The Twelve Chairs (1970)
as Ippolit Vorobyaninov
as Ostap Bender
as Father Fyodor
as Young Woman
as Engineer Bruns
as Nikolai Sestrin
as Mme. Bruns
as Actor in Play
as Claudia Ivanova
as Capt. Scriabin
as Actress in Play
Critic Reviews for The Twelve Chairs
It's not going for the laughs alone. It has something to say about honor among thieves, and by the end of the film we can sense a bond between the two main characters that is even, amazingly, human.
The premise was so good that I expected the frantic pic to be funnier and not so overwrought.
Probably the closest Brooks ever came to making a 'normal' film.
A hit or miss spoof of Communism saved by zany performances by Brooks and DeLuise.
Hope for the best, expect the worst - and get something in between. Middling Brooks, with flashes of brilliance.
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.
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.
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 ).