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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.


Bud Yorkin

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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


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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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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1.78 : 1
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Orson Welles did his narration in two days. See more »


When Marie, and Philippe are kissing on the couch, the dog on the couch disappears, and reappears a couple of times. See more »


[there are two sets of brothers, a brother from one set has unknowingly spoken to a brother from another set when their actual brothers arrive]
Philippe: How did you get here so fast?
Pierre: I took a secret passageway.
Charles: How did you get here so fast?
Claude: I took a secret passage.
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FANTASTIC but not for everyone
29 May 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I loved this movie and it's one of my all-time favorite comedies, though I realize it is NOT for everyone's taste.

To enjoy this movie, you MUST have a high tolerance for the weird and silly. So, this means that the movie would go over well with Monty Python fans but would not appeal to most teenagers or those who MUST view only conventional comedies.

The plot is a hopeless mish-mash of both Alexander Dumas' books and French history. Is it historically accurate? Not even close!! But, its non-stop energy and weirdness is VERY infectious if you give it a chance. The story begins with the Count DeSisi and his wife stopping at a country doctor's home as the Countess is about to give birth. Only minutes later, a commoner, Mr. Coupe arrives with his extremely pregnant wife as well. BOTH women give birth to identical twins but the babies are mismatched and both families raise both a DeSisi AND a Coupe child.

Years pass until the poor Coupes are mistaken for the highly dangerous (and psychotic) DeSisis--and then the fun begins!!! People who would like this film are also those who love The Producers, Monty Python and the Hold Grail and Strange Brew. If any of these movies make your head hurt or just don't make sense, then avoid Start the Revoluition Without Me--because it WILL hurt your head and make NOT ONE BIT OF SENSE.

"Are you HAPPY?!.......You've Broken My Bird!!!"

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