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  • Actors: Mel Brooks, Gregory Hines, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman
  • Directors: Mel Brooks
  • Writers: Mel Brooks
  • Producers: Mel Brooks, Alan Johnson, Joel Chernoff, Stuart Cornfeld
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fox
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJ82
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,516 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mel Brooks' historical parody is split into five sections: In 'The Stone Age', a caveman invents music after dropping a rock on his foot. However the development of the fine arts brings with it an unwelcome side-effect - the birth of the critic. 'The Roman Empire' sees Jesus and his disciples being served by a pushy waiter at the Last Supper, whilst 'The Spanish Inquisition' is turned into a big-budget musical number. Truly revolting peasants revolt in 'The French Revolution' and 'Coming Attractions' promises a sequel featuring Hitler performing an ice ballet.

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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 the official cast), the film opens well with Sid Caesar playing a caveman, then moves along to the unlikely but somehow hilarious juxtaposition of Caesar's soldiers (the other Caesar, not Sid) with pot humour, and ends on a dumb-funny note in the French bloodbath. This is a take-it-or-leave-it movie, and it works best if you're in a take-it-or-leave-it mood. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to the DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TOM THE TROMA FAN on 10 Aug. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Mel Brooks is a genius at the old slapstick comedy and spoofs, and this just has to be one of his finest efforts. It is a hilarious look at famous events that have happened in history, we start with the cavemen right up to jewish people in space!
It is genuinely funny, with brilliant performances from Spike Milligan and of course Mel Brooks himself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
When this film first appeared more than 20 years ago, it temporarily threatened to replace world history courses in schools, colleges, and universities. Of course, that didn't happen. Probably just as well, given the fact that screenwriter, producer, and director Mel Brooks never wrote, produced, and directed Part II and its eagerly-awaited portrayals of "Jews in Space" and "Hitler on Ice." There are historians' homes in which Brooks is still not welcome. In any event, what we have in Part I is a combination of five extended sketches: The Dawn of Man, The Stone Age, The Spanish Inquisition, The Bible, and The Future. Inevitably there are some gaps.

Brooks appears in several different roles while (in fact) portraying himself: Moses, Comicus, Torquemada, and King Lou. Other members of the Brooks Ensemble Company include Madeline Kahn (Empress Nympho), Cloris Leachman (Madame de Farge), Harvey Korman (Count de Monet), Ron Carey (Swiftus), Andreas Voutsinas (B'ernaise), and Shecky Green (Marcus Vindictus). Brooks has assembled a cast of thousands. The production values are remarkably good. However, as in other Brooks films such as Blazing Saddles and High Anxiety, the quality of the humor varies from Brilliant & Inspired (e.g. King Lou professing love of "the little people" while shooting at airborn peasants who have been launched as targets: "Pull!") to Oh No (e.g. Moses reducing the number of Commandments to Ten by dropping/breaking one of three tablets while descending Mount Sinai, and, Jesus becoming confused by use of his name as an expletive). Brooks is an incurable gagster and punster. More often than not, the humor in this film works. But when it doesn't....

Several clever touches.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon C. Lewis on 20 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
Vintage Brooks par excellence. Our man from Rock Ridge deserves an Oscar purely for his self-deprecating humour, as subtle as a spear up the backside as it sometimes gets. Mel's movies are never anything more than a string of one-liners and sight gags, and some of them are so dire, they deserve to burn in Hell. For every wisecrack that falls flatter than a Roman flagstone, however, there are other moments of pure genius, and a whole fortressful of them during the film's finest hour, the unforgettable Spanish Inquisition sequence, a brilliantly clever Busby Berkeley reinvention which is worth the price of the DVD alone. Brooks dominates, of course; his performance as stand-up philosopher Comicus is a wonderfully vulgar spoof of Hollywood in all its kitsch, and no-one could play Torquemada quite like he does in the afore-mentioned Auto da Fe. Still, entertaining cameos from Spike Milligan and Pamela Stephenson light up the French Revolution segment, and, in an inspired stroke of continuity, what a joy to see Harvey Korman again in a role where he is forever rebuking anyone who incorrectly pronounces his character's name. But never mind Count de Monet - count the laughs. Irresistible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MARTIN on 10 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
THIS WAS A REVISIT AND IT MADE ME CRINGE WATCHING IT WITH MY NOW APPROACHING 40(AGE) CHILDREN. IT IS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST FILMS I HAVE EVER WATCHED AND IS MEL BROOKS AT HIS BEST BUT I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THAT YOU ALLOW YOUR YOUNGSTERS TO SEE IT AS THE COMMENTS REGARDING BEING CERTAIN THAT THEY COULD SEE THE CENTURIANS GENITALIA DURING "QUICK TIME HAUNCH" MADE ME REALIZE THAT I WAS PERHAPS NOT AS DISCERNING THEN AS I AM NOW BY NOT ALLOWING MY GRANDCHILDREN TO SEE THE FILM.

DO NOT LOOK FOR DEEP MEANING THIS IS ALL ABOUT A GOOD BELLY LAUGH AND THE JOY OF SEEING SOME OF THE MOST GIFTED ENTERTAINERS EVER; PERFORMING, IS A JOY. NOT TO SAY THAT YOU WILL NOT FIND SOME SENSE OF VALUE IN THE FILM AS IT RIDICULES WORLD HISTORICAL EVENTS IN A WAY THAT EQUALS MONTY PYTHON.

SOME MAY SPOT ALL THE DOUBLE MEANINGS FIRST TIME AROUND BUT EVEN THOUGH MY CHILDREN COULD ALMOST DO THE FILM WORD FOR WORD I STILL FOUND ONE I MISSED ON THE FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH ETC. VIEWING AND MARCUS VINDICTUS EYEBROWS ARE ALMOST AS GOOD AS HUGH CRUMMOND (SEE LINK)Bullshot [DVD] [1983]
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Badger_Badger on 9 Sept. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Mel Brooks at his best, with classic humour which no-one should miss.
This film starts at the begining of man and runs through to the French revolution in such a way that shows an unrivelled paradoy which only Mel Brooks and his cast can pull off.
You should watch this film if only to find out how Mosses turned the 15 commandments to 10 and the truth behind the parting of the Red Sea.
All in all a cracking night in!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave and Lou Hills on 5 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
I grew up with this film. My nan had it, and we loved putting it on and watching when we went to hers. Fortunatly I never knew what half of the things meant, and watching it recently, it is quite rude in places.
Now Im older and have purchased and watched again, I understand it haha, and its alot more funny.
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