The Twelve Chairs (1970)




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Movie Info

In this farce, a civil servant discovers that he is heir to a vast fortune, which is hidden in one of a set of twelve chairs. Unfortunately, the chairs have been scattered to locations unknown, and the man must compete with a greedy priest in his quest for the riches.
Classics , Comedy
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Mel Brooks
as Tikon
Ron Moody
as Ippolit Vorobyaninov
Frank Langella
as Ostap Bender
Dom DeLuise
as Father Fyodor
Bridget Brice
as Young Woman
Robert Bernal
as Curator
David Lander
as Engineer Bruns
Andreas Voutsinas
as Nikolai Sestrin
Vlada Petric
as Sevitsky
Diana Coupland
as Mme. Bruns
Peter Banicevic
as Sergeant
Nicholas Smith
as Actor in Play
Elaine Garreau
as Claudia Ivanova
Will Stampe
as Watchman
Aca Stojkovic
as Capt. Scriabin
Rada Djuricin
as Actress in Play
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Critic Reviews for The Twelve Chairs

All Critics (13)

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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | October 21, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The premise was so good that I expected the frantic pic to be funnier and not so overwrought.

Full Review… | May 2, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Probably the closest Brooks ever came to making a 'normal' film.

Full Review… | July 26, 2006
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Twelve Chairs


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 Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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 ).

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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