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The Twelve Chairs (1970)

GP | | Comedy | 28 October 1970 (USA)
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In 1920s Soviet Russia, a fallen aristocrat, a priest and a con artist search for a treasure of jewels hidden inside one of twelve dining chairs, lost during the revolution.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Vorobyaninov
... Ostap Bender
... Father Fyodor
... Nikolai Sestrin (as Andreas Voutsinas)
Diana Coupland ... Madam Bruns
David Lander ... Engineer Bruns
Vlada Petric ... Sevitsky
Elaine Garreau ... Claudia Ivanovna
Robert Bernal ... Curator
Will Stampe ... Night Watchman
Bridget Brice ... Young Woman
... Actor in Play
Rada Djuricin ... Actress in Play
Branka Veselinovic ... Natasha
Mladen 'Mladja' Veselinovic ... Peasant (as Mladja Veselinovic)
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A treasure hunt. An aging ex-nobleman of the Czarist regime has finally adjusted to life under the commisars in Russia. Both he and the local priest find that the family jewels were hidden in a chair, one of a set of twelve. They return separately to Moscow to find the hidden fortune. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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A wild and hilarious chase for a fortune in jewels. See more »

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Peter Sellers was originally cast as Father Fyodor but dropped out before filming began. See more »

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On the car of the Columbus Theater for the announced Play "Hamlet and the October Revolution" next to Shakespeare the name Ivan Poppov is mentioned, obviously a reference to Ivan Ivanovich Popov, a Russian revolutionizer, journalist and freedom fighter. However he is written with one P, not two. See more »

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Madam Bruns: [Father Fyodor is embracing Engineer Bruns' leg] Andrei, why is that man kissing your knee?
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits the title of the movie is showed in Russian first (even with a typographic error 'Dvenadzat' stchlyev'), then it changes into the english title. The same happened at the end of the credits with the words "The end" (Konez), first cames the Russian word, than the english translation. See more »

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Referenced in Spaceballs (1987) See more »

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Hope for the Best, Expect the Worst
Music by Johannes Brahms ("Hungarian Dance No. 4 in F# minor") and lyrics by Mel Brooks
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Hilarious odyssey across Russia on search of the family jewels
29 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

As Mel Brooks films go, I rate it second only to Young Frankenstein. The action takes place in Russia 10 years after the Revolution. Ron Moody is marvelous as a low IQ and totally inept former nobleman, now hiding out as a clerk in a government office, who learns that the family jewels had been sewn into one of the 12 dining room chairs. He returns to his former residence, now an old folks home, and learns from former servant, now janitor, Mel Brooks that the chairs are gone, confiscated by the government. Con man Frank Langella threatens to turn Moody in if he does not allow him in on the quest. Of course, the chairs have been widely distributed. A major fly in the ointment is Dom Deluise, the village priest, who has also learned the secret. He relinquishes all for greed ("O, Thou who knowest all---you know.") and competes in the search. Not a perfect movie, but loaded with laughs. May be Dom's funniest role. I give it an 8 out of 10.


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