Dersu Uzala (1975)

G  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Drama  |  20 December 1977 (USA)
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The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter.


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A Russian army explorer who is rescued in Siberia by a rugged Asian hunter renews his friendship with the woodsman years later when he returns as the head of a larger expedition. The hunter finds that all of his nature lore is of no help when he accompanies the explorer back to civilization. Written by Keith Loh <>

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20 December 1977 (USA)  »

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Dersu Uzala  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 536,075 (Sweden)

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Mosfilm, clashed with Akira Kurosawa as his perfectionism did not fit the "deliver a certain amount of shot film per day" the company wanted. See more »


Near the end of the movie, when Dersu gives Vova his forked walking stick, he tells the boy that he's had that stick for "many, many years." In the first half of the film Dersu's walking stick had much longer forks. See more »


Dersu Uzala: Fire angry, forest burn for many days. Fire get angry, frightful. Water get angry, frightful. Wind get angry, frightful. Fire, water, wind. Three mighty men.
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Cinematic Masterpiece
14 July 2001 | by (sweden) – See all my reviews

One of the most beautiful films I have ever seen.

Simple, gentle gold hunter-guide Munzuk teaches Russian explorer Solomine the rules of survival in Siberia; they develop mutual respect and friendship.

The acting by Maksim Munzuk is wonderful and this is one of Kurosawas

greatest films.

You never forget this amazing film.


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