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History of the World: Part I ()


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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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Moses / Comicus / Torquemada / Jacques / King Louis XVI
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Emperor Nero
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Empress Nympho
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Count de Monet
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Madame Defarge
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Swiftus
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Josephus
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Mademoiselle Rimbaud
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Marcus Vindictus
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Chief Caveman
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Miriam
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Narrator (voice)
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Prehistoric Man / Captain Mucus - The Roman Empire (as Rudy DeLuca)
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Prehistoric Woman
Richard Karron ...
Prehistoric Man
Susette Carroll ...
Prehistoric Man
Sammy Shore ...
Prehistoric Man
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Prehistoric Man
Earl Finn ...
Prehistoric Man / Disciple - The Roman Empire
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Prehistoric Man
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Prehistoric Man
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Court Spokesman - The Roman Empire
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Soothsayer - The Roman Empire
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Competence - The Roman Empire
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Roman Officer - The Roman Empire
Ron Clark ...
Stoned Soldier #1 - The Roman Empire
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Stoned Soldier #2 - The Roman Empire
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Leonardo DaVinci - The Roman Empire
Diane Day ...
Caladonia - The Roman Empire
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Chemist - The Roman Empire
Hunter von Leer ...
Lt. Bob - The Roman Empire (as Hunter Von Leer)
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Maitre 'D - The Roman Empire
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Entrepreneur - The Roman Empire
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Plumbing Salesman - The Roman Empire
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Column Salesman - The Roman Empire
Sid Gould ...
Barber-Bloodletter - The Roman Empire
Ronny Graham ...
Oedipus - The Roman Empire / Jew #2 - The Spanish Inquisition
Jim Steck ...
Gladiator - The Roman Empire
John Myhers ...
Leader of Senate - The Roman Empire
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Wagon Driver - The Roman Empire
Robert Goldberg ...
Senator #1 - The Roman Empire (as Robert B. Goldberg)
Alan U. Schwartz ...
Senator #2 - The Roman Empire
Jay Burton ...
Senator #3 - The Roman Empire
Robert Zappy ...
Roman Citizen - The Roman Empire
Ira Miller ...
Roman Citizen - The Roman Empire
Milt Freedman ...
Roman Citizen - The Roman Empire
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Small Liar - The Roman Empire
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Auctioneer - The Roman Empire
Rod Haase ...
Roman Officer - The Roman Empire
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Slave - The Roman Empire
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Jesus - The Roman Empire
Henry Kaiser ...
Disciple - The Roman Empire
Zale Kessler ...
Disciple - The Roman Empire
Anthony J. Messina ...
Disciple - The Roman Empire
Howard Mann ...
Disciple - The Roman Empire
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Disciple - The Roman Empire
Mitchell Bock ...
Disciple - The Roman Empire
Gilbert Lee ...
Disciple - The Roman Empire
Molly Basler ...
Game Show Girl - The Roman Empire
Deborah Dawes ...
Game Show Girl - The Roman Empire
Christine Dickinson ...
Game Show Girl - The Roman Empire
Lisa Sohm ...
Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
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Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
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Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire (as Jeana Tomasino)
Lisa Welch ...
Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
Janis Schmitt ...
Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
Heidi Sorenson ...
Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
Karen Morton ...
Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
Kathy Collins ...
Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
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Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
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Vestal Virgin - The Roman Empire
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Jew #1 - The Spanish Inquisition
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Chief Monk - The Spanish Inquisition
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Rat Vendor - The French Revolution
Jan Murray ...
Nothing Vendor - The French Revolution
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Bearnaise - The French Revolution (as Andreas Voutsinas)
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Monsieur Rimbaud - The French Revolution
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Rich Man - The French Revolution
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Applecore Vendor - The French Revolution (as Sidney Lassick)
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Poppinjay - The French Revolution
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Gerard - The French Revolution
Fiona Richmond ...
Queen - The French Revolution
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Citizen Official - The French Revolution
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Baguette - The French Revolution
Geoffrey Larder ...
Footman - The French Revolution
George Lane Cooper ...
Executioner - The French Revolution
Stephanie Marrian ...
Lady Marie - The French Revolution
Royce Mills ...
Duke D'Honnefleur - The French Revolution
Mike Cottrell ...
Tartuffe - The French Revolution
Gerald Staddon ...
Le Fevre - The French Revolution (as Gerald Stadden)
John Ghavan ...
Marche - The French Revolution (as John Gavin)
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Le Muff - The French Revolution (as Rusty Goff)
Scott Henderson ...
Coming Attractions
Michael Miller ...
Coming Attractions
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Coming Attractions
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Dole Office Clerk (uncredited)
Sean Barry-Weske ...
Insolent Flunkey (uncredited)
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Bit Part (uncredited)
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Prison Guard (uncredited)
Sandra Gray ...
Nun, Synchronized swimmer dancer (uncredited)
Rod Haask ...
Prehistoric Man (uncredited)
Walter Henry ...
King Louis XVI's Servant (uncredited)
Linda Hoxit ...
Swimming Nun (uncredited)
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Nun (uncredited)
Cleo Rocos ...
French Girl (uncredited)
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French Revolutionary (uncredited)
Dom Salinaro ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Roman Officer (uncredited)
Albert Whitlock ...
Used Chariot Salesman (uncredited)
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Revolutionary Peasant (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mel Brooks

