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Director:
Writers:
Ilya Ilf (novel) and
Yevgeni Petrov (novel) ...
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Release Date:
28 October 1970 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A wild and hilarious chase for a fortune in jewels. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A slapstick farce with a human side See more (36 total) »

Cast

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Ron Moody ... Vorobyaninov

Frank Langella ... Ostap Bender

Dom DeLuise ... Father Fyodor
Andréas Voutsinas ... Nikolai Sestrin (as Andreas Voutsinas)
Diana Coupland ... Madam Bruns
David Lander ... Engineer Bruns
Vlada Petric ... Sevitsky
Elaine Garreau ... Claudia Ivanovna
Robert Bernal ... Curator
Will Stampe ... Night Watchman
Bridget Brice ... Young Woman
Nicholas Smith ... Actor in Play
Rada Djuricin ... Actress in Play
Branka Veselinovic ... Natasha
Mladen 'Mladja' Veselinovic ... Peasant (as Mladja Veselinovic)

Mel Brooks ... Tikon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Petar Banicevic ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Dejan Cavic ... Orator (uncredited)
Ljubomir Cipranic ... Extra (uncredited)
Radmilo Curcic ... Fat Man (uncredited)
Rasa Djukin ... Extra (uncredited)
Bogdan Jakus ... Extra (uncredited)
Vojislav Micovic ... Confused Man (uncredited)
Radomir Popovic ... (uncredited)
Milivoje Popovic-Mavid ... Makko (uncredited)
Aleksandar Stojkovic ... Capt. Scriabin (uncredited)
Paul Wheeler ... Kolya (uncredited)

Directed by
Mel Brooks 
 
Writing credits
Ilya Ilf (novel "Dvenadtsat stulyev") (as Ilf) and
Yevgeni Petrov (novel "Dvenadtsat stulyev") (as Petrov)

Elizabeth Hill (novel translation "Diamonds to Sit On") and
Doris Mudie (novel translation "Diamonds to Sit On")

Mel Brooks (screenplay)

Produced by
Sidney Glazier .... executive producer
Michael Hertzberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Morris 
 
Cinematography by
Djordje Nikolic  (as Dorde Nikolic)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Heim 
 
Art Direction by
Mile Nickolic  (as Mile Nikolic)
 
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers  (as Ruth Meyers)
 
Makeup Department
George Partleton .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
William A. Berns .... executive in charge of production (as William Berns)
Fred T. Gallo .... production supervisor (as Fred Gallo)
Velimir Jakovljevic .... unit manager (as Velja Jakovljevic)
Ante Milic .... production manager
Momcilo Pesic .... unit manager (as Moma Pesic)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Anderson .... second assistant director
Bahrudin 'Bato' Cengic .... assistant director (as Bato Cengic)
Mihajlo Cirin .... second assistant director
Radoje Vilotijevic .... second assistant director (as Radivoge Vilotijevic)
 
Art Department
Milan Cekic .... property master
 
Sound Department
Thomas Halpin .... sound editor
Sanford Rackow .... sound editor
Ken Reynolds .... boom operator
Peter Sutton .... production sound mixer
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording mixer (as Richard Vorisek)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ivan Pajdacki .... key grip (as Ivan Pajdak)
Dragan Prvanovic .... gaffer
Eric Van Haren Noman .... camera operator: second unit (as Eric Van Haaren Noman)
 
Editorial Department
Richard S. Goldberg .... assistant editor
Walter Rappeport .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
John Morris .... conductor
John Morris .... orchestrator
Jonathan Tunick .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Arthur Eckstein .... title designer
Ann Edwards .... continuity
 
Crew believed to be complete


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94 min
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Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Finland:K-3 (cinema release) (1983) | Iceland:L | Portugal:M/6 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:U | USA:G | USA:GP (original rating)
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Trivia:
The night watchman tells Bender and Vorobyaninov that it was "Kaminsky who found the jewels while putting up a curtain". This is a self-reference by director Mel Brooks, who was born Melvin Kaminsky.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Vorobyaninov's "cancellation" stamp places the event in summer 1927. A street sign shows Trotsky's name crossed off, but he was not expelled from the Communist Party until that fall.See more »
Quotes:
[Ostap Bender is kissing a young woman]
Young Woman:Do you love me?
Ostap Bender:Let's just say that I am very much in lust with you.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in History of the World: Part I (1981)See more »
Soundtrack:
Hope for the Best, Expect the WorstSee more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A slapstick farce with a human side, 29 July 1998
Author: Jerry Milani (jmilani@ix.netcom.com) from New York

Fans of Mel Brooks' 'The Producers' will find particular delight in 'The Twelve Chairs'; the two are of a distinctly different style than the more biting parodies that make up his later works.

'The Twelve Chairs' is not a new story, even by 1970 standards. The chase for treasure is an often-used hook to hang a madcap plot. Slapstick and physical humor are employed liberally, most effectively by Dom Deloise as Father Fyodor, the Russian priest who has turned on the church to join in the run for the jewels. His adventures as he is sidetracked to Siberia by the self-described 'handsome young desperado' Ostap Bender (Frank Langella) are funny and completely in character.

What makes 'The Twelve Chairs' different is its human side. The former Russian nobleman I.M. Vorobyaninov is portrayed by Ron Moody perfectly: now reduced to a file clerk, he still lives in his pre-Revolutionary past, flatly refusing to beg when he and Bender are down to their last few rubles and still in pursuit of the chairs. The audience roots for the flashy, smart Bender but also for the pitiable Vorobyaninov as his character grows through the experience.

Characters we meet along the way define other human conditions (the traveling show producer's haughtiness, his assistant's greed, the railworkers' pride). These elements make 'The Twelve Chairs' more like 'The Producers' than 'High Anxiety,' and a film worthy of a listing with Brooks' best.

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