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History of the World -- Part I

History of the World -- Part I

Mel Brooks
 Cast: Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
, Dom DeLuise
Dom DeLuise
, Madeline Kahn
Madeline Kahn
, Harvey Korman
Harvey Korman


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Mel Brooks produced, directed, wrote, and starred in this episodic comedy in the spirit of Monty Python and the 1957 studio travesty The Story of Mankind. The film is divided into five sequences that play like blue-toned Eddie Cantor vaudeville sketches -- "The Dawn of Man," "The Stone Age," The Spanish Inquisition," "The Bible," and "The Future." Also included is a Brooksian depiction of The Last Supper and a long-winded sequence about the French Revolution. The film starts with a 2001: A Space Odyssey parody, narrated by Orson Welles, in which a collection of ape-men learn to stand erect (in more ways than one). The Stone Age reveals the origins of both the first homo sapien and homosexual marriages. Brooks then appears in an Old Testament sequence as Moses, descending from Mount Sinai with three heavy stone tablets bearing the 15 Commandments; after he drops one of these tablets, the laws of God become 10 Commandments. The Roman period picks up with Brooks as Comicus, attempting to get a gig as a "stand-up philosopher" at Caesar's Palace. The Spanish Inquisition is a musical production number with monks torturing Jews to lively Broadway musical strains. The final French revolution section is a broad parody of The Man in the Iron Mask story. The film closes with coming attractions of "History of the World, Part II" that features a rousing Star Wars parody (anticipating Space Balls) called "Jews in Space" that includes a jaunty theme song.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/05/2006
UPC: 0024543371625
Original Release: 1981
Rating: R
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 6,003

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Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Brooks Comicus,Jacques,King Lou,Moses,Torquemada
Dom DeLuise Nero
Madeline Kahn Empress Nympho
Harvey Korman Count de Monet
Cloris Leachman Madame de Farge
Ron Carey Swiftus
Gregory Hines Josephus
Andréas Voutsinas Bearnaise
Shecky Green Marcus Vindictus
Sid Caesar Chief Caveman
Howard Morris Court Spokesman
Rudy DeLuca Capt. Mucus
Orson Welles Narrator
Charlie Callas Soothsayer
Paul Mazursky Roman Officer
Art Metrano Leonardo Da Vinci
Diane Day Caladonia
Henny Youngman Chemist
Fritz Feld Maitre d'
Hugh Hefner Entrepreneur
Pat McCormick Plumbing Salesman
John Hurt Jesus Christ
Jackie Mason Jew
Phil Leeds Chief Monk
Jack Carter Rat Vendor
Jan Murray Nothing Vendor
Spike Milligan Monsieur Rimbaud
John Hillerman Rich Man
Sidney Lassick Applecore Vendor
Jonathan Cecil Poppinjay
Andrew Sachs Gerard
John Gavin Marche
Ronny Graham Oedipus
Spencer Henderson Actor
John King Actor
Richard Lewis Actor
Stan Mazin Actor
Dennon Rawles Actor
Lori Sutton Actor
Richard Karron Actor
Molly Basler Actor
Royce Mills Actor
Mike Cottrell Actor
Cleo Rocos Actor
Pamela Stephenson Mademoiselle Rimbaud
Mary-Margaret Humes Miriam
Leigh French Prehistoric Man
Sammy Shore Prehistoric Man
J.J. Barry Prehistoric Man
Earl Finn Disciple
Suzanne Kent Prehistoric Man
Michael Champion Prehistoric Man
Dena Dietrich Competence
Ron Clark Stoned Soldier
Jack Riley Stoned Soldier
Barry Levinson Column Salesman
Sid Gould Barber
Jim Steck Gladiator
John Myhers Senate Leader
Lee Delano Wagon Driver
Alan U. Schwartz Senator #2
Ira Miller Roman Citizen
Johnny Silver Small Liar
Charles Thomas Murphy Auctioneer
Eileen Saki Slave
Henry Kaiser Disciple
Zale Kessler Disciple
Anthony Messina Disciple
Howard Mann Disciple
Sandy Helberg Disciple
Mitchell Bock Disciple
Jeana Tomasina Vestal Virgin
Lisa Welch Vestal Virgin
Heidi Sorenson Vestal Virgin
Fiona Richmond Queen
Nigel Hawthorne Official
Geoffrey Larder Footman
Michael Miller Coming Attraction
Royce D. Applegate Coming Attraction
Bea Arthur Clerk
Hunter Von Leer Lt. Bob
Sean Barry-Weske Insolent Flunkey

