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Twelve Chairs (1971)
"12 stulev" (original title)

 |  Comedy  |  2 November 1972 (USA)
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A former aristocrat Ippolit Vorobyaninov leads a miserable life in Soviet Russia. His mother-in-law reveals a secret to him - she hid family diamonds in one of the twelve chairs they once ... See full summary »

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M-me Gritsatsuyeva
Natalya Vorobyova ...
Glikeriya Bogdanova-Chesnokova ...
Yelena Stanislavovna Bowr
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Yuriy Nikulin ...
Dvornik Tikhon
Natalya Varley ...
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Klara Rumyanova ...
Katerina Alexandrovna, Father Fyodor's wife
Leonid Gayday ...
Varfolomey Korobeynikov
Igor Yasulovich ...
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Georgiy Vitsin ...
Stage worker Mechnikov
Saveliy Kramarov ...
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A former aristocrat Ippolit Vorobyaninov leads a miserable life in Soviet Russia. His mother-in-law reveals a secret to him - she hid family diamonds in one of the twelve chairs they once had. Vorobyaninov in cooperation with a young con artist Ostap Bender start a long search for the diamonds. Written by Konstantin Dlutskii <kedlutski@mailexcite.com>

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Georgiy Daneliya was originally set to direct, but he yielded the job to Leonid Gayday who wanted to direct the movie. See more »

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During the boat chase, a white triangle, presumably a sail, is seen as Ostap circles the overturned boat; would not be visible during the true night scene. See more »

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Not the best Gaidai's film. See "12 stulyev" by M. Zakharov
18 October 2004 | by (Québec City, Canada) – See all my reviews

After seeing Andrei Mironov i Zakharov's "12 stulyev" (1977), it hard to imagine a better actor for the part of Ostap.

In general, this Gaidai's film is weak. The acting is too eccentric and unnatural, the sets and the music are too simplistic. Showing a "modern" Soviet Moscow at the end is completely out of place. Even such brilliant actors as Yuri Nikulin and Georgi Vitsin cannot save this film. My rating: 5/10.

If you want to see a much better films by Gaidai, look for "Ivan Vasilyevich" (1973) and especially "Kavkazskaya plennitsa" (1966).

As for "12 stulyev", try to see the film by Mark Zakharov.


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