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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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Trivia

The film is responsible for popularizing the catch-phrase "It's good to be the king". The expression is repeatedly said by Mel Brooks during "The French Revolution" segment. Mel repeated this line in Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993). See more »

Goofs

During the Stone Age segment, when Orson Welles narrates about the Cavemen discovering "Humor", A caveman unsuccessfully tries to humor the others with his comic routine before being snatched away by a dinosaur. As the dinosaur snatches the caveman comedian away, you can see the cables used to hoist him. See more »

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King Louis XVI: Ah, the Count Da Money!
Count de Monet: It's "De Mon... "
King Louis XVI: DON'T correct me!
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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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Referenced in Desperate Measures (1998) See more »

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Funkytown
Words and Music by Steven Greenberg (as Steve Greenberg)
© 1979, 1980 Rick's Music, Inc. & Steve Greenberg Music
Performed by Lipps Inc. (as Lipps, Inc.)
Courtesy of Polygram Records
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Great movie? No. Great laughs? YES!
4 July 1999 | by (Hays, KS) – See all my reviews

If you're trying to kill time on a Sunday, watch this movie. It's the perfect example of Mel Brooks comedy.

Everyone has their favorite and least favorite part. My favorite was "The Inquisition" song. My least favorite? Probably the French Revolution part, which dragged out for a while.

Hey, Mel, do your audience a favor and make "History of the World: Part II". I can just see him harassing Thomas Edison, Jimi Hendrix, Ed Sullivan, Adolph Hitler, and others.


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