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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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Storyline

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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This was the first of many collaborations between Mel Brooks and Dom DeLuise. They both worked on many of Brooks' films during the 1970s and 80s. See more »

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Russian railroad tracks are famously unique for being laid with their joints across from each other rather than being staggered as they are elsewhere. When Ippolit and Ostapbwalk walk back to Moscow all the tracks they pass have staggered joints. See more »

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Father Fyodor: [Bender is masquerading as a government official as Father Fyodor walks into the office to get information about the chairs] I am Vorobyaninov's son.
[Ostap stares at him]
Father Fyodor: His first-born. He was like a father to me.
Ostap Bender: So... you are Vorobyaninov's son.
Father Fyodor: Yes, I am.
Ostap Bender: [quickly] How old are you?
Father Fyodor: 46... 44.
Ostap Bender: Which is it?
Father Fyodor: 42... 42.
Ostap Bender: According to our records, Vorobyaninov is 53. That means that when you were born, your father was... 11.
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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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Remake of Las doce sillas (1962) 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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The Twelve Chairs
7 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

THE TWELVE CHAIRS is a different kind of Mel Brooks comedy. Its story, from a Russian novel by Ilf and Petrov, will seem very tasteful and human to those who are acquainted with Brooks' usual raunchiness. This movie is a nice change. Ron Moody and Frank Langella star, with Dom DeLuise and a special appearance by Mel Brooks as Tikon.


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