''Start the Revolution Without Me'' is a 1970 comedy film 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 TheFrenchRevolution, 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''.
!!This film provides examples of the following tropes:

* AffectionateParody
* AgentPeacock: Pierre. He may be a dandy but he is a deadly one.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The film is somewhat of a parody of various historical fiction works about the French Revolution, and is not particularly concerned with historical accuracy.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: [[spoiler:Hilariously done in the ending, when certain characters from the story show up to kill narrator Creator/OrsonWelles.]]
* ButtMonkey: The King.
* 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]].
* HairTriggerTemper: Philippe
* 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: Marie Antoinette humiliates King Louis by having him don a chicken costume for a palace ball.
* LargeHam: Philippe. But it is Creator/GeneWilder, what do you expect?
* LovableCoward: Both Charles and Claude who will flee whenever danger erupts
* MedievalMorons
* NoEnding
* ReallyGetsAround: Marie Antoinette
* SeparatedAtBirth: The two pairs of twins, with each family getting one from each pair.
* SwappedRoles
* SwitchedAtBirth: One of the babies that grew up into Gene Wilder was switched with one of the babies that grew up into Donald Sutherland.
* TrapDoor: The doctor at the mental hospital has one in his office.
* TwinSwitch
* UpperClassTwit: King Louis