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The Twelve Chairs (1962)

Las doce sillas (original title)
When her country is taken over by socialist revolutionaries, a wealthy woman can't bear to give up all of her wealth and possessions to the new government, so she hides all of her treasures... See full summary »


Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (as Tomás G. Alea)


Ilya Ilf (novel), Yevgeni Petrov (novel) (as Eugene Petrov) | 2 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Enrique Santisteban Enrique Santisteban ... Hipólito Garrigó (as Enrique Santiesteban)
Reynaldo Miravalles Reynaldo Miravalles ... Oscar (as Reinaldo Miravalles)
René Sánchez René Sánchez ... El Cura
Pilín Vallejo ... Gertrudis
Idalberto Delgado Idalberto Delgado ... Ernesto
Ana Viña Ana Viña ... (as Ana Viñas)
Manuel Pereiro
Pedro Martín Planas Pedro Martín Planas
Raúl Xiqués Raúl Xiqués
Gilda Hernández Gilda Hernández
Silvia Planas Silvia Planas
Ricardo Suárez 'Tarafa' Ricardo Suárez 'Tarafa'
Carmen Garrido Carmen Garrido
Dania Miró Dania Miró
Humberto García Espinosa Humberto García Espinosa ... (as Humberto G. Espinosa)


When her country is taken over by socialist revolutionaries, a wealthy woman can't bear to give up all of her wealth and possessions to the new government, so she hides all of her treasures in the 12 chairs of a dining-room set. After her death her nephew finds out what she had done and, since the chairs had been "nationalized" and are now in the possession of a dozen different people, he sets out to track them down and get the treasures he believes rightfully belong to him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A decent comedy..and the original.
15 April 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The film begins with a VERY novel way of telling the back story. So, instead of showing the old woman hiding her jewels inside one of twelve chairs, you see a cartoon do this inside the actual house used in the live action film. It's very cute and I love when a film goes about doing something differently.

As I just said, the story is about an old woman from what is now communist Cuba who has hidden her jewels so they won't be confiscated by the state. She tells her heir (a nephew) about this secret stash on her death bed--but by now it's too late. It seems that the government has already done some redistributing and all 12 of the chairs have been given to 12 different strangers--and the nephew needs to hurry, as he needs to track down the chairs before their secret is revealed. The story, it seems, is from a Russian novel about the post-Czarist USSR--giving this film a very interesting pedigree.

Overall, this is a pretty decent comedy but not an outstanding one. I think the plot, though funny, rarely was THAT funny. I think it could have used a bit more humor and the performances seemed a bit too restrained. Not bad--but not especially memorable.

If all this sounds familiar to you, it might be because you've already seen the Mel Brooks film "The Twelve Chairs"--which is a remake of this Cuban film. In fact, this would seem like a good film to add to my Netflix queue, as I remember my family adored the Brooks film. But I was only six when I saw it in the theater, so it's not like I have much recollection of it. Perhaps if I do this, I'll update my review of the Cuban original to explain how the two films compare.

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17 December 1962 (Cuba) See more »

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