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Start The Revolution Without Me (1970)




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Two French peasants are mistaken for a pair of aristocratic nobles in this historical situation comedy. Happy to be taken for nobles, the pair soon struggles to escape the guillotine in the wake of the French Revolution's blood purge of the upper class and royalty.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Classics, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Fred Freeman, Lawrence J. Cohen, Orson Welles, Larry Cohen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 1, 2003


Gene Wilder
as Claude/Philippe
Donald Sutherland
as Charles, Pierre
Hugh Griffith
as Louis XVI
Billie Whitelaw
as Marie Antoinette
Jack MacGowran
as Jacques Cabriolet
Victor Spinetti
as Duke D'Escargot
Orson Welles
as Narrator
Helen Fraser
as Mimi Montage
Ewa Aulin
as Christina
Rosalind Knight
as Helen DeSisi
Murray Melvin
as Blind Man
Ken Parry
as Dr. Boileau
Jacques Maury
as Lt. Sorel
Maxwell Shaw
as Duke DeSisi
Graham Stark
as Andre Coupe
Barry Lowe
as Sergeant
Michael Rothwell
as Paul Duval
Denise Coffey
as Anne Duval
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Critic Reviews for Start The Revolution Without Me

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Seems like a Mel Brooks farce, but it's a Yorkin! Pretty zany.

October 16, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

When at its best, it's easy to understand its cult status.

Full Review… | November 7, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

July 3, 2005

April 16, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for Start The Revolution Without Me

Television staples Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin (of All In The Family fame) produced/directed this tip of the hat to both swashbucklers of old and to the wild zeitgeist that was the late '60's/early '70's. Gene Wilder and Donald Sutherland play both the deadly but slightly inbred, upperclass Corsican Brothers, and their exact lookalikes, two goodhearted but dumb and cowardly peasants. The French Revolution is only moments away and the streets are swarming with malcontents, the king's court swarming with intrigue: whatever can happen next?
A filmic shadow of those turbulent times (the 1970's, not 1789) now but still zany fun, think Saturday Night Live or early Woody Allen or Mel Brooks.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Looks like Mel Brooks' material, anyway Start The Revolution Without Me is terrific and unforgettble!. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

This movie may have a silly plot, but it's actually really hilarious, Sutherland and Wilder are great in this movie, and if you're a fan of either of them you'll like this movie. The story is zany, and a lot of fun. I really liked this movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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