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The Twelve Chairs ()


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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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Vorobyaninov
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Ostap Bender
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Father Fyodor
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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
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Young Woman
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Rada Djuricin ...
Actress in Play
Branka Veselinovic ...
Natasha
Mladen 'Mladja' Veselinovic ...
Peasant (as Mladja Veselinovic)
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Tikon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Petar Banicevic ...
Sergeant (uncredited)
Dejan Cavic ...
Orator (uncredited)
Ljubomir Cipranic ...
Extra (uncredited)
Radmilo Curcic ...
Fat Man (uncredited)
Rasa Djukin ...
Extra (uncredited)
Bogdan Jakus ...
Extra (uncredited)
Vojislav Micovic ...
Confused Man (uncredited)
Radomir Popovic ...
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Milivoje Popovic-Mavid ...
Makko (uncredited)
Aleksandar Stojkovic ...
Capt. Scriabin (uncredited)
Paul Wheeler ...
Kolya (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mel Brooks

Written by

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Ilya Ilf ... (novel "Dvenadtsat stulyev") (as Ilf) and
Yevgeni Petrov ... (novel "Dvenadtsat stulyev") (as Petrov)
 
Elizabeth Hill ... (novel translation "Diamonds to Sit On") and
Doris Mudie ... (novel translation "Diamonds to Sit On")
 
Mel Brooks ... (screenplay)

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Sidney Glazier ... executive producer
Michael Hertzberg ... producer

Music by

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John Morris

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Djordje Nikolic ... (as Dorde Nikolic)

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Alan Heim

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Richard S. Goldberg ... assistant editor
Walter Rappeport ... assistant editor

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Mile Nickolic ... (as Mile Nikolic)

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Ruth Myers ... (as Ruth Meyers)

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George Partleton ... makeup artist

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William A. Berns ... executive in charge of production (as William Berns)
Fred T. Gallo ... production supervisor (as Fred Gallo)
Velimir Jakovljevic ... unit manager (as Velja Jakovljevic)
Ante Milic ... production manager
Momcilo Pesic ... unit manager (as Moma Pesic)

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Peter Anderson ... second assistant director
Bahrudin 'Bato' Cengic ... assistant director (as Bato Cengic)
Mihajlo Cirin ... second assistant director
Radoje Vilotijevic ... second assistant director (as Radivoge Vilotijevic)

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Milan Cekic ... property master

Sound Department

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Thomas Halpin ... sound editor
Sanford Rackow ... sound editor
Ken Reynolds ... boom operator
Peter Sutton ... production sound mixer
Dick Vorisek ... re-recording mixer (as Richard Vorisek)

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Ivan Pajdacki ... key grip (as Ivan Pajdak)
Dragan Prvanovic ... gaffer
Eric Van Haren Noman ... camera operator: second unit (as Eric Van Haaren Noman)

Music Department

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John Morris ... conductor / orchestrator
Jonathan Tunick ... orchestrator

Other crew

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Arthur Eckstein ... title designer
Ann Edwards ... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A wild and hilarious chase for a fortune in jewels. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The 12 Chairs (United States)
  • Le mystère des douze chaises (France)
  • Die zwölf Stühle (Germany)
  • El misterio de las doce sillas (Spain)
  • Το μυστήριο με τις 12 καρέκλες (Greece)
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  • 94 min
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Trivia Anne Bancroft encouraged Mel Brooks to write the music as well as the lyrics for "Hope for the best, expect the worst" and subsequently at least one song for all of his movies. She was 'like an angel on his shoulder' when it came to songwriting. See more »
Goofs In the bureau of housing Ostap Bender, disguised as a soviet official, is writing with his left hand. However in the Soviet union, especially in the time the movie is set, left hand writing was not tolerated by the state and would be hardly accepted in public, as Bender is writing not only hidden behind the shelfs but was also about to write in front of Father Fyodor. Left hand writing was accepted in USSR only in 1985-1986. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Take 2: Who's Funnier: Mel Brooks or Woody Allen? (1980). See more »
Soundtracks Hope for the Best, Expect the Worst See more »
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 »
Quotes Ostap Bender: [after yet another failure] Remember the famous Russian proverb: "The hungrier you get, the tastier the meal." On the other hand, the French have a proverb: merde!
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