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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:
The Brooks no one remembers.... 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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
Mel Brooks originally offered the role of Ippolit to Gene Wilder. But Wilder wanted to play the role of Ostap instead. Brooks refused to cast Wilder because Ostap is described in the novel as "devilishly handsome".See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In a scene with first faked epileptic attack, building behind Dostoevsky monument has modern rolling shutters.See more »
Quotes:
Ostap Bender:[after yet another failure] Remember the famous Russian proverb: "The hungrier you get, the tastier the meal." On the other hand, the French have a proverb: merde!See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of 12 stulev (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Hope for the Best, Expect the WorstSee more »

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The Brooks no one remembers...., 14 September 1999
Author: Mister-6 from United States

A long time ago, Mel Brooks had a subtle side.

Hard to believe, isn't it? The man responsible for such guffaw-fests as "Blazing Saddles", "Silent Movie", "High Anxiety" and such.... SUBTLE?

In "The Twelve Chairs", he does get laughs out of the story of a Russian nobleman searching for jewels sewn into one of twelve of his family's chairs that have been sold with the rest of his family's possessions. But not the way we're use to seeing Mel earn them.

This, time, he gets them through character study, human nature, individuals' reactions to certain embarrassing situations and, of course, good old-fashioned greed. And the laughs are there, to be sure.

I'm actually surprised that I liked this as much as I did. I'm used to Mel up there with the lampshade on his head, yucking it up with wild abandon. This film, subtle as it is, makes me laugh.

Of course, for purists, there's always good old DeLuise as another conniver searching for the same jewels. He makes with the wildness and insanity that makes a Mel Brooks film a Mel Brooks film, and he's a joy to see.

The others, Moody and Langella in particular, play regular human beings who see a situation, assess it and act as (nearly) anyone else would. More humorously, of course.

Seek out "The Twelve Chairs". Rare as it is, a rose by any other name....

And you know the rest.

Eight stars. Hey! Hey, hey, hey!

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