Start the Revolution without Me

Start the Revolution without Me

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Director: Bud Yorkin

Cast: Bud Yorkin, Gene Wilder, Donald Sutherland, Hugh Griffith

     
 

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Two French peasants are mistaken for a pair of aristocratic nobles in this historical situation comedy. Gene Wilder and Donald Sutherland play the dual roles. Happy to be taken for nobles, the pair soon runs to escape the guillotine in the wake of the French Revolution's blood purge of the upper class and royalty. Hugh Griffith playSee more details below

Overview

Two French peasants are mistaken for a pair of aristocratic nobles in this historical situation comedy. Gene Wilder and Donald Sutherland play the dual roles. Happy to be taken for nobles, the pair soon runs to escape the guillotine in the wake of the French Revolution's blood purge of the upper class and royalty. Hugh Griffith play Louis XVI, with Billie Whitelaw as the amorous Marie Antoinette. The pair are chased by the evil Duke d'Escargot (Victor Spinetti). Orson Welles appears at the beginning and the end of the film as the narrator. Wilder and Sutherland encounter a variety of comical situations in their dual roles of peasants and blue-blooded eccentrics.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Start the Revolution Without Me has developed something of a cult following in the decades since its release, comprised largely of fans of stars Donald Sutherland and Gene Wilder and of the anarchic, anything-goes farcical style of mid-'70s Mel Brooks. Like those Brooks films, Revolution is very silly and very frenetic; also like (some of) those Brooks films, Revolution doesn't always know when to pull back. There are some things, such as the ball at the palace, that work tremendously well; there are, unfortunately, many others that simply fall flat. This becomes increasingly the case toward the end of the film, which simply peters out. Many will feel that Revolution has built up sufficient good will before this so that they won't mind, but others will become increasingly irritated with Revolution and feel that it promises much more than it delivers. Whatever one's reaction, most viewers will find the stars well worth watching and will be delightfully surprised by the wonderful comic performance of Hugh Griffith as Louis XVI. There's also some opulent visuals, which tend to work against the actual comedy but are quite attractive on their own terms. Bud Yorkin's direction is as uneven as the film itself; again, those who are "tuned in" won't mind the lapses.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2011
UPC:
0883316397237
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
8,014

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Wilder Claude/Philippe
Donald Sutherland Charles,Pierre
Hugh Griffith Louis XVI
Billie Whitelaw Marie Antoinette
Victor Spinetti Duke D'Escargot
Ewa Aulin Christina
Orson Welles Narrator
Barry Lowe Sergeant
Jack MacGowran Jacques Cabriolet
Helen Fraser Mimi Montage
Rosalind Knight Helen DeSisi
Harry Fowler Marcel
Murray Melvin Blind Man
Ken Parry Dr. Boileau
Maxwell Shaw Duke DeSisi
Jacques Maury Lt. Sorel
Graham Stark Andre Coupe
George A. Cooper Dr. Duval
Denise Coffey Anne Duval

Technical Credits
Bud Yorkin Director,Producer
John Addison Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Alan Barrett Costumes/Costume Designer
Gabriel Bechir Set Decoration/Design
Lawrence J. Cohen Screenwriter
Larry Cohen Screenwriter
Francois de Lamothe Art Director
Fred Freeman Original Story,Screenwriter
John C. Horger Editor
Norman Lear Executive Producer
Jean Tournier Cinematographer
Ferris Webster Editor

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