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History of the World: Part I (1981)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Moses / Comicus / Torquemada / Jacques / King Louis XVI
... Emperor Nero
... Empress Nympho
... Count de Monet
... Madame Defarge
... Swiftus
... Josephus
... Mademoiselle Rimbaud
... Marcus Vindictus
... Chief Caveman
... Miriam
... Narrator (voice)
... Prehistoric Man / Captain Mucus - The Roman Empire (as Rudy DeLuca)
Leigh French ... Prehistoric Woman
Richard Karron ... Prehistoric Man
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From the dawn of man to the distant future, mankind's evolution (or lack thereof) is traced. Often ridiculous but never serious, we learn the truth behind the Roman Emperor, we learn what REALLY happened at the Last Supper, the circumstances that surrounded the French Revolution, how to test eunuchs, and what kind of shoes the Spanish Inquisitor wore. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Comedy | History

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12 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Viking Funeral  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,792,731, 14 June 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,672,907
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Appearing in this movie was Brooks regular Madeline Kahn, who had previously appeared in Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), and High Anxiety (1977). See more »

Goofs

As Comicus and Swiftus are watching Josephus performing on the slave auction block, there's a girl standing behind them in some shots and not in other shots. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: See: Hitler on Ice!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie there is a teaser-trailer for a (never to be released) History of the World: Part II, featuring a Viking burial, a "Hitler on Ice" number and a science fiction "Jews in Space". See more »

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Referenced in Orgazmo (1997) See more »

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An der schonen blauen Donau
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Written by Johann Strauss
[Played during the segment "Hitler on ice"]
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OK; What do you expect???
6 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I'm kind of surprised at some of the reviews of this film. Mainly the "very poor" and "putrid" ones. This is Mel Brooks having the time of his life. The marketplace scene is hilarious. "Plumbing! Pump s**t right out of your house! Plumbing!

It's a wild romp through early history, with a few side steps into vaudeville and Broadway. I disagree that this film is not a classic. There are enough funny lines to quote out of this film to keep the average frat house laughing through three or four kegs of Bud.

"Boy, when you die at the palace, you REALLY die at the palace!"

Madeline (The Queen): "What happens to the slaves?"

Queen's Maid: "If they're captured, they're hung."

Madeline (The Queen): "Not necessarily."

So I suggest that you take of the Jeffrey Lyons face, sit down with some chips and brews, and watch this movie if you haven't already done so. Slapstick? You bet. Silly? Of course. As I asked before. It's Mel Brooks. What do you expect????

9/10


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