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
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Did You Know?
encouraged Mel Brooks
to write the music as well as the lyrics for "Hope for the best, expect the worst" and subsequently at least one song for all of his movies. She was 'like an angel on his shoulder' when it came to songwriting. See more
When Ipolit and Bendor are running for the exit after breaking the last chair, the piece Ipolit is holding has a large crack in it. Yet when they run back in, the chair piece is intact. See more
[Father Fyodor has just handed supposed government official Ostap a pocket watch
Are you trying to bribe a Soviet official?
Oh, no, no, no, no, no... I was hoping for the best.
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
Referenced in History of the World: Part I
Hope for the Best, Expect the Worst
Music by Johannes Brahms
("Hungarian Dance No. 4 in F# minor") and lyrics by Mel Brooks See more