To Be or Not to Be

1983, Comedy/Lgbtq+, 1h 48m

20 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Frederick Bronski (Mel Brooks) and his adulterous wife, Anna (Anne Bancroft), are a pair of hammy actors running a low-rent theater in Warsaw, Poland. When the Nazis invade, the Bronskis find their theater becoming a makeshift refuge for local Jews and a gateway to the Polish underground. Using their limited acting skills, the members of the theater troupe attempt to deceive the Nazis and lead an escape. Meanwhile, a Polish pilot (Tim Matheson) thinks he has found a spy in England.

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  • Jan 08, 2015
    Pretty funny. Normally I'm not a big fan of movies with Mel Brooks in them, although I am a fan of his writing. I feel like his comedic acting is too obvious most of the time, like he doesn't think the audience understands subtlety. Here however, he does a surprisingly good job. As long as you can stand the really dark humor in this film, you'll find it's pretty funny. Story-wise, it's pretty good too.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2014
    A farcical comedy, To Be or Not to Be is a fun and outlandish spoof of World War II. Set amidst the backdrop of the Nazi occupation of Poland, a small theater company attempts to stop the Nazi High Command from getting a list of the Polish underground. Starring Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, George Wyner, and Christopher Lloyd, the film has a hysterical cast that does well with this type of broad comedy. Brooks is especially good; stealing nearly every scene he's in. However, the storytelling's not that great and jumps around a little too much; not allowing enough time to establish the characters. So while To Be or Not to Be delivers a lot of laughs, it's a bit messy.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2013
    Because of Brooks' involvement, the humor is of a decidedly wackier nature than the original and while that isn't bad (there are a lot of great moments) it does mean that the serious elements of the story feel more out of place here.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2013
    Very funny remake of a zany original. One of my favorite Mel Brooks films.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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