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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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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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Ten million years in the making. The truth, the whole truth, and everything, but the truth! See more »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Debut American / Hollywood movie of New Zealand born Australian and later British actress-comedienne Pamela Stephenson. See more »

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

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Captain Mucus: [stoned] You men go northwest! You men go southwest! I'm gonna walk around right here in a circle.
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Hooray for Hollywood
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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OK; What do you expect???
6 October 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I'm kind of surprised at some of the reviews of this film. Mainly the "very poor" and "putrid" ones. This is Mel Brooks having the time of his life. The marketplace scene is hilarious. "Plumbing! Pump s**t right out of your house! Plumbing!

It's a wild romp through early history, with a few side steps into vaudeville and Broadway. I disagree that this film is not a classic. There are enough funny lines to quote out of this film to keep the average frat house laughing through three or four kegs of Bud.

"Boy, when you die at the palace, you REALLY die at the palace!"

Madeline (The Queen): "What happens to the slaves?"

Queen's Maid: "If they're captured, they're hung."

Madeline (The Queen): "Not necessarily."

So I suggest that you take of the Jeffrey Lyons face, sit down with some chips and brews, and watch this movie if you haven't already done so. Slapstick? You bet. Silly? Of course. As I asked before. It's Mel Brooks. What do you expect????

9/10


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