Technical Credits
Mel Brooks Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Steve Cantamessa Sound/Sound Designer
Stuart Cornfeld Associate Producer
Stuart Craig Production Designer
Daniel Gluck Set Decoration/Design
Robert C. Goldstein Set Decoration/Design
Ronny Graham Screenwriter
John C. Howard Editor
Alan Johnson Associate Producer
Marci Liroff Casting
Daniel Maltese Set Decoration/Design
Harold Michelson Production Designer
Anthony Mondello Set Decoration/Design
John Morris Score Composer
Norman Newberry Production Designer
Pat Norris Costumes/Costume Designer
Woody Omens Cinematographer
Gregory Pickrell Set Decoration/Design
Robert W. Welch Set Decoration/Design
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects
Paul Wilson Cinematographer
Jerry Ziesmer Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- History of the World Part I
1. Main Titles: Our Forefathers [2:47]
2. The Stone Age [5:16]
3. The Old Testament [1:11]
4. The Roman Empire [2:08]
5. Comicus: Stand-Up Philosopher [9:06]
6. Caesar's Palace [5:05]
7. A Performance to Die For [5:39]
8. Among the Virgins [3:11]
9. The Eunuch Test [5:33]
10. Escape From Rome [4:35]
11. Armed With Mighty Joint [4:53]
12. New Jobs: The Last Supper [3:12]
13. The Spanish Inquisition [8:39]
14. The French Revolution [3:24]
15. Count de Monet [2:10]
16. It's Good to Be King [9:19]
17. A Double in Case of Trouble [7:37]
18. The Big Ending [2:50]
19. Coming Soon; End Credits [5:25]

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History of the World -- Part I 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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I love all his films and think that they are some of the best ever. He is a the best writer/director ever!!!!!! This is my favorite because of the historical aspect thye best is the part about the ten commandments!!!!
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If you are are fan of other Mel Brooks' movies, this is just another one, but it stands out beyond the others, it is by far the funniest. The film tells the story of History, through the eyes of the comedic genious Mel Brooks. He starts off with a fairly crude 2001: A space odyssey joke and then weaves into the Caveman age. In this part are some truy primitive but hilarious jokes about artists and a dinosaur. After that short part, there is the longest part, the Roman empire. Dom Deluise is great as the Caeser and after many religious, racial, and a particulary insane drug joke, the Spanish inquisition scene opens, which is basically one big song with swimming nuns and tortured prisoners. And finally, the fourth and final part the French revolution, is truly hilarious. After some jokes about French working class...'' Apple cores, get your apple cores! Rats!Dead rats! I'm selling nothing! Absolutely nothing!'' The part is full with jokes like that. After a very lewd chess game and the boy with the bucket,(I won't tell you what it is for, but the bucket is disgusting!) the Revolution begins and a big mix-up almost gets a commoner beheaded. Then their is a phony ad for Part II with viking funerals, hitler on ice, and hews in space. So that is mel brooks' greatest comedy in my eyes. If your into religious, crude, scatalogical, raunchy, drug, and violent humor, this is definitely a movie for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of Mel Brooks and I just watched History of the World Part 1 for the first time and while the movie had some funny parts it also had a lot of parts that just weren't all that funny and were kind of lame and it is my least favorite Mel Brooks movie. Definitely doesn't live up to classics like Young Frankenstein, The Producers and Blazing Saddles!
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Funny Jews are Funnier than any other Creed. Hands down. Proud to be a part of the Tribe. If you feel your history's a bit shabby, and tired of friends putting you down because of it, remember that Brooks is there to rescue you. Truly a Brilliant piece in the tradition of Citizen Kane, Laurence of Arabia and... Animal House. With a dishevelled and cruel world, at least there is Brooks (and others in History of the World I) to put smiles on our faces.
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If you enjoy history and want to look at it from another view. Watch this movie you wont regret it.
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mel brooks at his finest. and most off colour! i've peroused the world over for humour and this is as good as it gets. it is unfit for any one under 18, over 60, prudish, or anyone else with a pulse. you'll love this one!!!!
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