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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>

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The man who made 'Blazing Saddles' and 'Young Frankenstein' brings you his funniest comedy ever... See more »

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Comedy

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ostap Bender proved such a popular character that although Vorobyaninov slits his throat with a razor and apparently kills him at the end of the original TWELVE CHAIRS novel (an ending NOT used in the film), authors Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov brought him back for more comedic adventures in the sequel THE GOLDEN CALF (1931). See more »

Goofs

The title of the movie is displayed in Russian (Cyrillic) before it transitions to English. If you look closely however, the Russian spelling for the movie's title is incorrect. The title is misspelled as the Cyrillic equivalent of "Dvenadtsat Stchlev" instead of the proper spelling, "Dvenadtsat Stulev". See more »

Quotes

Ippolit Vorobyaninov: [screaming at his dying mother-in-law for hiding her jewels in a chair] Fifty thousand roubles worth of jewelry stuffed in a chair? Heaven knows who may sit on that chair... *if* it's still a chair!
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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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Version of Treze Cadeiras (1957) 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 Steve-614See 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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