Start the Revolution without Me

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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 ...
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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2011
  • UPC: 883316397237
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 23,700

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 Voice Only
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, Producer
Jean Tournier Cinematographer
Ferris Webster Editor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fan

    great movies huge fan watch your movies all the time cant get enought of it have a great life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2002

    Hillarious

    This is one of those movies that you need to see several times to catch all the jokes. I discovered it one day after taking several AP tests and was so exhausted that everything was funny. To my pleasant suprise, when I saw it again, at a time when I was better rested, everything was still pretty hilarious. There are some great lines here that my friend and I love to quote. For instance, ''France has cramps from the tyranny of her own indigestion,'' and ''Later that night, still 1789.'' It's a great satire of all those overly serious history movies. There are so many great scenes, like when Wilder is defending his stuffed, dead falcon, and when the king shows up at a fancy party dressed as a chicken because he ''thought it was a costume ball.'' I consider myself a connoisseur of stupid comedies, and give this one my highest recomendation.

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