An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Mel Brooks): (sequel): At the end of the movie, a trailer is shown for "History of the World: Part II". There never has been a movie called this. The "Part I" in this movie's title is a joke. See more »
When Comicus, Miriam, Swiftus and Josephus are escaping in the cart, the shots from behind the cart shows the tire tracks from the vehicle the camera is mounted on. See more »
I asked 'em nicely! I said pretty please! They wouldn't convert, so I'll bang on their knees!
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Last shot of the film shows a wagon riding off into the horizon with a mountain carved into the words "THE END" in the background. See more »
The Spanish Castilian video version didn't had the "critic scene" on the Stone Age segment. But it appeared on the DVD edition with subtitles. See more »
History of the World Part I (man, I wish they had done a part II!) is one of my all-time favorite comedies. In fact, this is my favorite Mel Brooks film.
One of my favorite scenes is Mel Brooks as the King of France, playing chess with real people. He yells through a loudspeaker, Pawn jump Queen, Rook jump Queen, Bishop jump Queen...everybody JUMP Queen, (well you get the idea!) Then you see him on the very top of the pile. This gets me in stitches every time! In the same skit, Harvey Korman exclaims to the King, "you look like the pee (sic) boy." In which, Brooks says "and you look like a bucket of turd (sic)." Of course, Brooks is also playing the pee (sic) boy, which is why there is a resemblance.
The movie is a series of skits from the times of the caveman up to the French Revolution. The Roman Empire skit is also hilarious.
Brooks' comedies are brilliant and this is one I highly recommend. I believe that ratings should be subject to what the film is trying to accomplish. This film wants you to laugh and have fun, and that is exactly what I do every time I see it. This is a film I can enjoy over and over again. Rating 10 of 10 stars.
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