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 <email@example.com>
A wild and hilarious chase for a fortune in jewels.
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had problems with Yugoslavian extras who did not speak English. Some extras playing museum guards were to walk through the museum ringing a bell and shouting, "Closing time! Closing time!" The extras misunderstood and walked through the scene shouting "Cloakie Bye! Cloakie Bye!" Brooks decided "Cloakie Bye" was funnier, so he left it in the movie. See more
During the chase through the train yard, a modern era bus can be seen passing in the background. See more
[Ostap has just addressed him as "comrade"
Comrade! Comrade! Everybody calls me comrade! Everybody in the new Soviet Union is a comrade! People you don't know, strangers, everybody is a comrade! Oh, I miss Russia!
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 12 stulyev
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