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.
John Vogel <email@example.com>
The man who made 'Blazing Saddles' and 'Young Frankenstein' brings you his funniest comedy ever...
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Did You Know?
Film debut of Frank Langella
who was recommended for the role by Anne Bancroft
who appeared with him in William Gibson's A Cry Of Players that closed on Broadway after a short run in February 1969. See more
Shortly after Ippolit and Ostap arrive in Moscow, there is a pullout shot of Soviet buildings with prominently-displayed television antennas atop most of the buildings. Television broadcasting did not start in the Soviet Union until 1938--11 years after the date of this movie's setting (1927). See more
[Ostap Bender is kissing a young woman
Do you love me?
Let's just say that I am very much in lust with you.
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
(the soviet national anthem)
Written by Eugène Pottier
& Pierre De Geyter
played at the bureau of housing and at the opening of the railroad worker house by an orchester See more