History of the World: Part I
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Suggested MPAA rating: R for crude sexual humor, language, comic violence and drug use


This film has a large number of sexual jokes throughout. In one scene, a centurion is trying to find out which of the "eunichs" is not an eunich. He has a slave girl do a erotic dance in front of each of the men, waiting for one of them to have an erection. In another scene, the king of France, directing a live-action chess game, gives directions that end up in the simulated gang-rape of the woman playing the part of the queen.

A Roman emperor ogles pretty maidens in full view of his consort.

A Roman emperor uses his scepter to scratch his lower parts and obviously enjoys the sensation this provides.

More than half of the "French Revolution" segment revolved around King Louis constantly groping, harassing, and having sex with any and every woman he wants to.

In one scene, the empress inspects Trojan soldiers who are bottomless - views of several bare buttocks is shown.


Most of the violence in the film is comedic.


A fair amount of the word "fuck" is used numerous times including 1 "motherfucker", as are other profanities like shit, ass, son-of-a-bitch, etc. A gag revolves around a man whose entire job at the French Royal Court consists of carrying around a bucket for the male members of the court to relieve themselves in - he is known as the "garcon l'pis," or as the king calls him a few times, "piss-boy."

A Roman emperor repeatedly belches and flatulates.


Gregory Hines' character constructs an enormous marijuana joint in one scene in an attempt to get the Romans pursuing him stoned.

A man snorts cocaine.

Social drinking.


None really, though some viewers may be offended by a gag revolving around Jesus.

Insulting remarks are made to a large-bodied Roman emperor regarding his physical contours.

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)

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