History of the World---Part I (1981)

History of the World---Part I

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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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mel Brooks, RONNY GRAHAM
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 5, 1999
Runtime:

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as Emperor Caeser

as Count de Monet

as Empress Nympho

as Madame de Farge

as Swiftus

as Josephus

as Mademoiselle Rimbaud

as Bearnaise

as Marcus Vindictus

as Chief Caveman

as Court Spokesman

as Capt. Mucus

as Narrator

as Soothsayer

as Competence

as Roman Officer

as Stoned Soldier

as Stoned Soldier

as Leonardo Da Vinci

as Caladonia

as Chemist

as Maitre d'

as Entrepreneur

as Plumbing Salesman

as Barber

as Gladiator

as Senate Leader

as Wagon Driver

as Applecore Vendor

as Small Liar

as Officer

as Jesus

as Jew No. 1

as Jew No. 2

as Chief Monk

as Rat Vendor

as Nothing Vendor

as M. Rimbaud

as Rich Man

as Applecore Vendor

as Poppinjay

as Official

as Marche

as LeMuff

as Prehistoric Man

as Prehistoric Man

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as Prehistoric Man, Di...

as Prehistoric Woman

as Prehistoric Man

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as Coming Attraction

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Critic Reviews for History of the World---Part I

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (2)

Dirty jokes, some sparkle in uneven Mel Brooks classic.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

Hearing some of those old, beloved one-liners again made me smile, but they did not have the power to make me laugh anew.

Full Review… | May 27, 2010
Combustible Celluloid

Brooks' fractured History is salvaged by the tuneful 'Inquisition.'

Full Review… | May 19, 2010
What Would Toto Watch?

Brooks proved that increasing the vulgarity level doesn't necessarily translate into more laughs. Gag after gag falls flat in this potty-mouthed dud.

Full Review… | April 11, 2006
FulvueDrive-in.com

The fact that there has been no Part 2 is ample proof that God hates us all.

June 21, 2005
Needcoffee.com

Crude, rude Mel Brooks has low laughs

October 19, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for History of the World---Part I

A truly funny, episodic comedy. Kahn is great and the musical numbers are memorable.

cchclaw
Christian C

Super Reviewer

½

An underrated Mel Brooks gem, The History of the World-Part 1 is a hilarious film. Mel Brooks delivers yet another great film. The History of the World-Part 1 is a crude, offensive comedy, but it works. The film has all the ingredients that make up a great Mel Brooks comedy. This film is fairly underrated, and is viewed as less superior as Brooks' works. The cast here are a wonderful bunch of actors that deliver something memorable to the screen. If you enjoy a good Mel Brooks film, then give this film a view, this film is definitely worth it, and is lots of fun from start to finish. The comedic delivery is low brow, and it works. With every film that Mel Brooks has done, he's done something hilarious, something that would push the boundaries of the comedy genre, much like Monty Python; His films are classics of the genre. If you're a fan of Mel Brooks, give this one a shot. The jokes are in poor taste at times, but they're meant to be taken with a grain of salt. The History of the World-Part 1 is a near flawless comedy, and is among Mel Brooks' best works. Funny from start to finish, History of the World-Part 1 is supported by a great cast of talented funny actors who really make this film stand out. If you want a great slapstick offensive comedy, then this is the perfect flick to watch. This really an underrated film in my opinion and it doesn't deserve the flack it has received. If you enjoy Mel Brooks, you'll enjoy this film. I was surprised at how much I loved it, a true comedy classic.

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Alex roy

Super Reviewer

What was Brooks thinking with this movie? It's not funny, all the jokes are stupid, and there's not really a story (not that one I can recall anyway.). I hated this movie.

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Aj V

Super Reviewer

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