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12 June 1981 (USA) See more »
IN MEL WE TRVST See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Mel Brooks ... Moses / Comicus / Torquemada / Jacques / King Louis XVI

Dom DeLuise ... Emperor Nero

Madeline Kahn ... Empress Nympho

Harvey Korman ... Count de Monet

Cloris Leachman ... Madame Defarge

Ron Carey ... Swiftus

Gregory Hines ... Josephus

Pamela Stephenson ... Mademoiselle Rimbaud

Shecky Greene ... Marcus Vindictus

Sid Caesar ... Chief Caveman

Mary-Margaret Humes ... Miriam

Orson Welles ... Narrator (voice)

Rudy De Luca ... Prehistoric Man / Captain Mucus - The Roman Empire (as Rudy DeLuca)
Leigh French ... Prehistoric Woman
Richard Karron ... Prehistoric Man
Susette Carroll ... Prehistoric Man
Sammy Shore ... Prehistoric Man
J.J. Barry ... Prehistoric Man
Earl Finn ... Prehistoric Man / Disciple - The Roman Empire
Suzanne Kent ... Prehistoric Man

Michael Champion ... Prehistoric Man

Howard Morris ... Court Spokesman - The Roman Empire

Charlie Callas ... Soothsayer - The Roman Empire
Dena Dietrich ... Competence - The Roman Empire

Paul Mazursky ... Roman Officer - The Roman Empire
Ron Clark ... Stoned Soldier #1 - The Roman Empire

Jack Riley ... Stoned Soldier #2 - The Roman Empire

Art Metrano ... Leonardo DaVinci - The Roman Empire
Diane Day ... Caladonia - The Roman Empire

Henny Youngman ... Chemist - The Roman Empire
Hunter von Leer ... Lt. Bob - The Roman Empire (as Hunter Von Leer)

Fritz Feld ... Maitre 'D - The Roman Empire

Hugh Hefner ... Entrepreneur - The Roman Empire

Pat McCormick ... Plumbing Salesman - The Roman Empire

Barry Levinson ... Column Salesman - The Roman Empire
Sid Gould ... Barber-Bloodletter - The Roman Empire
Ronny Graham ... Oedipus - The Roman Empire / Jew #2 - The Spanish Inquisition
Jim Steck ... Gladiator - The Roman Empire
John Myhers ... Leader of Senate - The Roman Empire

Lee Delano ... Wagon Driver - The Roman Empire
Robert Goldberg ... Senator #1 - The Roman Empire (as Robert B. Goldberg)
Alan U. Schwartz ... Senator #2 - The Roman Empire
Jay Burton ... Senator #3 - The Roman Empire
Robert Zappy ... Roman Citizen - The Roman Empire
Ira Miller ... Roman Citizen - The Roman Empire
Milt Freedman ... Roman Citizen - The Roman Empire

Johnny Silver ... Small Liar - The Roman Empire
Charles Thomas Murphy ... Auctioneer - The Roman Empire
Rod Haase ... Roman Officer - The Roman Empire

Eileen Saki ... Slave - The Roman Empire

John Hurt ... Jesus - The Roman Empire
Henry Kaiser ... Disciple - The Roman Empire
Zale Kessler ... Disciple - The Roman Empire
Anthony J. Messina ... Disciple - The Roman Empire
Howard Mann ... Disciple - The Roman Empire

Sandy Helberg ... Disciple - The Roman Empire
Mitchell Bock ... Disciple - The Roman Empire
Gilbert Lee ... Disciple - The Roman Empire
Molly Basler ... Game Show Girl - The Roman Empire
Deborah Dawes ... Game Show Girl - The Roman Empire
Christine Dickinson ... Game Show Girl - The Roman Empire
Lisa Sohm ... Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
Michele Drake ... Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire

Jeana Keough ... Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire (as Jeana Tomasino)
Lisa Welch ... Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
Janis Schmitt ... Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
Heidi Sorenson ... Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
Karen Morton ... Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
Kathy Collins ... Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire

Lori Sutton ... Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire

Lou Mulford ... Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire

Jackie Mason ... Jew #1 - The Spanish Inquisition

Phil Leeds ... Chief Monk - The Spanish Inquisition

Jack Carter ... Rat Vendor - The French Revolution
Jan Murray ... Nothing Vendor - The French Revolution

Andréas Voutsinas ... Bearnaise - The French Revolution (as Andreas Voutsinas)

Spike Milligan ... Monsieur Rimbaud - The French Revolution

John Hillerman ... Rich Man - The French Revolution

Sydney Lassick ... Applecore Vendor - The French Revolution (as Sidney Lassick)
Jonathan Cecil ... Poppinjay - The French Revolution

Andrew Sachs ... Gerard - The French Revolution
Fiona Richmond ... Queen - The French Revolution

