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To Be or Not to Be (1983)

 -  Drama | War | Comedy  -  1 February 1984 (France)
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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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Gruba
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Lewis J. Stadlen ...
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Ratkowski
James 'Gypsy' Haake ...
Sasha (as James Haake)
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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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To Be or Not to Be  »

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$13,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The first Hollywood studio film to explicitly refer to the inclusion of gay men in the groups condemned to the Nazi death camps. The use of fabric patches by the Nazis to identify "undesirables" other than Jews is a historical fact. Pink triangles were used to identify sexual deviants, predominantly homosexuals. See more »

Goofs

At about an hour in, a flipped shot of Schultz (Christopher Lloyd) puts his armband on the wrong arm. See more »

Quotes

Anna Bronski: [to her pet dog] Mootkie, we are living in a rat hole.
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Crazy Credits

In the credits at the end, Anne Bancroft's name first appears in parenthesis, until Mel Brooks "waves" them off. This is a reference to a poster in the movie that has Anna Bronski's name in parenthesis. See more »

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Featured in An Audience with Mel Brooks (1983) See more »

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Sweet Georgia Brown
Written by Ben Bernie (uncredited), Maceo Pinkard (uncredited) and Kenneth Casey (uncredited)
Polish translation by Tad Danielewski
Performed by Mel Brooks (uncredited) and Anne Bancroft (uncredited)
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very funny
30 August 1999 | by (New England, USA) – See all my reviews

I loved the Benny/Lombard version but Brookes and Bancroft are so personable you cannot help but love this. Durning was so funny and Christopher Lloyd was great....

I liked it.


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