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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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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Final feature film of actor John Myhers. See more »

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When the cave man throws the spear, is penetrates the abdomen of another cave men. When the spear is pulled out, the is no blood on the blade. See more »

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Moses: The Lord, the Lord Jehovah has given unto you these fifteen...
[drops one of the tablets]
Moses: Oy! Ten! Ten commandments for all to obey!
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The film's title rises up over the horizon like a sun rise. See more »

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Referenced in The Naked Archaeologist: Biblical Food (2005) 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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One Of My Favorite Comedies
18 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

History of the World Part I (man, I wish they had done a part II!) is one of my all-time favorite comedies. In fact, this is my favorite Mel Brooks film.

One of my favorite scenes is Mel Brooks as the King of France, playing chess with real people. He yells through a loudspeaker, Pawn jump Queen, Rook jump Queen, Bishop jump Queen...everybody JUMP Queen, (well you get the idea!) Then you see him on the very top of the pile. This gets me in stitches every time! In the same skit, Harvey Korman exclaims to the King, "you look like the pee (sic) boy." In which, Brooks says "and you look like a bucket of turd (sic)." Of course, Brooks is also playing the pee (sic) boy, which is why there is a resemblance.

The movie is a series of skits from the times of the caveman up to the French Revolution. The Roman Empire skit is also hilarious.

Brooks' comedies are brilliant and this is one I highly recommend. I believe that ratings should be subject to what the film is trying to accomplish. This film wants you to laugh and have fun, and that is exactly what I do every time I see it. This is a film I can enjoy over and over again. Rating 10 of 10 stars.


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