Start the Revolution Without Me

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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.

  1. Lawrence J. Cohen


  2. Fred Freeman


  3. Bud Yorkin


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  1. Gene Wilder

    Gene Wilder

    Claude / Philippe

  2. Donald Sutherland

    Donald Sutherland

    Charles / Pierre

  3. Hugh Griffith

    Hugh Griffith

    King Louis

  4. Jack MacGowran

    Jack MacGowran


  5. Billie Whitelaw

    Billie Whitelaw

    Queen Marie

  6. Victor Spinetti

    Victor Spinetti

    Duke d'Escargot

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 30m

Budget -

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • February 4, 1970
  • August 14, 1970
    R, Theatrical



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