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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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Dr. Boileau
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Duke de Sisi
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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 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 »

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

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Helene de Sisis: [seeing Claude, whom she thinks is Philippe, dressed as a monk] What are you doing in a monk's habit?
Helene de Sisis: I didn't know about 'the monk and the choirboy!'
Helene de Sisis: I thought you wanted to do 'the woodchopper and the shepherd!'
Helene de Sisis: [wailing] HOW MANY COSTUMES DO YOU THINK I CAN PACK?
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Version of Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers (1984) See more »

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Quiet Slapstick comedy
22 July 1999 | by (Boston, Mass.) – See all my reviews

Start the Revolution Without me is a brilliant comedy that many people just don't have the patience or the attention span for. Many of the jokes are subtle and missed if one is not paying attention to every word. In the film's delivery room scene, a archetypical aristocrat and an overstated filthy peasant ask about the progress of their pregnant wives to which the attendant asks, "Which one's the Duke?" The film thrives on awkward moments and double-entendre. It relies on the viewer to complete much of the humor on their own, and thus is not for the masses which need to be hit on the head with their entertainment. The film does rely heavily on understated sexual themes and much of the humor would be lost on children. Start the Revolution Without Me is a work which fits into the prime of its two stars, Gene Wilder and Donald Sutherland. Wilder, coming in the period of masterpieces such as The Producers and Willy Wonka. Sutherland, showing a range, playing characters in the film as different from M.A.S.H's Hawkeye Pierce as can be done. The film is funny if you sit down and watch it, start to finish. It takes time to catch many of its subtleties and double-jokes. It may well be a perfect rainy day comedy.


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