Nigel Hawthorne ... Citizen Official - The French Revolution
Bella Emberg ... Baguette - The French Revolution
Geoffrey Larder ... Footman - The French Revolution
George Lane Cooper ... Executioner - The French Revolution
Stephanie Marrian ... Lady Marie - The French Revolution
Royce Mills ... Duke D'Honnefleur - The French Revolution
Mike Cottrell ... Tartuffe - The French Revolution
Gerald Staddon ... Le Fevre - The French Revolution (as Gerald Stadden)
John Ghavan ... Marche - The French Revolution (as John Gavin)
Rusty Goffe ... Le Muff - The French Revolution (as Rusty Goff)
Scott Henderson ... Coming Attractions
Michael Miller ... Coming Attractions

Royce D. Applegate ... Coming Attractions
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bea Arthur ... Dole Office Clerk (uncredited)
Sean Barry-Weske ... Insolent Flunkey (uncredited)

Ava Cadell ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Rod Haask ... Prehistoric Man (uncredited)
Walter Henry ... King Louis XVI's Servant (uncredited)
Linda Hoxit ... Swimming Nun (uncredited)

Denise McKenna ... Nun (uncredited)
Cleo Rocos ... French Girl (uncredited)
Dom Salinaro ... Dancer (uncredited)
Albert Whitlock ... Used Chariot Salesman (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Revolutionary Peasant (uncredited)

Directed by
Mel Brooks 
Writing credits
Mel Brooks (written by)

Produced by
Mel Brooks .... producer
Stuart Cornfeld .... associate producer
Alan Johnson .... associate producer
Joel Chernoff .... co-producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Morris 
Cinematography by
Woody Omens (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John C. Howard 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Production Design by
Harold Michelson 
Art Direction by
Norman Newberry 
Set Decoration by
Antony Mondello 
Costume Design by
Patricia Norris 
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... makeup artist: The French Revolution sequence
Jill Carpenter .... chief makeup artist: The French Revolution sequence
Paula Gillespie .... chief hair stylist: The French Revolution sequence
Vivian McAteer .... hair stylist
Robert Norin .... makeup artist
Gustaf Norin .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Alexander De Grunwald .... production manager: The French Revolution sequence
Ralph S. Singleton .... production manager (as Ralph Singleton)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mitchell Bock .... second assistant director
Brian W. Cook .... assistant director: The French Revolution sequence (as Brian Cooke)
Michael Stevenson .... assistant director: The French Revolution sequence
Jerry Ziesmer .... assistant director
Ken Tuohy .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Robert Cartwright .... art director: French Revolution sequence (as Bob Cartwright)
Harry Cordwell .... set decorator: French Revolution sequence
Stuart Craig .... production designer: French Revolution sequence
Bert Hearn .... property master: French Revolution sequence
Jack M. Marino .... property master (as Jack Marino)
Harold Michelson .... artistic advisor
Reg Richards .... construction manager: French Revolution sequence
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Adrian Start .... chargehand painter (uncredited)
Robert Van Dyke .... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gene S. Cantamessa .... production sound mixer
Les Fresholtz .... re-recording mixer
Scott Hecker .... sound editor (as Scott A. Hecker)
Arthur Piantadosi .... re-recording mixer
Tex Rudloff .... re-recording mixer
Robert R. Rutledge .... supervising sound editor
Michael Sale .... sound mixer: The French Revolution sequence (as Mike Sale)
Sandy Berman .... sound designer (uncredited)
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator (uncredited)
Steve Cantamessa .... sound (uncredited)
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects
Richard L. Hill .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects (as Albert J. Whitlock)
Charles Chiodo .... visual effects crew (uncredited)
Edward Chiodo .... visual effects crew (uncredited)
Stephen Chiodo .... visual effects crew (uncredited)
Robert Costa .... opticals: "Jews in Space" sequence (uncredited)
John Curtis .... model builder: "Jews in Space" sequence (uncredited)
Anthony Doublin .... miniature photography: "Jews in Space" sequence (uncredited)
Syd Dutton .... assistant matte painter (uncredited)
Dennis Glouner .... matte first cameraman (uncredited)
Bob Greenberg .... laser effects: "Jews in Space" sequence (uncredited)
William Guest .... miniatures (uncredited)
Bill Hedge .... visual effects: "Jews in Space" sequence (uncredited)
Mike Moramarco .... matte camera operator (uncredited)
Henry Schoessler .... matte crew (uncredited)
Bill Taylor .... matte photography (uncredited)
Susan Turner .... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
Mark Whitlock .... matte camera loader (uncredited)
Gary Combs .... stunt coordinator
William Hobbs .... stunt coordinator: The French Revolution sequence (as Bill Hobbs)
Desiree Ayres .... stunts (uncredited)
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Durock .... stunts (uncredited)
James M. Halty .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Chuy Elizondo .... camera operator
Ginger Gemmel .... camera operator: French Revolution sequence (as Ginger Gemmell)
Gibby Germaine .... gaffer
Maurice Gillett .... gaffer: French Revolution sequence
Gerald A. King .... key grip (as Gerald King)
Elliott Marks .... still photographer (as Elliot Marks)
John Morgan .... camera operator: French Revolution sequence
John Szajner .... first assistant "a" camera
Paul Wilson .... director of photography: French Revolution sequence
Alan Barry .... best boy (uncredited)
Gary Cross .... electrician (uncredited)
Brian Ellis .... focus puller: French Revolution Sequence (uncredited)
Chris Warren .... video operator (French Revolution scene) (uncredited)
Dennis Young .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Maggie Cartier .... casting: The French Revolution sequence
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jered Green .... wardrobe: men (as Jered Edd Green)
Nancy Martinelli .... wardrobe: women
David Murphy .... wardrobe supervisor: The French Revolution sequence
Editorial Department
Carol Ann DiGiuseppe .... assistant editor
Danford B. Greene .... additional editor
Stephen Lovejoy .... assistant editor
George A. Martin .... assistant editor
Location Management
Terry Needham .... location manager: The French Revolution sequence
John Spencer-Churchill .... location permission: Blenheim Palace, Oxford, England (as Duke of Marlborough)
Bill Borden .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Ralph Burns .... orchestrator: "The Spanish Inquisition"
John R. Harris .... music editor
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Randy Auerbach .... assistant to producer
Penny Daniels .... continuity: The French Revolution sequence
Alan Johnson .... choreographer
K. Lenna Katich .... accountant (as Lenna Katich)
Lillian Michelson .... researcher
Betsy Norton .... script supervisor
Loretta Ordewer .... production coordinator: The French Revolution sequence
Charlene Painter .... assistant choreographer
Judi Rosner .... production coordinator
John Trehy .... production auditor: The French Revolution sequence
Jim Turner .... accountant
Irene Walzer .... publicist
Leah Zappy .... assistant to producer
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"A Viking Funeral" - USA (segment title)
"History of the World: Part II" - USA (segment title)
"Hitler on Ice" - USA (segment title)
"Jews in Space" - USA (segment title)
"Mel Brooks' History of the World: Part 1" - USA (complete title)
"Prehistoric Man" - USA (segment title)
"The Bible" - USA (segment title)
"The Dawn of Man" - USA (segment title)
"The French Revolution" - USA (segment title)
"The Future" - USA (segment title)
"The Last Supper" - USA (segment title)
"The Old Testament" - USA (segment title)
"The Roman Empire" - USA (segment title)
"The Spanish Inquisition" - USA (segment title)
"The Stone Age" - USA (segment title)
"The Ten Commandments" - USA (segment title)
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92 min | Argentina:97 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-12 (1981) (cut) (original rating) | Finland:K-12 (1981) (uncut) (re-rating) | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:MG6 | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:R (Approved No. 26348)

