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Twelve Chairs (1971)

12 stulev (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy | 2 November 1972 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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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Comedy

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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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

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 »

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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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Soundtracks

Gde sredi pampasov begayut bizony...
("Tango pirata")
Written by Aleksandr Zatsepin and Leonid Derbenyov
Performed by Valeriy Zolotukhin
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Not the best Gaidai's film. See "12 stulyev" by M. Zakharov
18 October 2004 | by ybelov-2See all my reviews

After seeing Andrei Mironov i Zakharov's "12 stulyev" (1977), it hard to imagine a better actor for the part of Ostap.

In general, this Gaidai's film is weak. The acting is too eccentric and unnatural, the sets and the music are too simplistic. Showing a "modern" Soviet Moscow at the end is completely out of place. Even such brilliant actors as Yuri Nikulin and Georgi Vitsin cannot save this film. My rating: 5/10.

If you want to see a much better films by Gaidai, look for "Ivan Vasilyevich" (1973) and especially "Kavkazskaya plennitsa" (1966).

As for "12 stulyev", try to see the film by Mark Zakharov.


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