Down 1 this week

History of the World: Part I (1981)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  12 June 1981 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 33,867 users  
Reviews: 130 user | 44 critic

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.



Watch Trailer
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

The 10 Most Immersive Worlds in Cinema

Highly immersive cinematic worlds can carry a movie, and we've rounded up the best of the best.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 21 Aug 2011
a list of 23 titles
created 16 Dec 2011
a list of 37 titles
created 03 Apr 2014
a list of 26 titles
created 11 Apr 2014
a list of 21 titles
created 05 Jun 2014

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: History of the World: Part I (1981)

History of the World: Part I (1981) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of History of the World: Part I.

User Polls

1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens
Silent Movie (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A film director and his strange friends struggle to produce the first major silent feature film in forty years.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise
Adventure | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A spoof of Robin Hood in general and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) in particular.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis, Roger Rees
Spaceballs (1987)
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Planet Spaceball's President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal Planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Dr. Frankenstein's grandson, after years of living down the family reputation, inherits granddad's castle and repeats the experiments.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman
High Anxiety (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Mel Brooks' parody of Alfred Hitchcock films.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman
The Producers (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Mel Brooks' parody of the classic vampire story and its famous film adaptations.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Mel Brooks, Peter MacNicol
Certificate: GP Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1920s Soviet Russia, a fallen aristocrat, a priest and a con artist search for a treasure of jewels hidden inside one of twelve dining chairs, lost during the revolution.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Mel Brooks, Ron Moody, Frank Langella
Life Stinks (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A filthy rich businessman bets a corporate rival that he can live on the streets of L.A. without the comforts of home or money, which proves to be tougher than he thought.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Mel Brooks, Lesley Ann Warren, Jeffrey Tambor
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A bad Polish actor is just trying to make a living when what should intrude but World War II in the form of an invasion. His wife has the habit of entertaining young Polish officers while ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Johnson
Stars: Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Ronny Graham
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Incompetent cop Frank Drebin has to foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.

Director: David Zucker
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson


Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
Rudy De Luca ...
Prehistoric Man / Captain Mucus - The Roman Empire (as Rudy DeLuca)
Leigh French ...
Prehistoric Woman
Richard Karron ...


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Ten million years in the making. The truth, the whole truth, and everything, but the truth! See more »




R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





| |

Release Date:

12 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

History of the World: Part II  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 8,592,518 (Sweden)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The character name of Swiftus Lazarus, played by Ron Carey, was a spoof of the name of Hollywood agent Swifty Lazar. See more »


In the prehistoric man segments, the narrator refers to "Homo sapien" instead of "Homo sapiens". See more »


Marcus Vindictus: [When a feather on Josephus' fan rises depicting an erection] The jig is up!
Josephus: And gone!
See more »

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 »


Spoofs Quo Vadis (1951) See more »


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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

One Of My Favorite Comedies
18 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

History of the World Part I (man, I wish they had done a part II!) is one of my all-time favorite comedies. In fact, this is my favorite Mel Brooks film.

One of my favorite scenes is Mel Brooks as the King of France, playing chess with real people. He yells through a loudspeaker, Pawn jump Queen, Rook jump Queen, Bishop jump Queen...everybody JUMP Queen, (well you get the idea!) Then you see him on the very top of the pile. This gets me in stitches every time! In the same skit, Harvey Korman exclaims to the King, "you look like the pee (sic) boy." In which, Brooks says "and you look like a bucket of turd (sic)." Of course, Brooks is also playing the pee (sic) boy, which is why there is a resemblance.

The movie is a series of skits from the times of the caveman up to the French Revolution. The Roman Empire skit is also hilarious.

Brooks' comedies are brilliant and this is one I highly recommend. I believe that ratings should be subject to what the film is trying to accomplish. This film wants you to laugh and have fun, and that is exactly what I do every time I see it. This is a film I can enjoy over and over again. Rating 10 of 10 stars.

19 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
favoret line sploosh-2
Boy, when you die at the palace, you really DIE at the palace! salgueiro
Why is it rated R? ImpulseControlled
'Put it in the car...' ohhkayfolks
gene wilder cameo? humiliatedgrapes17
Mel's Recent Official Blurb About History of the World Part 2 Brookslyn
Discuss History of the World: Part I (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: