The Twelve Chairs

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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.

Cast

Ron Moody
as Ippolit Vorobyaninov
Frank Langella
as Ostap Bender
Dom DeLuise
as Father Fyodor
Bridget Brice
as Young Woman
David Lander
as Engineer Bruns
Andreas Voutsinas
as Nikolai Sestrin
Vlada Petric
as Sevitsky
Diana Coupland
as Mme. Bruns
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

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Audience Reviews for The Twelve Chairs

  • 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 ).
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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