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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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Gruba
Zale Kessler ...
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Lewis J. Stadlen ...
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Ratkowski
James 'Gypsy' 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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Soy o no soy  »

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$13,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Mel Brooks character's car is being pulled by the horse you can see a line of some sort that is being used either to pull the horse forward or to help the horse pull the car. See more »

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Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen: In the interest of clarity and sanity, the rest of this movie will not be in Polish.
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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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Referenced in The Producers (2005) 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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Homage to Jack Benny
24 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Actually, when interviewed about this movie, Mel Brooks said it was an homage to Jack Benny. And if you look, the Bronskis live on Kubelsky Street, Benny Kubelsky is Jack Benny's real name. There are many other touches that also show Brooks' love for the original. Anne Bancroft is a true treat. Her comedic talents shine, she was truly a rare actress, and will be missed.

It was well done, with Mel Brooksian flair, and respectful of the original. I won't add comments about the acting, there are so many pros and cons at this point, one more won't make a difference. But if you have some free time, see BOTH of the movies. It's not sacrilege to like them both.


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