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History of the World: Part I (1981)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  12 June 1981 (USA)
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Mel Brooks brings his one-of-a-kind comic touch to the history of mankind covering events from the Old Testament to the French Revolution in a series of episodic comedy vignettes.

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Prehistoric Man / Captain Mucus - The Roman Empire (as Rudy DeLuca)
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From the dawn of man to the distant future, mankind's evolution (or lack thereof) is traced. Often ridiculous but never serious, we learn the truth behind the Roman Emperor, we learn what REALLY happened at the Last Supper, the circumstances that surrounded the French Revolution, how to test eunuchs, and what kind of shoes the Spanish Inquisitor wore. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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12 June 1981 (USA)  »

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History of the World: Part II  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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SEK 8,592,518 (Sweden)
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Trivia

The movie's closing credits were designed like the opening credits of another 20th Century Fox production of a "Star Wars" film, of which at the time the picture was made, there had only been two, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). The credits directly followed the "Jews In Space" segment which is said to have anticipated Mel Brooks later "Star Wars" spoof Spaceballs (1987) which was made and released about six years after this picture. See more »

Goofs

When the Roman soldiers arrive to present Cesar with the spoils of war, a fanfare sounds. However when the shot cuts to the soldiers entering, the heralds (trumpeters) are just starting to bring their horns up to play them. See more »

Quotes

[while Josephus is hiding among the eunuchs, Caladonia dances erotically in front of them to test them]
Marcus Vindictus: He's a eunuch.
Captain Mucus: Mmm-hmm.
[she moves to another one, dancing harder]
Marcus Vindictus: *He's* a eunuch.
Captain Mucus: Mmm-hmm.
[she moves to a third one, dancing even harder]
Marcus Vindictus: He's *dead!*
Captain Mucus: Hmm.
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Crazy Credits

Last shot of the film shows a wagon riding off into the horizon with a mountain carved into the words "THE END" in the background. See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.121 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

The Inquisition
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks and Ronny Graham
Performed by Mel Brooks Jackie Mason and Ronny Graham
Original Music & Lyrics © 1981 Brooksfilms Music Limited
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OK; What do you expect???
6 October 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I'm kind of surprised at some of the reviews of this film. Mainly the "very poor" and "putrid" ones. This is Mel Brooks having the time of his life. The marketplace scene is hilarious. "Plumbing! Pump s**t right out of your house! Plumbing!

It's a wild romp through early history, with a few side steps into vaudeville and Broadway. I disagree that this film is not a classic. There are enough funny lines to quote out of this film to keep the average frat house laughing through three or four kegs of Bud.

"Boy, when you die at the palace, you REALLY die at the palace!"

Madeline (The Queen): "What happens to the slaves?"

Queen's Maid: "If they're captured, they're hung."

Madeline (The Queen): "Not necessarily."

So I suggest that you take of the Jeffrey Lyons face, sit down with some chips and brews, and watch this movie if you haven't already done so. Slapstick? You bet. Silly? Of course. As I asked before. It's Mel Brooks. What do you expect????

9/10


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