Written by

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Mel Brooks ... (written by)

Produced by

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Mel Brooks ... producer
Stuart Cornfeld ... associate producer
Alan Johnson ... associate producer
Joel Chernoff ... co-producer (uncredited)

Music by

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John Morris

Cinematography by

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Woody Omens ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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John C. Howard

Editorial Department

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Carol Ann DiGiuseppe ... assistant editor
Danford B. Greene ... additional editor
Stephen Lovejoy ... assistant editor
George A. Martin ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Jane Feinberg
Mike Fenton

Production Design by

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Harold Michelson

Art Direction by

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Norman Newberry

Set Decoration by

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Antony Mondello

Costume Design by

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Patricia Norris

Makeup Department

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Eric Allwright ... makeup artist: The French Revolution sequence
Jill Carpenter ... chief makeup artist: The French Revolution sequence
Paula Gillespie ... chief hair stylist: The French Revolution sequence
Vivian McAteer ... hair stylist
Robert Norin ... makeup artist
Gustaf Norin ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Alexander De Grunwald ... production manager: The French Revolution sequence
Ralph S. Singleton ... production manager (as Ralph Singleton)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mitchell Bock ... second assistant director
Brian W. Cook ... assistant director: The French Revolution sequence (as Brian Cooke)
Michael Stevenson ... assistant director: The French Revolution sequence
Jerry Ziesmer ... assistant director
Ken Tuohy ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Robert Cartwright ... art director: French Revolution sequence (as Bob Cartwright)
Harry Cordwell ... set decorator: French Revolution sequence
Stuart Craig ... production designer: French Revolution sequence
Bert Hearn ... property master: French Revolution sequence
Jack M. Marino ... property master (as Jack Marino)
Harold Michelson ... artistic advisor
Reg Richards ... construction manager: French Revolution sequence
John Alvin ... poster artist (uncredited)
Adrian Start ... chargehand painter (uncredited)
Robert Van Dyke ... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gene S. Cantamessa ... production sound mixer
Les Fresholtz ... re-recording mixer
Scott Hecker ... sound editor (as Scott A. Hecker)
Arthur Piantadosi ... re-recording mixer
Tex Rudloff ... re-recording mixer
Robert R. Rutledge ... supervising sound editor
Michael Sale ... sound mixer: The French Revolution sequence (as Mike Sale)
Sandy Berman ... sound designer (uncredited)
Raul A. Bruce ... boom operator (uncredited)
Steve Cantamessa ... sound (uncredited)
Samuel C. Crutcher ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Phil Cory ... special effects
Richard L. Hill ... special effects crew (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Albert Whitlock ... special visual effects (as Albert J. Whitlock)
Charles Chiodo ... visual effects crew (uncredited)
Edward Chiodo ... visual effects crew (uncredited)
Stephen Chiodo ... visual effects crew (uncredited)
Robert Costa ... opticals: "Jews in Space" sequence (uncredited)
John Curtis ... model builder: "Jews in Space" sequence (uncredited)
Anthony Doublin ... miniature photography: "Jews in Space" sequence (uncredited)
Syd Dutton ... assistant matte painter (uncredited)
Dennis Glouner ... matte first cameraman (uncredited)
Bob Greenberg ... laser effects: "Jews in Space" sequence (uncredited)
William Guest ... miniatures (uncredited)
Bill Hedge ... visual effects: "Jews in Space" sequence (uncredited)
Mike Moramarco ... matte camera operator (uncredited)
Henry Schoessler ... matte crew (uncredited)
Bill Taylor ... matte photography (uncredited)
Susan Turner ... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
Mark Whitlock ... matte camera loader (uncredited)

