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To Be or Not to Be (1983)

PG | | Comedy | 16 December 1983 (USA)
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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Ronny Graham ...
Sondheim
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Gruba
Zale Kessler ...
Bieler
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Lewis J. Stadlen ...
Lupinsky
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Ratkowski
James 'Gypsy' Haake ...
Sasha (as James Haake)
Scamp ...
Mutki
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Prof. Siletski (as Jose Ferrer)
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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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$13,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Mel Brooks plays no less than five characters in this movie. These include his main role as actor-theatre manager, Dr. Frederick Bronski; he plays Adolf Hitler on stage in the routine Nasty Nazis and in the ruse to evacuate the Polish resistance; Hamlet on the stage where he he says the film's title; and he pretends to be Colonel Erhardt and impersonates Professor Siletski. See more »

Goofs

After the air raid two of the actors are cleaning up outside the theatre. Mel Brooks arrives in a car pulled by a horse with reins clearly visible. In the next shot, close to the driver's door, the reins are no longer there. See more »

Quotes

Frederick Bronski: [disguised as Prof. Siletski] Remember, Erhardt, I'm going to see the Fuhrer tonight. Who knows *what* we'll talk about!
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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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Featured in An Audience with Mel Brooks (1983) See more »

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Ladies
Music & Lyrics by Mel Brooks and Ronny Graham
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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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