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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.

Director:

Mel Brooks

Writers:

Ilya Ilf (novel) (as Ilf), Yevgeni Petrov (novel) (as Petrov) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Moody ... Vorobyaninov
Frank Langella ... Ostap Bender
Dom DeLuise ... Father Fyodor
Andréas Voutsinas ... Nikolai Sestrin (as Andreas Voutsinas)
Diana Coupland Diana Coupland ... Madam Bruns
David Lander David Lander ... Engineer Bruns
Vlada Petric Vlada Petric ... Sevitsky
Elaine Garreau Elaine Garreau ... Claudia Ivanovna
Robert Bernal Robert Bernal ... Curator
Will Stampe Will Stampe ... Night Watchman
Bridget Brice ... Young Woman
Nicholas Smith ... Actor in Play
Rada Djuricin Rada Djuricin ... Actress in Play
Branka Veselinovic Branka Veselinovic ... Natasha
Mladen 'Mladja' Veselinovic 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

28 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 12 Chairs See more »

Filming Locations:

Adriatic Sea See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The melody of the theme song "Hope for the best, expect the worst" is based on the 4th Hungarian Dance by Johannes Brahms. See more »

Goofs

Several signs in the movie are written in plain English, something one would never see in Soviet Russia (though this could be deliberate for the convenience of the viewer). See more »

Quotes

Ostap Bender: [lifting up his eye-patch to watch a pretty and well-stacked girl walk by] Now *there's* a healthy girl!
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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 »

Connections

Version of Treze Cadeiras (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

L'Internationale
(uncredited)
(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
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A Typical Mel Brooks' Comedy
21 July 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The Twelve Chairs Years after the Russian Revolution in 1917, the former aristocrat Ippolit Matveevich Vorobyaninov (Ron Moody) is informed by his terminal mother-in- law that she has hidden her jewels in a the upholstery of chair from a set of twelve chairs. The Orthodox Father Fyodor (Dom DeLuise) also hears and leaves the Church to seek out the treasure. Vorobyaninov travels to his old house and meets his former servant Tikon (Mel Brooks) that adores him. He learns that the chairs had been expropriated by the new government and sent to another place. However the con artist Ostap Bender (Frank Langella) convinces Vorobyaninov to be his partner. They travel to Moscow where Ostap succeeds in luring Father Fyodor, telling that the chairs belong to the Engineer Bruns (David Lander), who has very similar chairs and lives with his wife in Siberia. Will Vorobyaninov and Ostap find the twelve chairs?

"The Twelve Chairs" is a typical Mel Brooks' comedy with the usual type of humor with a satire to the Russian Revolution. This comedy is also the debut of Frank Langella in the cinema. Fans of Mel Brooks will certainly like it, but who is not his fan may not find this comedy entertaining. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Banzé na Rússia" ("Mess in Russia")


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