PG | | Comedy
At the onset of WW2, a Polish actor's family and the Polish Resistance help the troupe of a theatre escape Poland and the invading Nazis.
During World War II, Mel Brooks served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army in France, where part of his duties included defusing land-mines before the infantry moved into the area. Brooks fought in the Battle of the Bulge in late 1944. Charles Durning, who plays the Nazi S.S. commander, Colonel Erhardt, was also a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, and was present at the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Buchenwald.
Oh, but that's enough talk about me. Let's talk about you. How'd you like me in the first act?
When the Polish squadron of the RAF finishes singing; Jose Ferrer takes off his glasses. His glasses have flexible temples (ear pieces), that wrap around the ear. About one minute later he puts on glasses that no longer have the flexible temples; but instead have fixed type (the type that is common since the war ended) that just have a slight bend in them.
In the credits at the end, Anne Bancroft's name first appears in parenthesis, until Mel Brooks "waves" them off. This is a reference to a poster in the movie that has Anna Bronski's name in parenthesis.
$1,020,958 (USA) (18 December 1983)
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