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Director:
Writers:
Ilya Ilf (novel) and
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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 »
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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)
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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:
Anne Bancroft 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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Tikon:[remembering his former master Vorobyaninov] I loved him... he hardly ever beat us!See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Zwölf Stühle (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Hope for the Best, Expect the WorstSee more »

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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Welcome to Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, and TXXXXsky Street, 3 August 2006
Author: theowinthrop from United States

It is the forgotten Brooks movie. Probably because it has the most controlled script story, and had the least wild, satyric inventiveness of any of his films.

After he wrote and directed the original THE PRODUCERS, Brooks did not do another film for a few years. The second one was this one set in the post-Russian Revolution period in the Soviet Union. Ron Moody (Fagin in the musical OLIVER) is a minor Tsarist nobleman who discovers, when attending his mother-in-law on her death bed, that she hid her fortune in jewelry in one of the dining room chairs. There were a set of twelve chairs, and they were appropriated by the government to be given to deserving members of the proletariat. Moody discovers that his mother-in-law did confess this to one person besides him: the local Russian Orthodox Priest (Dom DeLuise). Moody finds the latter a difficult opponent to beat to the fortune first. By chance he falls in with a young swindler (Frank Langella) and he and Langella pursue the chairs, and also send DeLuise on a wild goose chase following a second set of similar chairs.

What we get is a view of the Soviet Union in 1928, as the Civil Wars died out and the regime consolidated power. Trotsky's name is now dismissed (as a street shows). The stage is dominated by the state oriented drama that is anti-capitalist. Witness the performance of Andreas Voutsinas - the original "Carmen Ghia" in the first PRODUCERS, as the government backed manager of the theater group that Moody and Langella join. There is a life and death threat behind comments he gives to one of the stage crew he controls. We also see how the common people try to cope with the changes - being sent across country on government sponsored jobs - to houses that the government may furnish.

Brooks has his first role in his own films in this one - as Tikhon, the drunken, ex-servant of Moody. He receives a slap from the latter, and considers it exactly like a hug.

Like IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD, THE TWELVE CHAIRS looks at the antics people will go through for hidden wealth. Langella, who is a street criminal anyway, is the only sane member of the three treasure seekers. He is a realist (the first really serious one in Brooks' films), and has adapted to the new conditions fairly easily by living on his considerably keen wits. He realizes that he is hampered as well as helped by his alliance with Moody, but manages to figure out how to live with Moody as best as possible. Moody has become a bureaucrat to survive in the new regime (he's suspect as an aristocrat), but he still has his pretenses. It takes the events he shares with Langella for him to finally give up his pretenses. Together both men find out what is really worthwhile about living. DeLuise is less lucky. He just discovers the perils of being a loner.

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