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Twelve Chairs (1971)

12 stulev (original title)
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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Archil Gomiashvili ...
Sergey Filippov ...
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Natalya Krachkovskaya ...
Natalya Vorobyova ...
Glikeriya Bogdanova-Chesnokova ...
Nina Grebeshkova ...
Musik / Tsaritza Tamara
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Klara Rumyanova ...
Katerina Alexandrovna, Father Fyodor's wife
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Igor Yasulovich ...
Georgiy Vitsin ...
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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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2 November 1972 (USA)  »

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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

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 »

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 »

Connections

Version of It's in the Bag! (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Gde sredi pampasov begayut bizony...
("Tango pirata")
Written by Aleksandr Zatsepin and Leonid Derbenyov
Performed by Valeriy Zolotukhin
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Brilliant!
19 June 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Director Leonid Gaidai had a talent for comedy like no one else. His adaptation of the great humorous book is also great and gives a lot of good laughs.

The acting... it's just excellent. It only shows the respect the cast and crew had for the authors - Ilya Ilf and Evgenij Petrov. And there is no doubt that Archil Gomiashvili, may he rest in piece, was and is the best Ostap Bender ever. He was really meant to play this part.

I say, this movie may not be perfect but it is totally better than the "12 chairs" by Zacharaov.

It's just great.


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