To Be or Not To Be (1983) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of To Be or Not To Be (1983)

Frederick and Anne Bronski are famous actors in a variety show in Poland around the beginning of WW2. They get pulled into a pickle by Lt. Sobinski(whom Anna had a short lived liaison with) where they must stop a list of names of people in the Polish underground from getting into german hands. It sounds serious but it is accually a very funny Mel Brooks movie. Anne Bancroft(Brooks' real life wife) does a wonderful job also.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Samantha

A remake of the 1942 Jack Benny classic, "To Be or Not
To Be" this time is directed, produced, and acted by Mel Brooks. Changes from the original include making the actors Jewish and adding some zany musical numbers. Still it preserves the laugh-a-minute status (only in color this time)and its scathing attack on the Nazi insenibilities.
Fun, yet sentimental. Good show, Mr. Brooks!
The review of this Movie prepared by Bill Hobbs

Script Analysis of To Be or Not To Be (1983)

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Comedy or Parody about    -   spies

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   actor Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Jewish


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Eastern Europe City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   theater

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Any profanity?    -   None    -   Occasional swearing If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing and dancing

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