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The Twelve Chairs

1970, Comedy, 1h 34m

14 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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In the wake of the Bolshevik Revolution, erstwhile count Ippolit Vorobyaninov (Ron Moody) has been reduced to being a simple clerk. But, before his mother-in-law dies, she reveals to him and local priest Father Fyodor (Dom DeLuise) that the family jewels, thought lost, are hidden in one of 12 English chairs that once adorned their mansion in Moscow. Partnering with small-time hood Ostap Bender (Frank Langella), Ippolit races to find the loot before Father Fyodor, who wants it for himself.

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  • Dec 14, 2013
    This is really the "odd man out" in Brooks' filmography, but that's not a bad thing, in fact I'd say its one of his best films. Its an effective meld of farcical humor with a story that has actual substance. The performances of Moody, Langella, DeLuise, and Brooks are all top notch.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2013
    Although this is a much different film than Brooks' other films, having been based on an old Russian novel instead of being a spoof of another film, it is just as fun. It's very funny, the characters are wacky, and there are some good actors too. A good movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2012
    I'm a big Mel Brooks fan and have loved all his movies but this one. I understand why the critics loved it but for audience it was missing the entertainment value, there was nothing there really to keep you intuned.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2011
    An art house late night weekend favorite back in the day (like Rocky Horror), a dying woman tells of a hidden treasure --- setting off a crazy cross-country race for the loot played for yucks. Sound familiar? Like Its A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (made 7 years prior)? Well it IS different. This chase is through post revolutionary Russia! Expect jokes about how well communism was not working, comrade. An early effort by Brooks that has some smiles in it. Hope for the best ... ( expect the worst ).
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