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To Be or Not to Be (1983)

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A bad Polish actor is just trying to make a living when what should intrude but World War II in the form of an invasion. His wife has the habit of entertaining young Polish officers while ... See full summary »

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A bad Polish actor is just trying to make a living when what should intrude but World War II in the form of an invasion. His wife has the habit of entertaining young Polish officers while he's on stage which is also a source of depression to him. When one of her officers comes back on a Secret Mission, the actor takes charge and comes up with a plan for them to escape. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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1 February 1984 (France)  »

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Soy o no soy  »

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$13,000,000 (USA)
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This movie's title, as with the earlier version To Be or Not to Be (1942), is taken from a line in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet", written around the year 1600. The "To be or not to be" line is one of the most famous quotations in literature, taken from Hamlet's soliloquy. As both versions of this film involve a Polish theatrical troupe, this is therefore explains the relevance of the line as a film title. The full version of the stanza it appears in: "To be or not to their titles. To be or not to be - that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer. The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune: Or to take arms against a sea of troubles." See more »

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Hitlers personal plane was a Ju-52 not a Ford Trimotor. See more »

Quotes

[Infuriated at Sobinski leaving the audience in the middle of his soliloquy, Frederick starts delivering the rest of his lines with uncharacteristic fire]
Ravitch: [watching from offstage] What happened? He's good tonight.
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At the end of the movie, each cast member comes and takes a bow, as they would for a stage play, while their names are on the screen. See more »

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Spoofs A Little Night Music (1977) See more »

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A Little Peace
Music & Lyrics by Mel Brooks and Ronny Graham
Performed by Mel Brooks (uncredited), George Wyner (uncredited) and George Gaynes (uncredited)
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Outstanding War Film that Is Not Anti-Polish
8 April 2002 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

What a refreshing film about World War II that shows the truth about Poles who fought against the Nazi rule. Brooks and his wife shine in this comedy in Warsaw as they protect Jews and gays in those grim days. What great acting. What a classic film. !!!! It should be in the top 250. Mel Brooks has the magic touch


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