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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

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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IN MEL WE TRVST See more »

Genres:

Comedy | History

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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

Production Co:

Brooksfilms See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the Roman Empire segment, Oedipus can be seen begging for money and wearing dark sunglasses as an indicator of being blind. When Josephus passes him, he slaps Oedipus' hand and says, "Hey, motherfucker". Oedipus was a mythical Greek King, who was told in a prophecy that he would kill his father and marry his mother. When the prophecy finally came true, Oedipus gouged out his eyes with his mother's hairpins. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the Roman Empire Segment, one of the running jokes was the use of a V in place of a U. It seems that great care was taken to do this on every sign. Except the Annual Orgy sign which has two Us on it that were not changed to Vs. U's are also visible on the "Equal Opportunity Employer" sign at the Unemployment Office. See more »

Quotes

Jew #2: I was sitting in a temple / I was minding my own business / I was listening to a lovely Hebrew mass / Then these papist persons plunge in / And they throw me in the dungeon / And they shove a red-hot poker up my ass / Is that considerate? / Is that polite? / And not a tube of Preparation-H in sight!
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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 »

Connections

Spoofs The Ten Commandments (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Marseillaise
(uncredited)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
[Played in the intro for the segment "French Revolution"]
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Witty AND Clever
3 March 2006 | by ElswetSee 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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