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Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)

Two mismatched sets of identical twins, one aristocrat, one peasant, mistakenly exchange identities on the eve of the French Revolution.

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Bud Yorkin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Wilder ... Claude / Philippe
Donald Sutherland ... Charles / Pierre
Hugh Griffith ... King Louis
Jack MacGowran ... Jacques
Billie Whitelaw ... Queen Marie
Victor Spinetti ... Duke d'Escargot
Ewa Aulin ... Christina
Helen Fraser Helen Fraser ... Mimi
Rosalind Knight Rosalind Knight ... Helene de Sisi
Harry Fowler ... Marcel
Murray Melvin ... Blind Man
Ken Parry Ken Parry ... Dr. Boileau
Maxwell Shaw Maxwell Shaw ... Duke de Sisi
Jacques Maury Jacques Maury ... Lt. Sorel
Graham Stark ... Andre Coupe
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Storyline

An account of the adventures of two sets of identical twins, badly scrambled at birth, on the eve of the French Revolution. One set is haughty and aristocratic, the other poor and somewhat dim. They find themselves involved in palace intrigues as history happens around them. Based, very loosely, on Dickens's _A Tale of Two Cities_, Dumas's _The Corsican Brothers_, etc. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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Gene Wilder, wilder than ever !

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Comedy | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1980 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Times Two See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Orson Welles did his narration in two days. See more »

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Twentieth century buses visible on a bridge in background of swordfight. See more »

Quotes

Duke d'Escargot: What brings you to Paris?
Claude: Oh, you might say a little business...
Charles: ...and a little pleasure.
Duke d'Escargot: Which do you prefer? Business, or pleasure?
Charles: Well that depends on what you regard as business.
Claude: And, what you may regard as pleasure!
Duke d'Escargot: In Paris we say, business is pleasure.
Charles: And to us, pleasure is our business.
Duke d'Escargot: Then your business should be a pleasure, making my pleasure a business.
Claude: Unless, some mistake business for pleasure. While others know no business but pleasure.
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Version of I fratelli Corsi (1961) See more »

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A tongue in cheek gem and a dagger into the swollen buttocks of human social affectations
5 January 2000 | by careyphillipsSee all my reviews

The most side-splitting scene in this entire tour d force satire of human nature has to be Hugh Griffith as the bumbling old king awkwardly shuffling down the grand staircase in that ridiculous bird costume, sabotaged by his scheming wife into thinking he was coming down to a costume ball, only to be greeted by a vast throng of uppercrusted bluebloods dressed to the nines in formal evening attire, no one daring to say anything (for he was, of course, The Royal Majesty ), the utterly confused Monarch making his way past his prostrating subjects, bobbing up and down like a giant blue chicken as he returned their bows, all the while making desperate asides to the Queen that it was supposed to be a costume ball he was attending. That has to be one of the most sophisticated scenes in any comedy I have ever seen. Such a skewer into the heart of the pompousness human nature can engender into its artificial social constructions!


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