History of the World: Part I R

Ten million years in the making. The truth, the whole truth, and everything, but the truth!
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  • Widescreen
  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: July 14, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1981
  • Label: 20th Century Fox

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 30


User Ratings: 60,488
Rating: 3/5 -- Dirty jokes, some sparkle in uneven Mel Brooks classic. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Dec 15, 2010
Rating: C- -- 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
Apr 11, 2006
History of the World, Part I-which has no sequel-spoofs multiple genres in this anthology showing that there are no limits to the mind of writer-director Mel Brooks. Full Review
Solzy at the Movies
Dec 27, 2018
Rating: 3/5 -- Crude, rude Mel Brooks has low laughs
Kansas City Kansan
Oct 19, 2004
Mel Brooks' The History of the World: Part I contains plenty of belly-shaking laughs. Full Review
Spirituality and Practice
Jan 31, 2004
Rating: 3/5 -- Occasional bright moments, but it's clear why there was no. part two.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Nov 24, 2003
What [Brooks] takes to be the glorious folk humor that modern people have repressed looks to many of us like the tired jokes that were yawned off the burlesque stage 50 years ago. Full Review
New York Magazine/Vulture
Dec 31, 2019

Description by OLDIES.com:

Mel Brooks' uproarious version of history proves nothing is sacred as he takes us on a laugh-filled look at what really happened throughout time. His delirious romp features everything from a wild send-up of "2001" to the real stories behind the Roman Empire (Brooks portrays a stand-up philosopher at Caesar's Palace), the French Revolution (Brooks reigns as King Louis XVI) and the Spanish Inquisition (a splashy song-and-dance number with monks and swimming nuns.) It's Mel and company at their hilarious best.

Product Description:

In this spoof of great moments in history from the dawn of humanity through the French Revolution, director Mel Brooks delivers a twisted history lesson through his signature satirical, madcap humor. Funny, vulgar, and narrated by the great Orson Welles, HISTORY OF THE WORLD - PART I tells the progress of humankind as cave dweller, tap-dancing slave, and biblical hero. The most famous bit in the film features Moses coming down from Mount Sinai. Other highlights include a hilarious "Hitler on Ice" sequence and other outrageous comic situations, unbelievably silly jokes, and inspired casting (Sid Caesar, Gregory Hines, and Madeline Kahn included), with the film itself mimicking several historical Hollywood epics, most notably THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD and THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, as well as a brilliant parody of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.


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