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Director:
Writers:
Thomas Meehan (screenplay) &
Ronny Graham (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 February 1984 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
That is the movie!
Plot:
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Definitely meant "to Be"... See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Ronny Graham ... Sondheim

Estelle Reiner ... Gruba
Zale Kessler ... Bieler

Jack Riley ... Dobish
Lewis J. Stadlen ... Lupinsky

George Gaynes ... Ravitch

George Wyner ... Ratkowski
James 'Gypsy' Haake ... Sasha (as James Haake)
Scamp ... Mutki

Christopher Lloyd ... Capt. Schultz

José Ferrer ... Prof. Siletski (as Jose Ferrer)

Charles Durning ... Col. Erhardt

Tim Matheson ... Lt. Andre Sobinski

Mel Brooks ... Dr. Frederick Bronski

Anne Bancroft ... Anna Bronski

Earl Boen ... Dr. Boyarski
Ivor Barry ... General Hobbs
William Glover ... Major Cunningham

John H. Francis ... British Intelligence Aide (as John Francis)
Raymond Skipp ... R.A.F. Flight Sergeant
Marley Sims ... Rifka
Larry Rosenberg ... Rifka's Husband

Max Brooks ... Rifka's Son
Henry Kaiser ... Gestapo Officer
Milt Jamin ... Gestapo Soldier
George Caldwell ... Gestapo Guard
Wolf Muser ... Desk Sergeant

Henry Brandon ... Nazi Officer
Lee E. Stevens ... 2nd Nazi Officer
Frank Lester ... Officer in Command Car
Roy Goldman ... Hitler
Robert Goldberg ... Hitler Adjutant
John McKinney ... Elite Guard Officer
Eda Reiss Merin ... Frightened Jewish Woman
Manny Kleinmuntz ... Frightened Jewish Woman's Husband
Phil Adams ... Airport Sentry
Curt Lowens ... Airport Officer
Robin Haynes ... Polish Flier
Ron Kuhlman ... Polish Flier

John Otrin ... Polish Flier
Blane Savage ... Polish Flier
Joey Sheck ... Polish Flier
Ron Diamond ... Pub Bartender
Gillian Eaton ... Pub Barmaid

Paddi Edwards ... Pub Waitress
Terence Marsh ... Startled British Officer
Winnie McCarthy ... Picadilly Usherette
Paul Ratliff ... Naval Officer
Scott Beach ... Narrator
Sandra Gray ... Lady
Clare Culhane ... Lady
Laurie Manning ... Lady (as Lainie Manning)
Leeyan Granger ... Lady
Antoinette Yuskis ... Lady (as Antonette Yuskis)
Stephanie Wingate ... Lady
Ian Bruce ... Klotski's Klown
John Frayer ... Klotski's Klown
Edward J. Heim ... Klotski's Klown
Spencer Henderson ... Klotski's Klown
George Jayne ... Klotski's Klown
Bill K. Richards ... Klotski's Klown
Neil J. Schwartz ... Klotski's Klown

Tucker Smith ... Klotski's Klown
Ted Sprague ... Klotski's Klown
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Patrice Cole ... Theater Patron (uncredited)

Richard Halpern ... Theater Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Johnson 
 
Writing credits
Thomas Meehan (screenplay) &
Ronny Graham (screenplay)

Edwin Justus Mayer (1942 screenplay)

Melchior Lengyel (story)

Ernst Lubitsch  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Mel Brooks .... producer
Howard Jeffrey .... executive producer
Irene Walzer .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Morris 
 
Cinematography by
Gerald Hirschfeld (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Balsam 
 
Casting by
Terry Liebling 
 
Production Design by
Terence Marsh 
 
Art Direction by
J. Dennis Washington 
 
Set Decoration by
John Franco Jr. 
 
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
 
Makeup Department
John M. Elliott Jr. .... makeup artist (as John M. Elliot Jr.)
Cheri Ruff .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Jack Frost Sanders .... production manager
Jack Frost Sanders .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ross G. Brown .... assistant director
Pamela M. Eilerson .... second assistant director (as Pamela Eilerson)
Dennis Maguire .... dga trainee (as Dennis P. Maguire)
 
