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.
The novelty rap song "To Be or Not to Be (The Hitler Rap)" is not actually heard in the movie, but it does feature on this movie's soundtrack. The song was a music video tie-in for the movie, and was also release as a 45 rpm single on vinyl. The ... ...
Heil Hit... Hit... Hit...
Anna Bronski: Hitler.
Colonel Erhardt: Hitler.
Frederick Bronski: Heil.
Anna Bronski: I tried to tell him somebody big was coming.
Colonel Erhardt: Big! But...
Frederick Bronski: Come schatze, ve're late.
Frederick Bronski: Vat's your name?
Colonel Erhardt: Colonel Er... Er... Er...
Anna Bronski: Erhardt.
Colonel Erhardt: Thank you.
Frederick Bronski: Erhardt? Erhardt? Aren't you the one who makes that ...
Kinski displays a pink triangle on his lapels when going out, explaining this to be mandatory for gay men. Even though Jews were forced to wear the infamous yellow badge in public in occupied Poland after November 1939, gays were not subject to this practice of public discrimination. Pink badges were used exclusively inside concentration camps.
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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