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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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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a little something to offend everyone... 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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Did You Know?


Of all the episodes in this movie, the Roman Empire segment is the longest, running at forty-nine minutes. See more »


When Josephus slips on the banana peel, his foot misses the peel. See more »


Judas: No, No! Leave us alone!
Comicus: All right, all right! Jesus!
Jesus: Yes?
Comicus: What?
Jesus: What?
Comicus: What?
Jesus: Yes?
Comicus: Jesus!
Jesus: Yes?
Comicus: What?
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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 »


Spoofs Footlight Parade (1933) See more »


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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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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