To Be or Not to Be (1983 film)

To Be or Not to Be is a 1983 comedy-drama film directed by Alan Johnson, produced by Mel Brooks with Howard Jeffrey as executive producer and Irene Walzer as associate producer. The screenplay was written by Ronny Graham and Thomas Meehan, based on the original story by Melchior Lengyel, Ernst Lubitsch and Edwin Justus Mayer. It is a remake of the 1942 film of the same title.

The film starred Mel Brooks alongside his wife Anne Bancroft; Tim Matheson, Charles Durning, Christopher Lloyd, and José Ferrer also had starring roles.

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  • Ladies and gentlemen: In the interest of clarity and sanity, the rest of this movie will not be Polish.

Anna BronskiEdit

  • Oh, but that's enough talk about me. Let's talk about you. How'd you like me in the first act?
  • [about Frederick] He's world famous in Poland.

Colonel EarhardtEdit

  • [Of Frederick's performance] What did he do to Hamlet we are now doing to Poland.
  • Vat do you mean you haven't got proof? Dat is no excuse! Arrezt zem! Vat? Vere? Vy? VEN? From now on, ven in doubt, arrezt zem! Arrezt zem! Arrezt zem! Arrezt zem! Zen shoot zem and interrogate zem! Oh, you are right, just shoot zem!

Frederick BronskiEdit

  • If it wasn't for Jews, fags, and gypsies, there would be no theater.
  • [to Anna] Listen, sweetheart, if I don't come back, I forgive you for whatever happened between you and Lt. Sobinsky... but I do come back, you're in a lot of trouble!


Anna: All these flowers on a Lieutenant's pay, you shouldn't have.
Andre: That's OK. My father is a florist.

[Frederick, Andre, and Dobish are disguised as Hitler and two Nazi officers]
Andre: Heil Hitler!
Dobish: Heil Hitler!
Frederick: Heil myself!

Andre: I loved that picture of you on the farm. You behind the plow. By the way, where was that?
Anna: In the "Chronicle".
Andre: No, I mean where's the farm?
Anna: Oh, the farm. The farm. Well, that's out of town somewhere... You know, that's where they keep them.

Colonel Erhardt: Mrs. Bronski, Mrs. Bronski, Mrs. Bronski.
Anna: We're all here.

Sasha: Are you all right?
Anna: I'm fine.
Sasha: Then why are you on the floor?
Anna: The floor? I'm on the floor? I'm on the FLOOR. Well get me up.

Nazi officer: You are sitting in Col. Erhardt's chair.
Anna: Oh, how silly of me. Ten minutes ago it was my chair.

Anna: What's that on your coat?
Sasha: Oh, it's the newest fashion in occupied Warsaw. Jews wear yellow stars, homosexuals wear pink triangles.
Anna: Sasha! How awful for you!
Sasha: [quietly] I hate it. [smiles] It clashes with everything.
Anna: Now listen, they're rounding up Jews. Are they rounding up...?
Sasha: No, no, so far, so good. Now, don't wait up for me. I've got a hot date with another triangle.

Frederick: Just don't keep me hanging much longer, I stink without a script!
Lupinsky: [under his breath] He stinks with a script.
Frederick Bronski: I heard that!

Colonel Erhardt: [referring to Capt. Schultz] I've always suspected zumzing wrong vit a man who does not drink or shmoke...
Frederick: You mean like our FUHRER?
Colonel Erhardt: Yes... NO!


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