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History of the World: Part I (1981)

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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:
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Leigh French ...
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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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a little something to offend everyone... See more »


Comedy | History


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Release Date:

12 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Viking Funeral  »


Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,792,731, 14 June 1981, Limited Release

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Andrew Sachs: As Gerard in "The French Revolution" segment. See more »


When Comicus, Miriam, Swiftus and Josephus reach the 'river', the tops of the water remover are obviously visible just below the surface. Later, it is obvious that the water is being dumped into a pool-like area in the middle of the river to create their path. See more »


Leader of Senate: All fellow members of the Roman senate hear me. Shall we continue to build palace after palace for the rich? Or shall we aspire to a more noble purpose and build decent housing for the poor? How does the senate vote?
Entire Senate: FUCK THE POOR!
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Crazy Credits

VESTAL VIRGINS Portrayed by Playboy Playmates and Models See more »


Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
[Played in the intro for the segment "French Revolution"]
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Pretty good movie
3 January 2001 | by 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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