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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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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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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

The novelty rap song "To Be or Not to Be (The Hitler Rap)" is not actually heard in the movie but it does feature on this movie's soundtrack. The song was a music video tie-in for the movie and was also release as a 45 single on vinyl. The song peaked at the No #12 spot on the on UK Singles Chart during February 1984 and in the same year at No #3 on the Australian Singles Chart (Kent Music Report). The song was banned from being broadcast on television and radio in Germany making it a highly controversial and politically sensitive single in that country. This was due to is treatment of Nazi involvement in World War II. See more »

Goofs

On his way back to Poland to find and kill Professor Siletski, the plane flies through a region with high mountain areas, and when Lt. Sobinski jumps, his parachute unfolds, while in the background the same scene is shown. There are high mountain ranges in Poland, but they are far from Warsaw, where the Lt. said he would go as quickly as possible in order to prevent the Professor from reaching the Gestapo with his list. See more »

Quotes

Anna Bronski: [Anna has just turned down Erhardt's invitation for supper] I never sup after I've dined.
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Crazy Credits

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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Soundtracks

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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Delightful slapstick at its best
5 June 2002 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was so pleased to come across this movie on tv, and found it delightful every step of the way even though it does go "over the top" in its script. I could almost sense Sid Caesar's presence in the group but he was not a part of it here, which I regret.

Although the subject matter is serious enough, as it deals with the Nazi military and their activities, there is so much humor to be found in the foibles of citizens and soldiers alike that we are swept up in the steady action.

Mel Brook and Anne Bancroft carry the plot along splendidly. I don't think Jose Ferrer had been in many comedies so it was a pleasure to see him take part in this type of film.

Good entertainment and full of action.


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