Art Department
Craig Edgar .... set designer
Joseph E. Hubbard .... set designer
Guy A. MacLaury .... construction foreman (as Guy Allan MacLaury)
Mary Mathews .... assistant property master
William S. Maxwell III .... leadman (as William Maxwell III)
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master
Hope M. Parrish .... assistant property master (as Hope Parrish)
John A. Scott III .... swing gang (as John Scott III)
S. Bruce Wineinger .... construction coordinator
Steven Kerlagon .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Robert Van Dyke .... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
Peter Van Zyl .... greensman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator
Gene S. Cantamessa .... production sound mixer
Louis L. Edemann .... supervising sound editor
Richard C. Franklin .... sound editor (as Rick Franklin)
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Varney .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg Orloff .... foley recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Phil Abramson .... visual effects designer (uncredited)
Roy Arbogast .... visual effects designer (uncredited)
Robert Blalack .... optical effects (uncredited)
Chuck Comisky .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... optical compositor (uncredited)
David Emerson .... optical lineup (uncredited)
Alan G. Markowitz .... visual effects (uncredited)
Austin McKinney .... visual effects (uncredited)
Rexford L. Metz .... visual effects director of photography (uncredited)
Christopher Nibley .... visual effects director of photography (uncredited)
Mark M. Pompian .... visual effects camera operator (uncredited)
Chris Regan .... optical supervisor (uncredited)
Jay Riddle .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Robert Skotak .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bernie Godlove .... stunt pilot
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts
Harvey Parry .... stunts
Art Scholl .... stunt pilot
Dick Ziker .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Billy Beaird .... dolly grip (as Bill Beaird)
Mike Benson .... camera operator (as Michael A. Benson)
Michael W. Blymyer .... best boy (as Michael Blymyer)
Alfred Budniak .... best boy (as Al Budniak)
Joe Collins .... best boy
Lindsay P. Hill .... video playback operator
Marc Hirschfeld .... assistant camera (as Marc D. Hirschfeld)
Ronald W. McLeish .... gaffer
Charles L. Sereci .... best boy (as Chuck Sereci)
Stephen Vaughan .... still photographer
Robert West Sr. .... key grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bruce Ericksen .... costume supervisor: men
Ann Somers Major .... costume supervisor: women
 
Editorial Department
Nancy Forner .... assistant editor
Jack Hooper .... negative cutter
Patrick Magee .... apprentice editor (as Patrick W. Magee)
 
Music Department
Ralph Burns .... orchestrator
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Eugene Marks .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (as Danny Wallin)
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Michael Connolly .... transportation coordinator
Steve Bonner .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
William Allyn .... production suggested by
Bruce Bahrenburg .... unit publicist
Penny Brocato .... craft service
Bart Doe .... title illustrator
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Stanley Gibbs .... production assistant
Tom Gillman .... assistant: Mr. Johnson
Iwona Izdebska .... dialogue coach: Polish
K. Lenna Katich .... production controller (as K. Lenna Woodward)
David Lunney .... production suggested by
Michele Markus .... assistant: Mr. Brooks
Princess O'Mahoney .... production assistant (as Princess McLean)
Charlene Painter .... assistant choreographer: Mr. Johnson
Pattie Pica .... assistant: Mr. Jeffrey
Cynnie Troup .... script supervisor
John R. Woodward .... location manager
Anna Zappia .... production coordinator
Leah Zappy .... assistant: Mr. Brooks (as Leah S. Zappy)
Art Scholl .... pilot (uncredited)
 

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107 min
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Trivia:
Mel Brooks has said this is his favorite of his Brooksfilms movies.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In the introduction it is stated that all of Czechoslovakia was absorbed by Nazi Germany. In fact Slovakia was constituted as an independent regime that fought in WWII as one of the Axis allies.See more »
Quotes:
Frederick Bronski:If we don't make it through this, I forgive you for whatever happened between you and Lt. Sobinsky... but if we do, you're in a lot of trouble!See more »
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Sweet Georgia BrownSee more »

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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Definitely meant "to Be"..., 9 February 2000
Author: Mister-6 from United States

I haven't seen the Ernst Lubitsch original of this gem but if I had, I might have been prejudiced in my decision of this being one of the finer films that Mel Brooks has been in.

Though not written by or directed by Mel, he and wife Anne Bancroft take center stage as Frederick and Anna Bronski, Poland's most famous acting family. When the Nazi war machine overtakes Warsaw, they and their acting troupe use every actor's trick in the book to escape and make their way to England.

All this, of course, while Anna becomes smitten with an American pilot (Matheson) who helps them both to freedom. In the meantime, there are threats from a devious doctor (Ferrer), a lecherous Nazi colonel (Durning) and a command for the troupe to perform for the Nazi Army with Hitler in the audience.

There are so many classic moments here that to list them would be a dis-service to the movie. Let me just say that I enjoyed this whole film from opening to closing and even the closing had some doozies.

The Nazis are seen as complete buffoons and the exchanges between Durning and his head officer (Lloyd) are classic. In fact, I can see why Durning was nominated for an Oscar for his role here; not just anyone could have pulled it off as well as he.

Everyone here has a good scene or two, including Mel's regulars (Graham, Wyner, Riley) and the dialogue even manages to get the proper sentiment and tension out of the proper scenes. A great effort by all involved.

Purists of the Jack Benny original may disagree, but this "To Be or Not to Be" is the "to Be" for me!

Ten stars. Mazeltov!

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