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Encyclopedia > To Be or Not to Be (1983 film)

To Be or Not to Be is a 1983 comedy film directed by Alan Johnson, written by Ronny Graham and Thomas Meehan, and starring Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft. It is a remake of the 1942 film of the same name (see: To Be or Not to Be (1942 film)). // Events February 11 - The Rolling Stones concert film Lets Spend the Night Together opens in New York Top grossing films North America Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Tootsie Trading Places, starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy WarGames, starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy Superman III Flashdance... Airplane! is considered by some critics to be one of the funniest movies of all time. ... The Right Honourable Alan Arthur Johnson (born 17 May 1950, London) is a politician in the United Kingdom. ... Meehan, Thomas (March 21, 1826 - November 19, 1901), American Nurseryman and botanist. ... Mel Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is a Jewish-American actor, writer director, and theatrical producer best known as a creator of broad film farces and comedic parodies. ... Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate Anne Bancroft (September 17, 1931 – June 6, 2005) was an iconic American actress, born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano in The Bronx, New York to Michael and Mildred Italiano, both children of Italian immigrants. ...

This remake was one of the first major American films to acknowledge that gay people were victims of Third Reich, along with Jews, Gypsies and political dissidents. This version was extremely faithful to the 1942 version, and in many cases dialog was taken verbatim from the earlier film. Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ... The Roma people (singular Rom; sometimes Rroma, Rrom), often referred to as Gypsies, are an ethnic group who live primarily in Southern and Eastern Europe Europe, Western Asia and the Middle East. ... This article is about the year. ...


  • A gag starts off the Mel Brooks version with Brooks and Anne Bancroft perform the song "Sweet Georgia Brown" in a Polish version, and after the performance have a quarrel backstage (still in Polish) until an announcer calls out: "Ladies and gentlemen, for the interest of clarity and sanity the rest of this movie will not be in Polish."
  • Whenever the beleaguered German commanding officer, Colonel Erhardt, falls for the numerous tricks played on him, he roars for his assistant, "Schulz!" For his humorous performance of Erhardt, Charles Durning was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award.

Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate Anne Bancroft (September 17, 1931 – June 6, 2005) was an iconic American actress, born Anna Maria Louisa Italiano in The Bronx, New York to Michael and Mildred Italiano, both children of Italian immigrants. ... Sweet Georgia Brown is the theme of the Harlem Globetrotters. ... Charles Durning (born February 28, 1923 in Highland Falls, New York) is an American actor of stage and screen, born to an impoverished family of Irish Catholic extraction, which he left as soon as possible to ease the financial pressure on his mother. ... Academy Awards The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent film awards in the United States. ...

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