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Mel Brooks' History of the World -- Part I
Mel Brooks' History of the World -- Part I
Actors: Mel Brooks, Gregory Hines, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman
Director: Mel Brooks
Genres: Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
R     1999     1hr 32min

Mel Brooks's 1981, three-part comedy--set in the Stone Age, the Roman Empire, and the French Revolution--is pure guilty pleasure. Narrated by Orson Welles and featuring a lot of famous faces in guest appearances (beyond th...  more »


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Actors: Mel Brooks, Gregory Hines, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman
Director: Mel Brooks
Creators: Mel Brooks, Woody Omens, John C. Howard, Alan Johnson, Joel Chernoff, Stuart Cornfeld
Genres: Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Mel Brooks, Ron Howard, Mel Brooks, Musicals
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 12/28/1999
Original Release Date: 06/12/1981
Theatrical Release Date: 06/12/1981
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 11/21/2021...
This would never fly in today's sensitive world since it has some really inappropriate parts that really should not be in any movie. The movie does has some funny parts if you are a fan of Mel Brooks' unusual humor.
Rina D. from BROOKLYN, NY
Reviewed on 9/21/2010...
Thanks! DVD was in good condition.
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Shirley R. (sdrred)
Reviewed on 6/17/2008...
This is one of those movies that you laugh so hard you snort!
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Movie Reviews

History has never been more hilarious.
J. A Hayes | Montgomery, AL United States | 06/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I wasn't familiar with History of the World until someone recommended that I see it. I knew a little of who Mel Brooks was and had seen Young Frankenstein so I knew this might be good. Now I think it is one of the funniest movies ever, a genius spoof of world history troughout different period of time. You get to see prehistoric man invent art, and along with the first art came the first art critic. We see the real story behind Moses and the Ten Commandments. The best part to me was the part about the Roman times, when Comicus the stand up philosopher is introduced. I was laughing long and hard when Comicus gets a job as waiter at the Last Supper. Also spoofed are the Spanish Inquisition and the French Revolution. History of the World is a great movie that features a terrific cast including Mel Brooks, Gregory Hines, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman and Sid Caesar. There are others, but together they give an entertaining perspective into some of history's most important events. There are also countless quotes from the movie that will stick with you for a long time after you hear them. This is something I recommend seeing, as even after 23 years it still seems as fresh as ever with the humor it provides."
History Was Never Funnier and Brooks Was Never Better
Edward Garea | Branchville, New Jersey United States | 08/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When you see a title such as this with Mel Brooks the director, you pretty much know what you're getting. And Brooks does not disappoint. He uses the same philosophy as in "Silent Movie," marrying old jokes to veteran actors with hilarious results. It's no different here, whether it's Sid Caesar as a caveman who invents "rock" music, Brooks himself as Comicus, a stand-up comic and waiter at the Last Supper in ancient Rome, or Brooks regular Harvey Kormann as Count de Money ("de Monet, de Monet") in a send up of the the French Revolution, every old joke and routine is resurrected . . . and never fails to keep us laughing.Besides Kormann and Caesar, Brooks is ably supported by Gregory Hines (his first film, and a great flair for comedy), Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise, Shecky Greene, and the great Spike Milligan.And just when you think it can't get any sillier, along comes Brooks and the Spanish Inquisition in Swingtime, a beautiful parody of MGM musicals. The only shame of this movie is that Brooks never got around to making a Part Two."
Brooks' finest work!!!
Justin Heath | 04/22/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I don't know how else to put it. Mel Brooks is just sheer genius. Period. This film is so good, I wonder if it just might pass up Blazing Saddles, (probably not). From the Dawn of Man to the French Revolution, from the Stone Age to the Spanish Inquisition, from the Old Testement to the Roman Empire, Mel Brooks gives us a 92 minute lesson in history, the way that it never happened! As I said before, Mel Brooks is a comic genius. First, hes able to direct such an inferior movie, second, he wrote the screenplay, and third, he still had enough room for 5 whopping roles in the film!!! This film has many familiar faces like Mel Brooks, (Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, High Anxiety), Madiline Khan (Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles), Harvey Korman, (Blazing Saddles), and Dom DeLuise, (Silent Movie). Mel Brooks gang pulls it off again with hilarious slapstick, and some out-of-date humor, (like Las Vegas' Caeser's Palace). There's a lot to laugh at, and you won't be dissapointed. Very little of the humor is dry, but a majority of them hit their marks. A very etertaining movie. A must see."