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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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History of the World: Part II  »

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Final feature film of actor John Myhers. 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 »

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Narrator: See: Hitler on Ice!
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VESTAL VIRGINS Portrayed by Playboy Playmates and Models See more »

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Jews In Space
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Original Music & Lyrics © 1981 Brooksfilms Music Limited
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"He's definitely a eunich."
28 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Marred only by overlength, this is one hilarious bit of cinema as Mel Brooks satirizes the stone age, the 10 Commandments, Rome, the Last Supper, the Inquisition, and Louie the 16th (sorry I couldn't get the name right). Of course, the stone age also happens to make fun of "2001 A Space Odyssey". Also funny is at the end with the whole "Jews In Space" bit. I love that stuff.

Personally I thought the best bits were set in Rome, what with the gags about Vestal Virgins, innuendo between the queen and the late Gregory Hines, the "Stand Up Philosopher", Ethiopia, getting the Roman guards high, and of course, the Last Supper. This is not to say the Inquisition Musical number is not worth a look.

"Jesus!" - Mel Brooks

"What?" - Jesus Christ


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