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Title:
To be or not to be
Author:
Johnson, Alan (Choreographer)
Uniform Title:
To be or not to be (Motion picture : 1983)
Edition:
Widescreen ed.
Publication Information:
Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2006]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Two actors, Frederick and Anna Bronski, get caught up in Germany's invasion of Poland, a leaking of top secret information and an incredible plot to thwart the Nazis.
General Note:
"Based on the film directed by Ernst Lubitsch, from the screenplay by Edwin Justis Mayer, and the story by Melchoir Lengyel."

Originally released as a motion picture in 1983.

Also issued as part of the boxed set, The Mel Brooks Collection.
Language:
English

French

Spanish
Contents:
Special features: Behind-the-scenes making-of featurette; Character profiles and interviews with Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft and Charles Durning.
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: PG.
UPC:
024543167310
Format :
DVD

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Mel Brooks and his real-life wife Anne Bancroft play Frederick and Anna Bronski, musical comedy stars in 1939 Poland. The highlight of the Bronskis' act is Frederick's imitation of Adolf Hitler, but he is forced to eliminate this turn for fear of offending the Nazis. Meanwhile, Anna enters into a harmless flirtation with Polish bomber pilot Andre Sobinski (Tim Matheson). The pilot's nightly signal to visit Anna in her dressing room is "To Be or Not to Be," spoken by Bronski during the Shakespearean portion of his act. When the Germans march into Warsaw, the Bronskis and the rest of their troupe are forced into hiding (notably the homosexual Lupinski, played by Lewis J. Stadlen, who is forced to endure the humiliation of wearing a pink star). Flying for the Polish resistance in England, Sobinski asks kindly Professor Seletzky (Jose Ferrer) to deliver his "To Be or Not to Be" message to Anna. When Seletzky doesn't seem to recognize the name of Anne Bronski, Warsaw's biggest star, Sobinski suspects that something is amiss. Sure enough, Seletzky is a Nazi spy, heading to Warsaw to help Col. "Concentration Camp" Ehrhardt (Oscar-nominated Charles Durning) destroy the underground movement. Parachuting into Poland, Sobinski enlists the aid of the Bronski troupe to foil the Nazis. What follows is an uproarious series of disguises and deceptions, capped by Bronski's impersonation of Der Fuhrer. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi