To Be or Not to Be
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bancroft's sustained delights are not matched by Brooks, who seems to be trying too hard."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Ssmashingly funny."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A very well-executed farce, and Brooks' most underrated movie."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"This movie has its moments; but it is not as funny as the Jack Benny original; Brooks for all his wit, is no Ernst Lubitsch."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Johnson may not quite have Lubitsch's lightness of touch, but he puts an excellent cast through their paces with great verve, and the charm is as potent as ever."
‑ , Time Out
"I can't remember another film that took so little care with the details of ambience: the cruddy sets and flat, underworked sound track drain any sense of life from the project."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Superfluous remake of the Lubitsch classic is OK on its own merits, but no more."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Brooks and his comedic cohorts bring their brand of high-strung mockery to Alan Johnson's flavorable farce...relentlessly riotous!"
‑ Frank Ochieng,
"Brooks combines a backstage musical with a wartime romance and comes up with an eclectic comedy that races off into several directions, usually successfully."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The plot is much the same as in the Ernst Lubitsch original, with everything played for laughs and Brooks at his funniest in impersonations of Nazis. What's missing is the relevance of the 1942 film, released while Germany occupied Poland."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Kind of a dud."
‑ Christopher Null,
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