To Be or Not to Be
To Be or Not to Be (1983)

In late 1930s Poland, a troupe of musical comedy actors are forced into hiding and soon find themselves involved in a farcical plot to foil a group of Nazis. Real-life spouses Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft star in this remake of the 1940s… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 25, 2005
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63%
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77%


Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

Bancroft's sustained delights are not matched by Brooks, who seems to be trying too hard.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Ssmashingly funny.

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Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com

A very well-executed farce, and Brooks' most underrated movie.

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Time Out

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Superfluous remake of the Lubitsch classic is OK on its own merits, but no more.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Brooks combines a backstage musical with a wartime romance and comes up with an eclectic comedy that races off into several directions, usually successfully.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Kind of a dud.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Very funny remake of a zany original. One of my favorite Mel Brooks films.
jay nixon
Lighthearted remake of the classic Benny/Lombard film. Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft seem to be having lots of fun while handling the serious moments well. The… More
Phil Hubbs
Excellent and long forgotten spoof from funny man Brooks, his version of a classic satire. Some excellent casting with his regular bunch of misfits and… More
Cindy I
Not even CLOSE to as good as the Jack Benny/ Carol Lombard original.
Apeneck Fletcher
The Nazis march into Poland and that spells big trouble for the greatest musical comedy star there (and his wife) --- the premise itself is a joke in this… More
Dann Michalski
A farcical comedy, To Be or Not to Be is a fun and outlandish spoof of World War II. Set amidst the backdrop of the Nazi occupation of Poland, a small theater… More