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Twelve Chairs
Twelve Chairs
Actors: Ron Moody, Frank Langella, Dom DeLuise, Andréas Voutsinas, Diana Coupland
Director: Mel Brooks
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
G     2006     1hr 34min

Set in 1920's Russia, this much-loved, hilarious Mel Brooks comedy classic is the tale of a former aristocrat (Ron Moody) who is now a Russian clerk under the new Soviet regime. When he learns that his dying mother-in-law ...  more »


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Actors: Ron Moody, Frank Langella, Dom DeLuise, Andréas Voutsinas, Diana Coupland
Director: Mel Brooks
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Mel Brooks, Mel Brooks
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/05/2006
Original Release Date: 10/28/1970
Theatrical Release Date: 10/28/1970
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 13
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English, Russian
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Reviewed on 7/1/2011...
there was like 2 seconds of mel brooks.
like two funny parts.
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Movie Reviews

Change of Pace
Larry Thompson | 05/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you think Mel Brooks is only good for broad, obvious humor (Robin Hood- Men in Tights, or History of the World) or sharp parody, (Young Frankenstein) then you owe yourself a look at this movie. Made after The Producers, this is Brooks's first attempt at combining serious and comic elements. The film is NOT a laugh fest, nor is it meant to be. Brooks deals with character over comedy in the two main characters, creating an interesting (and often touching) relationship between the two, leading to a final shot in the film that is emotionally pure and effective. Dom Deluise provides wonderful comic relief as the priest who is also after the chairs, and Brooks himself makes a short cameo as the former servant to Ron Moody. Carl Reiner has said that to him, the funniest man on the planet is Mel Brooks. That's pretty high praise, but after seeing this movie, my bet is you'll come away with a deeper appreciation for Brooks's talent, and you might just wonder why he didn't make a few more films like this one."
Oh're so strict!
Archmaker | California | 03/31/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"You have to see this overlooked Mel Brooks comedy for one reason: Dom DeLuise's performance as the priest gone totally crazed with avarice. He is simply hysterical. I think the scene where he has gone to Siberia and finally hounded the chairs from the couple, only to come up empty, and begins his inept suicidal impulses is priceless.

There are other great moments in the film, a cameo by Brooks as the drunken Tikon, and nice performances from Ron Moody & Frank Langella.

The film is a dark comedy, not as light and fun as Blazing Saddles et al, and there is more exposition than usual, which tends to make the film's pace slower.

However, the real problem with the film, which prevents it from being a classic, is that there is a cruel streak in the relationship between Langella & Moody that can be uncomfortable at times.

Nonetheless, there are some great bits in this that make it well worth a look. I would rate it 3-1/2 stars if it were possible, but 4 will have to do. Dom makes it all worthwhile."
Overlooked Gem
Archmaker | 03/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This obscure Mel Brooks work is my favorite movie of all times. It is the least known of his films, but rates as high as "The Producers" and "To Be Or Not To Be". Like those two other movies, "Twelve Chairs" has a more complex storyline and a slower pace than his better known films.
The beauty of this film is in the details. The names of streets and government offices are an example. The locations are fantastic.
Don't look for the fast pace of "Silent Movie" or the crazy, cheap jokes of "History of The World". In fact, don't think of this as a "Mel Brooks movie" at all. But do make a point to watch it. And keep and eye on the little details!"