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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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Helene de Sisi
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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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Gene Wilder, wilder than ever !

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14 August 1970 (West Germany)  »

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Louis, There's a Crowd Downstairs!  »

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Trivia

Other titles considered for this film were "Two By Two", and "Louis, There's A Crowd Downstairs!". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Spoofs The Man in the Iron Mask (1939) See more »

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A tongue in cheek gem and a dagger into the swollen buttocks of human social affectations
5 January 2000 | by (La Place, Louisiana USA) – See all my reviews

The most side-splitting scene in this entire tour d force satire of human nature has to be Hugh Griffith as the bumbling old king awkwardly shuffling down the grand staircase in that ridiculous bird costume, sabotaged by his scheming wife into thinking he was coming down to a costume ball, only to be greeted by a vast throng of uppercrusted bluebloods dressed to the nines in formal evening attire, no one daring to say anything (for he was, of course, The Royal Majesty ), the utterly confused Monarch making his way past his prostrating subjects, bobbing up and down like a giant blue chicken as he returned their bows, all the while making desperate asides to the Queen that it was supposed to be a costume ball he was attending. That has to be one of the most sophisticated scenes in any comedy I have ever seen. Such a skewer into the heart of the pompousness human nature can engender into its artificial social constructions!


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