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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
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[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]
How did you get here so fast?
I took a secret passageway.
How did you get here so fast?
I took a secret passage.
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Start the Revolution Without me is a brilliant comedy that many people just don't have the patience or the attention span for. Many of the jokes are subtle and missed if one is not paying attention to every word. In the film's delivery room scene, a archetypical aristocrat and an overstated filthy peasant ask about the progress of their pregnant wives to which the attendant asks, "Which one's the Duke?" The film thrives on awkward moments and double-entendre. It relies on the viewer to complete much of the humor on their own, and thus is not for the masses which need to be hit on the head with their entertainment. The film does rely heavily on understated sexual themes and much of the humor would be lost on children. Start the Revolution Without Me is a work which fits into the prime of its two stars, Gene Wilder and Donald Sutherland. Wilder, coming in the period of masterpieces such as The Producers and Willy Wonka. Sutherland, showing a range, playing characters in the film as different from M.A.S.H's Hawkeye Pierce as can be done. The film is funny if you sit down and watch it, start to finish. It takes time to catch many of its subtleties and double-jokes. It may well be a perfect rainy day comedy.
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