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

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History of the World: Part II  »

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The movie's title is is a play on "The Historie of the World, Volume 1" by Sir Walter Raleigh. According to Wikipedia, "The History of the World was a book about the ancient history of Greece and Rome, written by Sir Walter Raleigh while prisoner in the Tower of London; he had only managed to complete the first volume before being beheaded". According to the British Explorers website, "whilst in the Bloody Tower he [Raleigh] wrote the "History of the World"...which was first printed in 1614. It was composed of five volumes but only reached as far as the second Macedonian War in 130 BC". See more »

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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

[Comicus escapes by kicking Marcus in the groin]
Captain Mucus: Commander, what happened? Where are they?
Marcus Vindictus: [high-pitched voice] Get the horses! Get the chariots! Get the men!
Captain Mucus: Onward!
[the soldiers start to run, but Marcus stops him]
Marcus Vindictus: Get me an ice pack! Hurry!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie there is a teaser-trailer for a (never to be released) History of the World: Part II, featuring a Viking burial, a "Hitler on Ice" number and a science fiction "Jews in Space". See more »

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Hooray for Hollywood
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Witty AND Clever
3 March 2006 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

Although it is aged around the edges, History of the World is one of my favorite comedies. Admittedly, I have a good 100 in my "favorites" list, but HotW is definitely in the top 25. It is pure enjoyment and while sometimes raucous, it is never raunchy. Tactless, but never dumbed down, and that makes for the best kind of comedy.

In true Brooks fashion, this work takes you from a parody of life to a satirical pop-culture vehicle. Unfortunately, the many late 1970's pop-culture references throughout the dialog is what dates this work. Otherwise, it would still be fresh, today.

Led by Mel Brooks's polished stylized direction, this work is not only hilarious, but is clever in its irony. It never takes itself too seriously, and delivers with every scene.

If you liked Wholly Moses, you will LOVE this!

It rates a 6.4/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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