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History of the World: Part I (1981)

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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Comedy | History

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12 June 1981 (USA)  »

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A Viking Funeral  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$31,672,907
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Trivia

Appearing in this movie was Brooks regular Madeline Kahn, who had previously appeared in Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), and High Anxiety (1977). 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

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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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie there is a teaser-trailer for a (never to be released) History of the World: Part II, featuring a Viking burial, a "Hitler on Ice" number and a science fiction "Jews in Space". See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Hooray for Hollywood
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Mel Brook's best film, yet.
22 June 1999 | by 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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