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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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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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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

The Red Sea parting by Moses (Mel Brooks) scene used the Universal Studios' attraction. See more »

Goofs

During the Stone Age segment, when Orson Welles narrates about the Cavemen discovering "Humor", A caveman unsuccessfully tries to humor the others with his comic routine before being snatched away by a dinosaur. As the dinosaur snatches the caveman comedian away, you can see the cables used to hoist him. See more »

Quotes

Oedipus: [walking around collecting donations] Give to Oedipus! Give to Oedipus! Hey, Josephus!
Josephus: Hey, motherfucker!
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The film's title rises up over the horizon like a sun rise. 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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Pretty good movie
3 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

This was actually a lot better than I expected. I'm more from a Monty Python humor background and some of the Mel Brooks humor is pretty campy and dated in a Marx Bros sense but it was still pretty darn good. It's hard not to like a guy who turns the Spanish Inquisition into a musical. I guess there's something for everyone to like (and be offended by).


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