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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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Mel Brooks

Writer:

Mel Brooks
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Brooks ... Moses / Comicus / Torquemada / Jacques / King Louis XVI
Dom DeLuise ... Emperor Nero
Madeline Kahn ... Empress Nympho
Harvey Korman ... Count de Monet
Cloris Leachman ... Madame Defarge
Ron Carey ... Swiftus
Gregory Hines ... Josephus
Pamela Stephenson ... Mademoiselle Rimbaud
Shecky Greene ... Marcus Vindictus
Sid Caesar ... Chief Caveman
Mary-Margaret Humes ... Miriam
Orson Welles ... Narrator (voice)
Rudy De Luca ... Prehistoric Man / Captain Mucus - The Roman Empire (as Rudy DeLuca)
Leigh French ... Prehistoric Woman
Richard Karron Richard Karron ... Prehistoric Man
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Storyline

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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a little something to offend everyone... See more »


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At the beginning of the French Revolution segment, the sign we see outside of Mademoiselle De Farge's hotel reads "Serving the Scum of Paris for 300 years". The French Revolution takes place in 1789 (according to the Piss Boy ("Garçon de Pisse") posing as King Louis, played by Mel Brooks. The previous segment depicting the Spanish Inquisition takes place in 1489 (according to Orson Welles' introduction), which is exactly three hundred years earlier. See more »

Goofs

When Caesar hands the medallion to his aide and says "wash this," the aide is seen holding the medallion but when the camera angle changes, he doesn't have it. See more »

Quotes

Comicus: I'm fighting with cardboard!
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Crazy Credits

The film's title rises up over the horizon like a sun rise. See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

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Featured in Scope (2017) See more »

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Hooray for Hollywood
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Witty AND Clever
3 March 2006 | by FiendishDramaturgySee all my reviews

Although it is aged around the edges, History of the World is one of my favorite comedies. Admittedly, I have a good 100 in my "favorites" list, but HotW is definitely in the top 25. It is pure enjoyment and while sometimes raucous, it is never raunchy. Tactless, but never dumbed down, and that makes for the best kind of comedy.

In true Brooks fashion, this work takes you from a parody of life to a satirical pop-culture vehicle. Unfortunately, the many late 1970's pop-culture references throughout the dialog is what dates this work. Otherwise, it would still be fresh, today.

Led by Mel Brooks's polished stylized direction, this work is not only hilarious, but is clever in its irony. It never takes itself too seriously, and delivers with every scene.

If you liked Wholly Moses, you will LOVE this!

It rates a 6.4/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin | French

Release Date:

12 June 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mel Brooks' History of the World: Part 1 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,792,731, 14 June 1981

Gross USA:

$31,672,907

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,672,907
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Company Credits

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Brooksfilms See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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