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Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)

Two mismatched sets of identical twins, one aristocrat, one peasant, mistakenly exchange identities on the eve of the French Revolution.

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Bud Yorkin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Wilder ... Claude / Philippe
Donald Sutherland ... Charles / Pierre
Hugh Griffith ... King Louis
Jack MacGowran ... Jacques
Billie Whitelaw ... Queen Marie
Victor Spinetti ... Duke d'Escargot
Ewa Aulin ... Christina
Helen Fraser Helen Fraser ... Mimi
Rosalind Knight Rosalind Knight ... Helene de Sisi
Harry Fowler ... Marcel
Murray Melvin ... Blind Man
Ken Parry Ken Parry ... Dr. Boileau
Maxwell Shaw Maxwell Shaw ... Duke de Sisi
Jacques Maury Jacques Maury ... Lt. Sorel
Graham Stark ... Andre Coupe
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An account of the adventures of two sets of identical twins, badly scrambled at birth, on the eve of the French Revolution. One set is haughty and aristocratic, the other poor and somewhat dim. They find themselves involved in palace intrigues as history happens around them. Based, very loosely, on Dickens's _A Tale of Two Cities_, Dumas's _The Corsican Brothers_, etc. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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Comedy | History

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1970 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Louis, There's a Crowd Downstairs! See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Gene Wilder wanted Charles Grodin to play the part of Charles/Pierre, but Grodin declined, having committed to directing the original Broadway production of Lovers and Other Strangers (1970). See more »

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Twentieth century buses visible on a bridge in background of swordfight. See more »

Quotes

Duke d'Escargot: What brings you to Paris?
Claude: Oh, you might say a little business...
Charles: ...and a little pleasure.
Duke d'Escargot: Which do you prefer? Business, or pleasure?
Charles: Well that depends on what you regard as business.
Claude: And, what you may regard as pleasure!
Duke d'Escargot: In Paris we say, business is pleasure.
Charles: And to us, pleasure is our business.
Duke d'Escargot: Then your business should be a pleasure, making my pleasure a business.
Claude: Unless, some mistake business for pleasure. While others know no business but pleasure.
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show of the historical/comedy genre.
5 March 2006 | by ElswetSee all my reviews

Two sets of twins are mis-matched at birth. One set belongs to a royal family, and one set belongs to a peasant couple. Just as things begin to get interesting for the royal brothers, the peasant brothers trade places with them. The peasant brothers join the revolution while their idiot twins sit around eating and failing to notice the French Revolution which is going on all around them. This work has heart yet never takes itself too seriously, making for a level of enjoyable chaos suitable for an entertaining 91 minutes. Unfortunately, this movie died upon release only to become a Rocky Horror Picture Show of its own among the college crowd.

For some reason, this movie reminds me of Cheech and Chong's the Corsican Brothers. I can't help but associate the two, since they do have the same feeling.

Gene Wilder turns in his usual wonderful performance and Donald Sutherland actually manages to carry off the comedy. The plot is littered with small holes, but the story is rather irrelevant. This work is more for the comedic effect than anything else, and it holds up well throughout. That having been said, let me also point out that this movie was nominated for best story written for the screen by the Writers Guild.

This work is great fun to watch and a MUST SEE for any Gene Wilder fan! He plays two parts and therefore gets loads of screen time.

It rates a 7.8/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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