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History of the World: Part I (1981) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

1544

Avg. Rating:

2.87/4

# of Ratings:

149

Genres:

Comedy

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

06/12/1981

Director:

Mel Brooks

Actors:

Mel Brooks
Madeline Kahn
Harvey Korman
Gregory Hines
Cloris Leachman
Dom DeLuise

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

Take a farcical journey through history as the Stone Age, Roman Empire and French Revolution are all skewered by Mel Brooks.

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Snoogans 06/22/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

My personal favorite of Brooks. I seem to laugh more at this ludicrous take on world history than all his other parodies that came after 'Frankenstein' and 'Saddles'.

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PsychoKing1227 05/02/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2.5/4 

A very funny movie, but one of my least favorite of the Mel Brooks films.

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sodapop 02/12/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

Imperfect, but the Spanish Inquisition sequence alone earns it its rating.

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TheWolf 07/26/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

This movie is a little more off beat than Blazing Saddles, everyone that I have run into that hasn't seen this movie has asked me if I have see part 2 or not. Explaining that the fact that there is no other parts is essentially another joke usually leaves me telling them to just watch the movie. Covering a few different ages in time this movie has plenty of laughs.

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Chris Kavan 02/21/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

History feels a lot more hit-or-miss than Brooks' other films. Still, I would rate it a cut above most comedies and it has enough laughs to be worth watching. It may not be Mel Brooks' best film, but it does have its moments

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11/04/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

History of the World: Part I review

Much like Three Ages (from Buster Keaton) but with more lavish costumes and set pieces. Felt most of the jokes were forced instead of being it natural. There were a few childish jokes mixed with crude humor. If only Brooks hadn't involved himself too much and focused on the humor rather than the "musicals." Score was diverse and performances silly and focused. On a positive note, Orson Welles was a splendid addition to narrate. The "Jesus...yes" scene and Comicus (Brooks again) performance in front of the Emperor were a riot. This critic however prefers Robin Hood Men in Tights and Blazing Saddles. History of the World Part 1 is still a descent spoof (2001 Space Odyssey in the beginning and Star Wars in the end) that will make you smile. "It's good to be the King!."

Rating of
2.5/4 

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