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The Twelve Chairs (1970)

GP | | Comedy | 28 October 1970 (USA)
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In 1920s Soviet Russia, a fallen aristocrat, a priest and a con artist search for a treasure of jewels hidden inside one of twelve dining chairs, lost during the revolution.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andréas Voutsinas ...
Nikolai Sestrin (as Andreas Voutsinas)
Diana Coupland ...
David Lander ...
Vlada Petric ...
Elaine Garreau ...
Robert Bernal ...
Will Stampe ...
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Rada Djuricin ...
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Branka Veselinovic ...
Mladen 'Mladja' Veselinovic ...
Peasant (as Mladja Veselinovic)


A treasure hunt. An aging ex-nobleman of the Czarist regime has finally adjusted to life under the commisars in Russia. Both he and the local priest find that the family jewels were hidden in a chair, one of a set of twelve. They return separately to Moscow to find the hidden fortune. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Did You Know?


The chairs that the characters in the movie are searching for were made by the fictitious furniture maker Christopher Hambs in London. In the original book the chairs, which were made in English style and had English material for seats, were made by the real-life furniture maker Heinrich Gambs, who was born in 1765 in Durlach near Karlsruhe, Germany and moved to St. Petersburg later. Since 1796 his company was making and selling furniture for the nobles and the Tsair. Many writers dedicated writings to this furniture but "The Twelve Chairs" by Ilf and Petrov is the most famous novel about it. See more »


Shortly after Ippolit and Ostap arrive in Moscow, there is a pullout shot of Soviet buildings with prominently-displayed television antennas atop most of the buildings. Television broadcasting did not start in the Soviet Union until 1938--11 years after the date of this movie's setting (1927). See more »


Ippolit Vorobyaninov: [They've torn one of chairs to pieces when Vorobyaninov realizes] How did you find out about the jewels?
Father Fyodor: [pause, then] People talk.
Ippolit Vorobyaninov: Why, you disgusting creature! You used the sacred sacrement of confession to further your own ends!
Father Fyodor: Not really.
Ippolit Vorobyaninov: Well, you are just about the most contemptible creature it has even been my misfortune to meet! You're not worth spitting on!
Father Fyodor: Well, you are!
[He spits on Vorobyaninov]
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits the title of the movie is showed in Russian first (even with a typographic error 'Dvenadzat' stchlyev'), then it changes into the english title. The same happened at the end of the credits with the words "The end" (Konez), first cames the Russian word, than the english translation. See more »


Version of Dvanáct kresel (1933) See more »


(the soviet national anthem)
Written by Eugène Pottier & Pierre Degeyter
played at the bureau of housing and at the opening of the railroad worker house by an orchester
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Much Better Than Expected
14 August 2001 | by (Kankakee, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I rented this film because it was the only Mel Brooks movie I hadn't seen. I had enjoyed all of his other movies and thought,"Why not see 'em all?" I thought since I hadn't heard of it it would be stupid. And, Man, was I wrong. This movie could be described as hilarious. I loved it. And it's not exactly like all other Mel Brooks movies. If you like Mel Brooks I recommend this film to you. Dom DeLuise is hilarious in this. Now go watch it with your family.

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