The Twelve Chairs

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Overview

One of several film versions of the 1928 Russian novel The Twelve Chairs one of the better-known adaptations was the 1945 Fred Allen vehicle It's in the Bag, Mel Brooks' movie is set in the years following the Bolshevik revolution. Onetime aristocrat Vorobyaninov Ron Moody, now reduced to a humdrum clerical job, discovers that his family's fortune still exists. To keep their riches from falling into the hands of the revolutionaries, Vorobyaninov's family hid the loot in one of twelve chairs. Taking a crafty ...
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Overview

One of several film versions of the 1928 Russian novel The Twelve Chairs one of the better-known adaptations was the 1945 Fred Allen vehicle It's in the Bag, Mel Brooks' movie is set in the years following the Bolshevik revolution. Onetime aristocrat Vorobyaninov Ron Moody, now reduced to a humdrum clerical job, discovers that his family's fortune still exists. To keep their riches from falling into the hands of the revolutionaries, Vorobyaninov's family hid the loot in one of twelve chairs. Taking a crafty beggar Frank Langella into his confidence, Vorobyaninov returns to the ruins of his ancestral mansion to reclaim his fortune. Also chasing after the twelve chairs is an Orthodox priest Dom DeLuise, who tells himself that he only wants the money to replenish his church. Alas, the chairs have been scattered to the four winds, sparking a film-length race to retrieve the furniture and claim the gold.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The very amusing The Twelve Chairs is probably Mel Brooks' least demented comedy. Fans looking for the same off-the-wall sensibility that pervades Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein might be a little disappointed, although there certainly are moments that should please them (such as when Dom DeLuise opens his window after pulling into a Siberian train station to confront a mountain of snow or the chase sequence that leaves him stranded atop a mountain with no way down). But on the whole, Chairs is in a more standard-comedy mode, and those who approach it with this in mind should find plenty to keep them entertained. As director, Brooks is in as measured a mood as Brooks the writer, and that (relatively) relaxed feeling gives Chairs some surprisingly leisurely moments. Rather than letting the energy sag, this gives the viewer some time to concentrate more on the characters than the jokes. Unfortunately, this is one of Chairs' weaknesses; the characters are not poorly drawn, but they could use a tad more depth to really engage the viewer. Fortunately, Brooks has rounded up an appealing cast that more than makes up for this little deficiency. If Frank Langella lacks the comic energy that one associates with Brooks, he still has the commanding presence required by the part. Ron Moody is in fine form as the former owner of the title chairs, making the most of his predicament when told to sit by Langella and pulling off the difficult ending with great skill. And DeLuise, given the showiest part, takes full advantage of that fact. If Chairs does not reach lunatic heights, it still is disarming and enjoyable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/5/2006
  • UPC: 024543167372
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,373

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron Moody Vorobyaninov
Frank Langella Ostap Bender
Mel Brooks Tikon
Dom DeLuise Father Fyodor
Andréas Voutsinas Nikolai Sestrin
Vlada Petric Savitsky
David Lander Engineer Bruns
Diana Coupland Mme. Bruns
Elaine Garreau Claudia Ivanova
Will Stampe Watchman
Peter Banicevic Sergeant
Robert Bernal Curator
Bridget Brice Young Woman
Mavid Popovic Makko
Nicholas Smith First Actor
Aca Stojkovic Capt. Scriabin
Branka Veselinovc Natasha
Paul Wheeler Kolya
Technical Credits
Mel Brooks Director, Screenwriter
Bato Cengic Asst. Director
Sidney Glazier Producer
Alan Heim Editor
Michael Hertzberg Producer
John Morris Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Sutton Sound/Sound Designer
Jonathan Tunick Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Twelve Chairs
1. Deathbed Secret [6:14]
2. Main Titles/Hope for the Best [:14]
3. Miracle Man [2:35]
4. The Revolution [2:55]
5. Better Times [3:06]
6. A Personal Matter [1:45]
7. Plan of Attack [2:25]
8. Finders Keepers [1:04]
9. Bureau of Chairs [3:57]
10. Museum Display [3:59]
11. The One That Got Away [1:09]
12. In Siberia [5:23]
13. Acting Noble [4:13]
14. Expect the Worst [:48]
15. Negotiations [2:11]
16. Beach Picnic [4:22]
17. The Luxury of Pride [2:40]
18. Frustation [3:34]
19. High Wire Act [2:09]
20. Answered Prayer [5:17]
21. 3,000 Miles [2:11]
22. Grand Opening [1:21]
23. The Twelfth Chair [2:50]
24. Give/End Titles [4:12]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Twelve Chairs
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Language Selection
      Languages
         English Stereo
         English Mono
         Spanish Mono
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         None
   Mel Brooks Theater
      High Anxiety
      History of the World Part 1
      Robin Hood: Men in Tights
      Silent Movie
      To Be or Not to Be
      Young Frankenstein
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 17, 2013

    I saw this movie when it first came out and haven't forgotten it

    I saw this movie when it first came out and haven't forgotten it! It is supposedly Frank Langella,s first big screen role and he is gorgeous! I also love the theme song "Hope For The Best, Expect The Worst". Applicable today.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    bzierden

    I remember seeing this movie in a theatre when I was very young. It has alwatys been our family's favorite movie. We still talk about it to this day. We also have a family joke when one eats their dinner so fast, my dad would say "You're eating like the guy in the movie of 12 chairs!!!! Truly a very very funny movie!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of the best Mel Brooks films

    We love this film. It has a tight, wonderfully crafted script that reads like a timeless short story. It has great comic acting and is full of very penetrating observations about history, human passions, and life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good!

    Twelve Chairs is not Mel Brooks funniest movies but it is still very good and has a great cast but especially Frank Langella (Dracula), Ron Moody (Oliver) and Dom Deluise (Numerous other Mel Brooks' movies) and of course Mel Brooks himself who makes a brief appearance as an indentured servent. The story is about three men and their search for twelve chairs one of which has very valuble expensive jewels hidden in it and the race to find the chairs is very funny and I enjoyed watching all of the antics and I aso couldn't keep my eyes of the gorgeous Frank Langella

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