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Twelve Chairs (1971)

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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 ... 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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...it's finally been filmed by the country that couldn't stand the unauthentic version! See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

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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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

When Ostap and Ippolit Matveevich are trying to sneak onboard the steamer disguised as loaders, a jet contrail is visible in the upward shot. 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 »

Connections

Version of Treze Cadeiras (1957) See more »

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Serdze krasaviz
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written by Giuseppe Verdi
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A nice treasure hunt
29 February 2008 | by AlexK1978See all my reviews

Gaidai's adaption of Ilf and Petrov's book is better than the 1977 version. Mironov is a good actor, but Archil Gomashvilli is better, though it is not his voice in the movie. Gaidai disliked his voice and asked another actor to do Gomashvilli's lines. That was met with great protest from Gomashvilli and they fought with Gaidai, thus starting a many year mute dispute. Pugovkin (father Fyodor) is also interesting in this role as the "compition" as Ostap calls him. This film is a must-see as here Gaidai once again shows off his talent for light comedy. And by the way, did you know that Karapeinikov (the person from whom Ostap bought the orders for the chairs) is actually Gaidai himself! Almost all Soviet viewers did not know and many still are not aware of this, that it is Gaidai himself there. A great movie!


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