How did you get here so fast?
Pierre: I took a secret passageway.
Charles: How did you get here so fast?
Claude: I took a secret passage.
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very well-crafted farce in the Mel Brooks style
22 May 2000 | by (Spotsylvania, Virginia) – See all my reviews

A very well-deserved reputation as a cult classic, based on brilliant performances and excellent writing. I've seen it perhaps a dozen times and keep finding subtle jokes I had missed, such as the Corsican Brothers' names, "da Sissy" (a play on the feminine affectations of the noblemen and particularly Sutherland's sort-of-in-the-closet character. Those who don't remember the original M*A*S*H movie tend to think of Sutherland in his scary or evil roles and ignore his great gift for comedy. One of the great lines of this movie is Sutherland's response to Wilder's, "Someday I shall be King!" -- "... and I shall be Queen!"

The character names are inspired: Escargot, Coupe, da Sissy ... and a lot of the humor is in this vein, but quick. Even the lower-billed players (particularly the King, Queen Marie and Escargot) are perfectly cast and brilliant. If you like Mel Brooks or the Airplane! or Leslie Nielsen comedies, you WILL love this masterpiece.


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