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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Archil Gomiashvili ...
Sergey Filippov ...
Mikhail Pugovkin ...
Natalya Krachkovskaya ...
M-me Gritsatsuyeva
Natalya Vorobyova ...
Glikeriya Bogdanova-Chesnokova ...
Yelena Stanislavovna Bowr
Nina Grebeshkova ...
Musik / Tsaritza Tamara
Yuriy Nikulin ...
Dvornik Tikhon
Natalya Varley ...
Liza
Klara Rumyanova ...
Katerina Alexandrovna, Father Fyodor's wife
Leonid Gayday ...
Varfolomey Korobeynikov
Igor Yasulovich ...
Engineer Schukin
Georgiy Vitsin ...
Stage worker Mechnikov
Saveliy Kramarov ...
Chess club chairman
Viktor Pavlov ...
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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

On the beach, as chair remains are washed into the sea, a line running to the left bottom of the screen is obvious against white foam. See more »

Crazy Credits

17 minutes before the ending there is an intertitle stating: There are 00 hours, 17 minutes and 19 seconds before the end of the film. See more »

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Remake of Las doce sillas (1962) See more »

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Gde sredi pampasov begayut bizony...
("Tango pirata")
Written by Aleksandr Zatsepin and Leonid Derbenyov
Performed by Valeriy Zolotukhin
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Best Version of Ilf & Petrov's "12 Stulyev"
31 January 2005 | by (Russia.) – See all my reviews

In comparison to the later version released in 1977 as a mini TV series this Gaidai's Film is a pure masterpiece. Actually, it is a masterpiece on its own, and can not be compared to other versions of Ilf and Petrov's great book because all the others are pathetic compared to this. Though the 1977 film is almost twice as long as this one, Gaidai's Film manages to be much more interesting as a story and (what is really surprising) is closer to the book than the longer film! In the 1977 film the unnecessary scenes are stretched, while the good ones are cut.

And how can one compare Archil's Bender to Mironov's Bender!?!?!? Gomiashvilli is the real Ostap Bender, just from the book. Though he is not the best Bender (that honour goes to Yourski) he is definitely the best one to play in the different versions of 12 Stulyev (Yourski was in Zolotoi Telenok, btw, which I strongly recommend).

Though I find Gaidai's comedies not really great, but good, this film is unique.

I especially like the very end when were are shown the "modern-day" Moskow (I assume it was Moskow), it is really original and simply great.


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