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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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The tune used in the 'Jews in Space' segment was later recycled into the 'Men in Tights' number from Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993). See more »

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As Comicus and Swiftus are watching Josephus performing on the slave auction block, there's a girl standing behind them in some shots and not in other shots. See more »

Quotes

Jew #2: I was sitting in a temple / I was minding my own business / I was listening to a lovely Hebrew mass / Then these papist persons plunge in / And they throw me in the dungeon / And they shove a red-hot poker up my ass / Is that considerate? / Is that polite? / And not a tube of Preparation-H in sight!
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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 »

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Funkytown
Words and Music by Steven Greenberg (as Steve Greenberg)
© 1979, 1980 Rick's Music, Inc. & Steve Greenberg Music
Performed by Lipps Inc. (as Lipps, Inc.)
Courtesy of Polygram Records
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Mel Brook's best film, yet.
22 June 1999 | by (St. Louis, Missouri) – See all my reviews

Classical comedy satire..Mel Brook's best film. Once you've seen this film, you will not forgot it. The punchlines keep rolling from the beginning of the film, and even past "the big ending". There is not much of a plot, but that is to be expected in a movie that contains a bunch of skits. If you like Monty Python, then you should love this movie. This movie is not for everyone, especially if you are easily offended. However the opening scene should tell you if you would have a problem watching the rest of the movie. This movie does currently rank in my top 10 comedies of all time.


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