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The Twelve Chairs (1970)

GP | | Comedy | 28 October 1970 (USA)
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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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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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 »

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During the chase through the train yard, a modern era bus can be seen passing in the background. See more »

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Ippolit Vorobyaninov: You're not worth spitting on!
Father Fyodor: Oh yeah? Well, you are!
[spits]
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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 »

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

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L'Internationale
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(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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Hilarious odyssey across Russia on search of the family jewels
29 December 2003 | by (Bremen, Georgia) – See all my reviews

As Mel Brooks films go, I rate it second only to Young Frankenstein. The action takes place in Russia 10 years after the Revolution. Ron Moody is marvelous as a low IQ and totally inept former nobleman, now hiding out as a clerk in a government office, who learns that the family jewels had been sewn into one of the 12 dining room chairs. He returns to his former residence, now an old folks home, and learns from former servant, now janitor, Mel Brooks that the chairs are gone, confiscated by the government. Con man Frank Langella threatens to turn Moody in if he does not allow him in on the quest. Of course, the chairs have been widely distributed. A major fly in the ointment is Dom Deluise, the village priest, who has also learned the secret. He relinquishes all for greed ("O, Thou who knowest all---you know.") and competes in the search. Not a perfect movie, but loaded with laughs. May be Dom's funniest role. I give it an 8 out of 10.


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