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History of the World: Part I (1981)

R | | Comedy | 12 June 1981 (USA)
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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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

During the French Revolution segment, the palace guards that meet the Count de Monet's carriage can be seen to be armed with child's cap rifles. These toy rifles, popular at the time with local attractions like Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm, used small paper rolls with dots of gunpowder embedded in them to make a shooting sound. See more »

Goofs

In the Spanish Inquisition musical number, the nuns do an underwater show that ends with them standing on a menorah. It is clearly visible in the movie that the action is in reverse. See more »

Quotes

Bearnaise: Pardon! Pardon! Pardon!
Count de Monet: Yes?
Bearnaise: You are pissing on my shoe.
Count de Monet: [grinning] Sorry...
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Crazy Credits

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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Spoofs Battlestar Galactica (1978) 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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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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