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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

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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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a little something to offend everyone... 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Near the beginning of the Roman sequence there is a "V and X Store" that would be the Roman equivalent of the five and dime store. See more »

Goofs

In Caesar's palace during the feast, wine is spilled on Caesar's toga but the stain disappears in subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

Empress Nympho: Bob?
Bob: Yes, Your Highness?
Empress Nympho: Oh, Bob, do I have any openings that this man might fit?
Crowd: Whooooaaaaaaa!
Bob: Well, we could use another wine steward.
Josephus: I got a great corkscrew!
Crowd: Whoooaaaaaaa!
Josephus: Damn, this a hip crowd!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

The German TV version is missing the "Hitler on Ice" segment during the finale. Also, there is a small bit missing in the stone age segment, showing the invention of art (wall painting), and the first critic taking a leak on the masterpiece. 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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A Little Something to Offend Everyone...
4 December 1999 | by CHARLIE-89See all my reviews

There's a little something to offend everyone in this hilarious history lesson, with some personal research by Mel Brooks. To me, it's funnier than, say SILENT MOVIE or HIGH ANXIETY, but not as good as BLAZING SADDLES or maybe YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. My personal feeling is that HISTORY OF THE WORLD-PART 1 succeeds as being so hilarious due to the fact that it is so incredibly crude. It's a miracle that it gets shown on TV (even in a censored version). I own the book written by Mel Brooks in 1981. It is a telling of the movie complete with MANY photographs taken from the film. Sometimes, I think that the film gets mean-spirited, and that is when it isn't funny anymore. Mel Brooks is the undisputed comedy genius of the latter half of this century. Without a doubt, he has made more people laugh than any one else. His comedy is unique because while it is in bad taste, he somehow makes us feel good. Even in his first film, he makes us laugh at something in bad taste. This is where he is different from other, run-of-the-mill comics like Adam Sandler or Eddie Murphy, or SNL or anything like that- because Brooks' really knows what is funny. From his earliest effort to his latest, he remains a genius. But as for HISTORY OF THE WORLD. It seems to be his most popular movie with today's generation. BLAZING SADDLES is still popular, though. Of course, THE PRODUCERS, THE TWELVE CHAIRS, SILENT MOVIE, HIGH ANXIETY, TO BE OR NOT TO BE, and LIFE STINKS were all aimed at older audiences, his films like BLAZING SADDLES,YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, HISTORY OF THE WORLD, SPACEBALLS, ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS and DRACULA: DEAD AND LOVING IT will always be popular with the younger audiences.


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