History of the World---Part I
History of the World---Part I (1981)

Mel Brooks produced, directed, wrote, and starred in this episodic comedy in the spirit of Monty Python and the 1957 studio travesty The Story of Mankind. The film is divided into five sequences that play like blue-toned Eddie Cantor… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1981
DVD Release Date: October 5, 1999
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

... an entertaining mishmash of skits which finds Mel Brooks back in lively form, both for better and for worse.

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Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

Brooks' fractured History is salvaged by the tuneful 'Inquisition.'

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Crude, rude Mel Brooks has low laughs

Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Dirty jokes, some sparkle in uneven Mel Brooks classic.

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Chuck O'Leary

Brooks proved that increasing the vulgarity level doesn't necessarily translate into more laughs. Gag after gag falls flat in this potty-mouthed dud.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Mel Brooks' The History of the World: Part I contains plenty of belly-shaking laughs.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Hearing some of those old, beloved one-liners again made me smile, but they did not have the power to make me laugh anew.

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Widgett Walls

The fact that there has been no Part 2 is ample proof that God hates us all.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Occasional bright moments, but it's clear why there was no. part two.

Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
A truly funny, episodic comedy. Kahn is great and the musical numbers are memorable.
Tim Salmons
Funny, funny stuff. Way ahead of any time, this highly and irreverent entry is Brooks at his best. A true classic!
Alex roy
An underrated Mel Brooks gem, The History of the World-Part 1 is a hilarious film. Mel Brooks delivers yet another great film. The History of the World-Part 1… More
Spencer S.
Another corny Brooks facade, the only half of the two parter is only slightly accuracte, funny as ever, and the musical numbers (including the Spanish… More
Aj V
What was Brooks thinking with this movie? It's not funny, all the jokes are stupid, and there's not really a story (not that one I can recall… More
danny d
although the film got less funny as it went on, it is still worth a solid laugh and is worthy of the mel brooks filmography.