R | | Comedy, History
Mel Brooks brings his one-of-a-kind comic touch to the history of mankind covering events from the Old Testament to the French Revolution in a series of episodic comedy vignettes.
On June 7, 1981, just four days before the movie opened in theaters, Mel Brooks was interviewed by The New York Times and mentioned the possibility of a sequel. "Will there be a History of the World: Part II?" he asked, rhetorically. "No. Maybe a part four, never a part two."
...There he is! Seize him!
Josephus: Seize *this*, honkus!
Comicus: NO! Don't ever say that to the Fuzz!
Marcus Vindictus: Arrest him!
Marcus Vindictus: Do you know the punishment for a slave who strikes a Roman citizen?
Marcus Vindictus: Okay... You had your hand up first.
1st Onlooker: Death by torture!
Marcus Vindictus: Be more specific.
1st Onlooker: ... You get...
When the cave man throws the spear, is penetrates the abdomen of another cave men. When the spear is pulled out, the is no blood on the blade.
Last shot of the film shows a wagon riding off into the horizon with a mountain carved into the words "THE END" in the background.
The German TV version is missing the "Hitler on Ice" segment during the finale. Also, there is a small bit missing in the stone age segment, showing the invention of art (wall painting), and the first critic taking a leak on the masterpiece.
English, Latin, French
$4,792,731 14 June 1981