Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)


“I warn you gentlemen, I am not to be trifled with. To pull the tail of a lion is to open the mouth of trouble and reveal the teeth of revenge biting the tongue of deceit. ” – Duke d’Escargot

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jun 2017)

Brief Synopsis –Two sets of mismatched twins effect the true outcome of the French Revolution

My Take on it – As a kid, I recall being taken on a school field trip to see the Shakespearean play The Comedy of Errors where two mismatched groups of twins cause lots of havoc throughout.

This film is a slight take n the same basic idea but insteda of taking place in ancient Rome (I think), this time it all happens on the eve of the French Revolution.

The story limps along and is actually quite boring throughout.

The best part of the whole film are the narration that keeps popping up throughout by the great Orson Wells.

It reached a point where I was more looking forward to that than the plot itself.

Gene Wilder and Donald Sutherland both have their moments here and there but overall this film just isn’t entertaining enough to keep things interesting over even just 90 minutes.

Bottom Line – A somewhat strange take on Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors that just doesn’t work as well as it could.  The best part of this film is the deadpan narration from Orson Welles that is peppered throughout. Wilder and Sutherland each have their moments here, but overall, this film just isn’t entertaining enough.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Gene Wilder was already adept with a sword from his days on his college fencing team. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy

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