''Start the Revolution Without Me'' is a 1970 comedy starring Creator/GeneWilder and Creator/DonaldSutherland as two sets of twins (one born from aristocrats, the other from peasants) who undergo a bizarre switch at birth after the doctor delivering them confuses the two sets; he switches one twin in each pair so each couple will get at least one of their own children. Years later, on the eve of the French Revolution, hilarity ensues as each pair plays a role in the upcoming events.

Creator/OrsonWelles introduces and narrates the film, which was produced and directed by Bud Yorkin just before he and executive producer Creator/NormanLear created TV's ''Series/AllInTheFamily''.
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!!This film provides examples of the following tropes:

* AffectionateParody
* ArtisticLicense: The film is somewhat of a parody of various historical works about the French Revolution, and is not particularly concerned with historical accuracy.
* [[spoiler: BreakingTheFourthWall]]: [[spoiler: Hilariously done in the ending, when certain characters from the story show up to kill narrator OrsonWelles.]]
* CampGay: Pierre.
--> '''Philippe:''' ONE DAY, I SHALL BE KING!
--> '''Pierre:''' And I shall be Queen!
* ClothingDamage: Christina keeps tearing at Mimi's clothes trying to find the birthmark to prove they're sisters, eventually leaving her [[NakedPeopleAreFunny completely nude]].
* CombatPragmatist: Both Charles and Claude, who will run away and hide whenever the fighting starts.
* TheFrenchRevolution: Which, we're continually reminded, takes place in 1789.
* HairTriggerTemper: Philippe
* HeyItsThatGuy: d'Escargot is played by Victor Spinetti, better known to most for his roles in Music/TheBeatles' films ''Film/AHardDaysNight'', ''Film/{{Help}}'', and ''Film/MagicalMysteryTour''.
* IdenticalStranger: The two pairs of identical twins also perfectly resemble the other pair.
* IllTakeTwoBeersToo: When d'Escargot visits the de Sisis and lays out his plan for them to betray the King:
-->'''Philippe:''' And what is the reward for this treachery?
-->'''Escargot:''' Half of France.
-->'''Philippe:''' Hmm. (''{{beat}}'') And for my brother?
* [[ItsACostumePartyISwear It's a Costume Ball, I Swear]]: Marie Antoinette humiliates King Louis by having him don a chicken costume for a palace ball.
* LargeHam: Philippe. But it is GeneWilder, what do you expect?
* MedievalMorons
* NoEnding
* ReallyGetsAround: Marie Antoinette
* SeparatedAtBirth / SwitchedAtBirth: Of course.
* SwappedRoles
* TheCastShowoff: GeneWilder with fencing. It shows up in several of his other movies too. Wilder was a college fencing champion and one of the best fencers in the country at one time.
* TrapDoor: The doctor at the mental hospital has one in his office.
* TwinSwitch
* UpperClassTwit
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