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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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Ten million years in the making. The truth, the whole truth, and everything, but the truth! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | History

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$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

Sir John Hurt did this movie because he had just gotten through doing two dramatic movies, and said that he wanted to have some fun and do a comedy. Hurt starred in the title role in the Mel Brooks produced The Elephant Man (1980). That movie later became the subject of a comedy itself, with "The Elephant Man" musical segments in The Tall Guy (1989). 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

Chief Monk: Torquemada... do not implore him for compassion.Torquemada... do not beg him for forgiveness.Torquemada... do not ask him for mercy.Let's face it,you can't Torquemada anything!
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Crazy Credits

VESTAL VIRGINS Portrayed by Playboy Playmates and Models 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 »

Connections

References The Adventures of Lucky Pierre (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Jews In Space
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Original Music & Lyrics © 1981 Brooksfilms Music Limited
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User Reviews

"He's definitely a eunich."
28 April 2004 | by DarthBillSee all my reviews

Marred only by overlength, this is one hilarious bit of cinema as Mel Brooks satirizes the stone age, the 10 Commandments, Rome, the Last Supper, the Inquisition, and Louie the 16th (sorry I couldn't get the name right). Of course, the stone age also happens to make fun of "2001 A Space Odyssey". Also funny is at the end with the whole "Jews In Space" bit. I love that stuff.

Personally I thought the best bits were set in Rome, what with the gags about Vestal Virgins, innuendo between the queen and the late Gregory Hines, the "Stand Up Philosopher", Ethiopia, getting the Roman guards high, and of course, the Last Supper. This is not to say the Inquisition Musical number is not worth a look.

"Jesus!" - Mel Brooks

"What?" - Jesus Christ


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