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History of the World, Part I

History of the World, Part I
History of the World, Part I
History of the World, Part I
  • R
  • 1h 32m
  • 1981
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Join acclaimed funnyman Mel Brooks on an outrageous trip through history – and learn what “really” happened. Travel from a crazy spoof of 2001 to the Roman Empire, where Brooks plays a stand-up philosopher in Caesar’s Palace, to the French Revolution, where Brooks is King Louis XVI, and the Spanish inquisition, where this time, singing monks and swimming nuns perform fabulous musical numbers!
© 1981 Brooksfilms Limited

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: History of the World: Part I may not have enough comedic inspiration to merit a Part II, but the sporadic cleverness of these anachronistic skits are still a testament to Mel Brooks' gift for farce.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Dirty jokes, some sparkle in uneven Mel Brooks classic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that sex-based humor and bathroom-level gags abound, about flatulence, urination, erections, and other body functions. There is regular swearing, with one use of the f-word. Certain dirty jokes (like the opening masturbation scene) will call for uncomfortable explanations for young audiences; others -- like reference to showbiz icons Irving "Swifty" Lazar and Henny Youngman -- will need historical enlightenment. There is a lengthy marijuana gag, in which a gigantic joint (rolled by the only black character) mellows out antagonists. Some scenes make fun of nuns and Catholic iconography. Jesus Christ shows up in one sketch, but actually gets treated more or less respectfully. Moses is not so lucky, oy veh.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:June 12, 1981
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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