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History of the World: Part I (1981)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  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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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 <>

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




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Release Date:

12 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

History of the World: Part II  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 8,592,518 (Sweden)

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Jackie Mason:  As Jew #1 in "The Spanish Inquisition" segment. See more »


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 »


Jacques: Don't cry, my dear. I may not have been born a king, or lived like a king. But at least I can die like a king!
[He strides to the guillotine with dignity]
Citizen Official: Your Majesty, do you require a blindfold?
Jacques: None!
Citizen Official: Have you any last request?
Jacques: None!
Citizen Official: Test the guillotine!
[Another executioner triggers the guillotine; the blade comes down and chops the head off a wooden dummy]
Jacques: *Holy shit!* Uh, wait! Wait! Last request! I have a last request!
Citizen Official: What is your last request?
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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 »


Referenced in Mel and His Movies (2013) 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
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Pretty good movie
3 January 2001 | by (London England) – See all my reviews

This was actually a lot better than I expected. I'm more from a Monty Python humor background and some of the Mel Brooks humor is pretty campy and dated in a Marx Bros sense but it was still pretty darn good. It's hard not to like a guy who turns the Spanish Inquisition into a musical. I guess there's something for everyone to like (and be offended by).

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