Did You Know?

The movie's title is is a play on "The Historie of the World, Volume 1" by Sir Walter Raleigh. According to Wikipedia, "The History of the World was a book about the ancient history of Greece and Rome, written by Sir Walter Raleigh while prisoner in the Tower of London. He had only managed to complete the first volume before being beheaded". According to the British Explorers website, "while in the Bloody Tower, he (Raleigh) wrote the "History of the World", which was first printed in 1614. It was composed of five volumes, but only reached as far as the second Macedonian War in 130 B.C."See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Comicus, Miriam, Swiftus and Josephus reach the 'river', the tops of the water remover are obviously visible just below the surface. Later, it is obvious that the water is being dumped into a pool-like area in the middle of the river to create their path.See more »
Empress Nympho:Virgins, put on your "no entry" signs! We are about to confront... guys!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Young Frankenstein (1974)See more »
The InquisitionSee more »


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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Silly jokes, slapstick and sight gags galore, 16 June 2008
Author: ma-cortes

The film concerns about history of the world in various parts, from the dawn of human being until the distant future in French Revolution and narrated by Orson Welles. The first part during the Stone age with a sympathetic cavemen(Sid Caesar, Ron Carey) inventing the music. The second about Roman Empire with a filthy emperor Nero(Don DeLuise) with flatulence,a lecherous empress(Madeleine Khan) a slave(Gregory Hines) and of course, Mel Brooks. The following , the Spanish Inquisition , again with Mel Brooks as Torquemada making a spectacular dances, including a beautiful swimmers. The third part about French Revolution with a lascivious Luis XVI(Brooks),a conspirator count of Monet(recently deceased Harvey Korman) and a gorgeous Mademoiselle Rimbaud(Pamela Stephenson).

Mel Brook's direction keeps things moving with laughs, he directed this sometimes hilarious, but mostly crude and bad taste spoof of history with ridiculous episodes, as how to test eunuchs or the lasciviousness of Luis XVI's court. The jokes come with machine-gun rapidly , though don't always work, there are so many of them that this comedy ends up with enoughs laughs for quite entertaining. It's a stupid movie but also funny and remains like a laugh-filled amusement. The movie hasn't the thematic unity of 'The producers, Blazing saddles and Young Frankestein', the Mel Brooks's best . The stars race around like maniacs and appear several famous uncredited, actors and directors, such as Hugh Hefner as Roman entrepreneur, Paul Mazursky as roman officer, Barry Levinson as column salesman, Art Metrano as Leonardo and John Hurt as Jesus in a bemusing sketch about the 'Last supper', among others. The film is classified 'PG', parents guide, as displays objectionable material, for occasional adult content, crude language and profanity. If it weren't in such bad taste and dirty humor , it would be perfect for the children.

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