A bad Polish actor becomes entangled in a secret mission
shortly after the Nazis invade Poland during World War II.
To Be or Not to Be (1983)
Directed by Alan Johnson
Written by Thomas Meehan and Ronny Graham
Starring Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Christopher Lloyd,
Jose Ferrer, Tim Matheson, Charles Durning
Remake of 1942's To Be or Not to Be
Oscar Nominations - Best Supporting Actor (Charles Durning)
While not one of Mel Brook's best films, this was still an entreating and funny addition to his filmography. Brooks, instead of directing, stars in this and is absolutely hilarious throughout. He proves once again why he is such a great comedian. Another standout is Charles Durning as a Gestapo officer, who becomes more crazy as the plot unfolds.
The final standout is Christopher Lloyd as a Nazi officer, bringing his well timed comedic touches to the film. The plot works pretty well for a comedy and features a steady stream of good jokes. This is another good Mel Brooks film and fans of his definitely won't be disappointed.