Start the Revolution Without Me

Other mistake: About 3/4 of the way through the film a boat arrives at the left quay of the Seine. Looking west down the river with Notre Dame on the right of the scene you can see a tour bus cross the bridge.

Plot hole: The impetus of the plot is that the doctor mismatches the two sets of twins. But watch carefully the placement as they are born: first the DiCici baby, then the Coupe on the left, then the other DiCici, then the other Coupe on the right of the other three, making it, from the viewer's perspective, DiCici-Coupe-DiCici-Coupe. The doctor then switches the two middle ones, which supposedly mix the twins, but in fact it makes them DiCici-DiCici-Coupe-Coupe, and the two left and two right are given to the fathers. So the twins are not mismatched.

Continuity mistake: When the two different brothers retrieve the book from the Narrator (and ultimately shoot or get shot), in almost every shot, you can tell the scenes were shot separately by looking at the background. Donald Sutherland's shots are different by the wind hitting the plants in the background; Gene Wilder's shots are different by the position of the sunlight (i.e. one is dark, the other is fully lighted). Obvious if you look closely.

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Trivia: Originally slated to be filmed in Czechoslovakia, this movie ended up being shot on location in France instead, when the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia intervened.

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Trivia: Gene Wilder declined a role in Catch 22 in order to make this film.

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Trivia: One of the guests announced by the crier at the king's ball is "The Count Henri de Mancini," an in-joke tribute to noted film composer Henry Mancini.

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Duke d'Escargot: 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.

The Narrator: Paris, France, 1789. Thirty years later, under the reign of Louis XVI, longstanding grievances between aristocrat and peasant were about to boil over. The pot in which these troubles boiled was kindled with the firewood of oppression and injustice and heated by the flames that sucked the air from gasping peasants. Would the pot cool off, would it merely simmer, or would it boil over in the kitchen of France - to stain the floor of history forever?

Duke de Sisis: Do you know who I am?
Andre Coupe: Oh yes. The Duke de Sisis, the scrounge of Corsica.
Duke De Sisis: The scourge of Corsica, you ignorant peasant.

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