Stunts

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Gary Combs ... stunt coordinator
William Hobbs ... stunt coordinator: The French Revolution sequence (as Bill Hobbs)
Desiree Ayres ... stunts (uncredited)
Gilbert B. Combs ... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Durock ... stunts (uncredited)
James M. Halty ... stunts (uncredited)
Philip Romano ... stunt performer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Chuy Elizondo ... camera operator
Ginger Gemmel ... camera operator: French Revolution sequence (as Ginger Gemmell)
Gibby Germaine ... gaffer
Maurice Gillett ... gaffer: French Revolution sequence
Gerald A. King ... key grip (as Gerald King)
Elliott Marks ... still photographer (as Elliot Marks)
John Morgan ... camera operator: French Revolution sequence
John Szajner ... first assistant "a" camera
Paul Wilson ... director of photography: French Revolution sequence
Alan Barry ... best boy (uncredited)
Gary Cross ... electrician (uncredited)
Brian Ellis ... focus puller: French Revolution Sequence (uncredited)
Chris Warren ... video operator (uncredited) (French Revolution scene)
Dennis Young ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Maggie Cartier ... casting: The French Revolution sequence

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jered Green ... wardrobe: men (as Jered Edd Green)
Nancy Martinelli ... wardrobe: women
David Murphy ... wardrobe supervisor: The French Revolution sequence

Location Management

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Terry Needham ... location manager: The French Revolution sequence
John Spencer-Churchill ... location permission: Blenheim Palace, Oxford, England (as Duke of Marlborough)
Bill Borden ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Ralph Burns ... orchestrator: "The Spanish Inquisition"
John R. Harris ... music editor
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator
Dan Wallin ... score mixer (uncredited)

Other crew

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Randy Auerbach ... assistant to producer
Penny Daniels ... continuity: The French Revolution sequence
Alan Johnson ... choreographer
K. Lenna Katich ... accountant (as Lenna Katich)
Lillian Michelson ... researcher
Betsy Norton ... script supervisor
Loretta Ordewer ... production coordinator: The French Revolution sequence
Charlene Painter ... assistant choreographer
Judi Rosner ... production coordinator
John Trehy ... production auditor: The French Revolution sequence
Jim Turner ... accountant
Irene Walzer ... publicist
Leah Zappy ... assistant to producer
Mary Fielder ... film extra (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines IN MEL WE TRVST See more »
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Also Known As
  • The French Revolution (United States)
  • History of the World: Part II (United States)
  • The Bible (United States)
  • The Roman Empire (United States)
  • The Stone Age (United States)
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Runtime
  • 92 min
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Box Office

Budget $11,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $4,792,731, 14 Jun 1981

Did You Know?

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Trivia At the beginning of the French Revolution segment, the street sign reads "Rue De Merde", which is French for "Shit Street". See more »
Goofs In the segment about the Roman Empire Nero is the emperor, which would set the story during the years 54-68 AD. However when arriving in Judea Jesus is talking about his last supper and the his betrayal, which happened before the year 30/31 AD. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from The Vikings (1958). See more »
Soundtracks The Inquisition See more »
Crazy Credits VESTAL VIRGINS Portrayed by Playboy Playmates and Models See more »
Quotes Moses: The Lord, the Lord Jehovah has given unto you these fifteen...
[drops one of the tablets]
Moses: Oy! Ten! Ten commandments for all to obey!
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