History of the World: Part I (1981)

 


 

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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 <[email protected]>

Genre: Comedy,History,Musical

History of the World: Part I (1981)
   
Release Date: 12 June 1981 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Mel Brooks
Cast:
  • Mel Brooks
  • Dom DeLuise
  • Madeline Kahn
  • Harvey Korman
  • Cloris Leachman
  • Ron Carey
  • Gregory Hines
  • Pamela Stephenson
  • Shecky Greene
  • Sid Caesar
  • Mary-Margaret Humes
  • Orson Welles
  • Rudy De Luca
  • Leigh French
  • Richard Karron


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34 Responses to History of the World: Part I (1981)

  1. sandrock41
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    This movie is such a rip off of Year one. Making fun of history.

    • JJ2078
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      You mean the one with Jack Black that was made 28 years AFTER this one? Riiiiiiiight…. if that’s the case, then it’s the most brilliant piece of plagerism ever conceived, considering time travel must’ve been involved…

  2. Hedley_Lamar
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  3. The_Irish_Hitman
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    I haven’t seen this movie in a long while, and I can’t remember why it’s rated R. I want my little sister to watch it (she’s 12 years old). If it’s because of language, it’s ok… but I don’t want her watch a movie with Sex or nudity.

    So I ask to those who know the movie very well, why the R rating?

    "It’s not Lupus"

  4. Pro Jury
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    The 82nd Academy Awards In Memoriam segment was an insult. Let’s boycott the 2011 show.

    The In Memoriam segment for the 2010 Academy Awards Show was botched badly.

    ITEM: Farrah Fawcett not included. Farrah Fawcett, film producer during the year of her dying from cancer (Farrah’s Story), actress in Logan’s Run, Saturn 3, Cannonball Run, Extremities, Man of the House, The Apostle, Dr. T and the Women.

    ITEM: Bea Arthur not included. Bea Arthur, actress in Oscar-winning Lovers and Other Strangers, Mame, History of the World, Part 1. Exceptionally successful on Broadway and television; a triple success as an actress.

    ITEM: Live musician hogged the available audio time for the In Memoriam segment. Not only was Patrick Swayze not in the foregound for viewers to see, but NONE of the all-time classic movie lines he delivered in his many noteworthy films were presented. Such as…

    "Nobody puts Baby in a corner." (DIRTY DANCING)

    "Ditto." (GHOST)

    "The love inside, you take it with you." (GHOST)

    "Pain don’t hurt." (ROAD HOUSE)

    Jed: We can hunt, we can fish, we can stay up here a long, long time.

    Robert: How long, Jed?

    [fighters and bombers pass overhead]

    Jed: [indicating the jets above them] Until we don’t hear THAT no more. (RED DAWN)

    Yes, there were a few film clips with audio, but some of those did not even contain the voice of the person who died — a producer dies and they use audio from one of the movies he produced. Yet, the actors who actually had died during the year were seen and not heard.

    The live singer, and shots of the audience, upstaged the entire segment which was not respectful of the dead.

    Keep in mind that the director of the 2010 Academy Awards Show is the same person who has previously directed The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show TV specials which have received complaints for containing unpleasant off-putting audio (an angry nonstop yelling voice of a stage hand bullying the models).

    The only thing to do is boycott the 2011 Academy Awards Show.

  5. missscoobyca
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    I have seen this movie several times over my lifetime, and I have always wondered about one character. The litter carriers who carry Nympho into town are led by a general or some military guy who tell them to move out, etc. This guy totally looks like Ed O’Neill to me, but it is not listed as a credit on his imdb page. Anyone know about this, or the actor’s name if not Ed? Thanks! =)

  6. Scifiboy666
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    HAHA.. Bea Arthur!! I love her

  7. kongisking94
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    my favorite was thr inqusition and the old testament

    what was your favorite part

    "We got the wrong play,the wrong director,the wrong cast where did we go right"- Max Bialystock

  8. Rockhound6165
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    She played Miriam, the Vestal Virgin. She’s almost 55 now…and still sexy as hell.

  9. humiliatedgrapes17
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    in the french revolution, the imprisoned father looks a lot like gene wilder, i wonder if it was just an uncredited performance, or it was somebody else

    raisins… they taste sweet, but really they’re just humiliated grapes

  10. jgroub
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    I just saw this again, one of the staples of HBO in my youth, after many years. I was shocked to see how many of the stars in this 28-year old movie from my youth are now dead: Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Ron Carey, Bea Arthur, Gregory Hines, Orson Welles, Jan Murray.

    Oh, and the comedy did not hold up over the years. I guess that’s the difference between a 16-year-old’s sense of humor and an adult’s.

    I asked the doctor to take your picture so I can look at you from inside as well.

  11. marjcbs
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    I was watching the movie last night, and thinking about the Caveman scene in which we saw the orgininal "homosexual marriage." I was thinking: this joke was probably funnier 25 years ago when nobody had any idea that gay marriage would ever be a possibility.

    Still, I must admit, I smiled at how they did that scene.

  12. rasilcott
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    ok so i was just watching the movie and in the unick scene, right after she dances for Josephus, they are about to chase him, and as he turns and runs away he looks back, and you see something flopping about to his right side, coming from where his private parts would be, anyone else notice this? i was just wondering if it was put in there as a joke, or its something completely different.

  13. fpgarcia92
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    I think he def. should of made the part 2 for sure!

