This often hysterical farce starts like a house afire, then simply burns down. In 18th-century France, two sets of twin boys are born to different families--one aristocratic, one peasant--then confused by the attending physician. Determined to be at least half-right, the doctor switches
one child in each pair. Time passes and the privileged boys, Pierre (Donald Sutherland) and Philippe (Gene Wilder), grow into arrogant scoundrels, renowned for their willingness to run their rapiers through anyone who opposes them. When revolution appears imminent, King Louis XVI (Hugh Griffith)
calls on the noble swordsmen to help quell the rebels. Disguised as ordinary citizens, P...