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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 Gayday

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 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 Gayday ... 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:

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Country:

Soviet Union

Release Date:

2 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

12 Chairs See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

During the boat chase, a white triangle, presumably a sail, is seen as Ostap circles the overturned boat; would not be visible during the true night scene. 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 L'eredità in Corsa (1939) See more »

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written by Alexis Lvov
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Could be better
12 April 2009 | by amirkhaySee all my reviews

As a big fan of Ilf and Petrov's masterpieces I couldn't watch this version. It contains quite simple Gaidai's humor but not sharp and intelligent humor of authors. Zakharov's version is much closer to book and embodies original jokes. And, of course, genius Mironov is No2 Ostap Bender after Yurski. Though actors are great in both versions, 77's did the best. The very important part of Ilf & Petrov's literature is the author's voice, which was masterfully implemented in 1977 (by the way the one who worked as author's voice was famous Rolan Bykov, who played Panikovsky in 1968 Zolotoy Telenok (Golden Taurus)) but Gaidai didn't use such feature and lost the majority of book's spirit.


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