    Dont let someone tell you cant do somethin you want somethin go get it you got a dream protect

  14. megaskunk
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    The Movie starts, you see the stone age briefly in the first 10-15 minutes. And then comes ‘The Roman Empire’ I think almost the whole Movie takes place in that Roman age. So do you think this is sort of a Joke itself: Roman empire taking almost the whole part of our History ? Because there is some funny truth about this

  15. Blue387
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    I vaguely remember that in the Roman scene, there’s a guy proposing to some girls something called a centerfold. The voice sounded familiar to me. Was that guy Chevy Chase?

  16. Anonymous
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  17. lowedown98
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    I’ve seen this a bunch of time, and I knew that Jackie Mason was one of the Jews during the "Spanish Inquisition" section (the "Ping-pong with my balls" guy), but I just realized last night that I think the other one is John Cleese. I don’t see him credited, anyone know if it was?

  18. sploosh-2
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    mine is when he is the king and hes talking to the count- your majesty you look like the piss boy and you look like a bucket of *beep* i laft so har when i herd it.

  19. kinneyboy90
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    "Don’t be saucy with me, Bearnaise!!"

  20. Pro Jury
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    It is confusing that the French Revolution is in "History of the World: Part I" but the age of the Vikings (Viking funerals) is in "History of the World: Part 2".

  21. CarsonFan
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    It doesn’t necessarily need to be miscast, it can just be very random. You can even use people who are already in the movie, just don’t give them the role they already had.

    Moses-Richard Pryor

    Comicus-Robert Klein

    Torquemada-Woody Allen

    Jacques/King Louis-George Carlin

    Nero-Bob Newhart

    Nympho-Lily Tomlin

    Count de Monet-Don Rickles

    Madame DeFarge-Gilda Radner

    Swiftus-Robin Williams

    Josephus-Dick Gregory

    Mademioselle Rimbauld-Audrey Hepburn

    Marcus Vindictus-Art Garfunkel

    Chief Caveman-Paul Simon

    Miriam-Barbara Streisand

    Narrator-Fred Astaire

    Johnny Carson 1925-2005. We will never forget you.

  22. stoned_soldier
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    I’m guessing that Part 2 was a joke only for the last few minutes of the movie? Why didn’t it get made? Brooks as Hitler, c’mon! That writes itself! Any idea why this movie didn’t get made?

  23. stejujo
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    Mel has recently stated that he is considering making a HOTW Part II. Any ideas of what things in history would be good?

    American Revolution

    Middle Ages

    WWI/WWII

    HITLER ON ICE!

    American Civil War

    Genghis Khan

    Any other ideas?

    Glory, glory Hallelujah. His truth is marching on.

  24. stejujo
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    lol, I love that line!

    R.I.P. Dom DeLuise

    Glory, glory Hallelujah. His truth is marching on.

  25. Beezar
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    Blasphemy, I know, but it’s for a paper for my film class. If this film were made today, who would you cast in Mel Brooks’ parts, for Gregory Hines’ character, and suitable female leads?

    I have to plan a film based off this movie, but I’m having a real hard time choosing who could fill the Brooks-type role. (I think he and the others actors aren’t the right age anymore.)

    I just need help with casting advice. Thanks for your input!

  26. Lisaluv1
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    Sure I mentioned this before and I hate wondering what if but everytime I watch this movie I do wonder how things would have looked or been different if Richard Pryor was able to perform in it. Don’t get me wrong I love me some Gregory Hines and glad he got to shine in this role but knowing the role was meant for Pryor makes me see certain things in different light.

    1. The whole crazy weed (aka…marajuana) joke was for sure made in Pryor in mind who was a known smoker.

    2. The scene where the blind guy recognizes Hines coming behind him and puts out his hand and Hines is like ‘What up Mutha *beep* (or something to that effect). Just would have flowed much better from Pryor whose always cursing while I think this was one of the few times I ever heard Hines say a curse word.

    3. Gregory Hines was a known tap dancer so his intro scene of course had him do that. But wondering if Richards part for that scene was to have him make jokes or was he initially meant for the scene at Ceasers Palace where we see Mel Brooks doing those fat jokes?

  27. tonyw05-1
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    Josephus not only knew that the plant was marijuana, but knew what type it was – in ancient Rome! Too funny!

  28. Lisaluv1
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    Can anyone tell me who the dancer was who was in scene where they needed to prove Gregory Hines character was not with his parts anymore. I looked her up but don’t think they have her listed. Wondering if she was a famous dancer or just an extra they got for the role? She looks like she could have been in Fame or other dance movie.

    Thanks to any help

  29. stejujo
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    Does anyone know who played Julius Caesar? I don’t see him credited, not even on his character page. Any idea?

    Zack: Guess what I got back there?

    Enrico: You just told me. Ass! We’re haulin’ ass!

  30. Homesickblues
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVroy6-Kqb0

    Gets better everytime you rewind it and watch it.

  31. brownsapplianceservi-1
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    Maybe Christopher Fitzgerald as Comicus/Moses/Torquemada/Jacques/ Louis XVI, doing an imitation of Mel Brooks

  32. pivokocka
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    The woman who played Madeline Kahn’s assistant looked like Estelle Reiner, from when harry met sally. I can’t find the credit for this part.

  33. dylanletters-1
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    When Ceaser says "The muse is upon me", he throws something what was it?

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