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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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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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The movie was originally intended to be shot in Czechoslovakia, but the Russian invasion of that country in 1968 forced a change in plans. See more »

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

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King Louis XVI: [King Louis and Marie Antoinette appear at a ball, where everyone is dressed in gowns and suits. The king is dressed in a chicken suit] I thought it was a costume ball!
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the art of dead pan comedy by the masters
20 November 2002 | by (cherry hill, nj) – See all my reviews

Just thinking of the "bits" in this masterpiece, sends me into hysterics. The dead hawk on Gene Wilder's arm; (before or after M. Python's dead parrot bit?), the "it's a pleasure doing business with you" bit; when they open a dungeon door to release a prisoner who has been chained to a wall for twenty years, and his first words to the jailer is, "That's a nice suit. Did you just buy it?" (It's eighteenth century France). All done in low key, straight faced, English style. It looks like the only advice Bud Yorkin the director gave this great cast was, "Forget this is a comedy. Act like it's a regular Louis VXI historical presentation. It worked like a charm. The Duke d'Escargot is played by Victor Spinetti, one of my favorite comedians, who for some reason did not reach the international fame I think he deserved. I start laughing even before he says something, and you know when he does say something it will be a piece of nonsense that you'll end up believing, because he says it with such sincerity you just gotta believe the guy. And the rest of the cast.Gene Wilder, Donald Sutherland, Billie Whitelaw, Hugh Griffith, Murray Melvin. Even I could be a Fellini with these "heavy hitters".


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