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Twelve Chairs (1971)

12 stulev (original title)
Two gentlemen of fortune from the times of Imperial Russia are looking for the uncountable treasure at the dawn of Soviet Union age.

Director:

Leonid Gaidai

Writers:

Ilya Ilf (novel), Yevgeni Petrov (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Archil Gomiashvili Archil Gomiashvili ... Ostap Bender
Sergey Filippov ... Kisa Vorobyaninov
Mikhail Pugovkin ... Father Fyodor
Natalya Krachkovskaya ... M-me Gritsatsuyeva
Natalya Vorobyova Natalya Vorobyova ... Ellochka Schukina
Glikeriya Bogdanova-Chesnokova ... Yelena Stanislavovna Bowr
Nina Grebeshkova ... Musik / Tsaritza Tamara
Yuriy Nikulin ... Dvornik Tikhon
Natalya Varley ... Liza
Klara Rumyanova Klara Rumyanova ... Katerina Alexandrovna, Father Fyodor's wife
Leonid Gaidai ... Varfolomey Korobeynikov
Igor Yasulovich ... Engineer Schukin
Georgiy Vitsin ... Stage worker Mechnikov
Saveliy Kramarov ... Chess club chairman
Viktor Pavlov ... Kolya
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Storyline

A former aristocrat Ippolit Vorobyaninov leads a miserable life in Soviet Russia. His mother-in-law reveals a secret to him - she hid family diamonds in one of the twelve chairs they once had. Vorobyaninov in cooperation with a young con artist Ostap Bender start a long search for the diamonds. Written by Konstantin Dlutskii <kedlutski@mailexcite.com>

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Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

Soviet Union

Release Date:

2 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twelve Chairs See more »

Filming Locations:

Mosfilm Studios, Moscow, Russia See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Georgiy Daneliya was originally set to direct, but he yielded the job to Leonid Gaidai who wanted to direct the movie. See more »

Goofs

On the beach, as chair remains are washed into the sea, a line running to the left bottom of the screen is obvious against white foam. See more »

Crazy Credits

17 minutes before the ending there is an intertitle stating: There are 00 hours, 17 minutes and 19 seconds before the end of the film. See more »

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Version of It's in the Bag! (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Gde sredi pampasov begayut bizony...
("Tango pirata")
Written by Aleksandr Zatsepin and Leonid Derbenyov
Performed by Valeriy Zolotukhin
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The Comedy
28 October 2003 | by oleh_kSee all my reviews

The best comedy I have seen. The script is based on exceptionally observant novel by Ilf and Petrov and is translated to screen flawlessly. But wait, not only dialog is clever, this film is one of the best (or the best) physical comedies I know. My friend who does not speak Russian enjoyed simply watching acting by superb ensemble of actors. There is not a single false note through entire three hour run. I watch it again and again. Beautiful and smart! 10/10.


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