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Battleship Potemkin (1925)
"Bronenosets Potemkin" (original title)

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A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre.


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Credited cast:
Aleksandr Antonov ...
Vladimir Barsky ...
Ivan Bobrov ...
Mikhail Gomorov ...
Aleksandr Levshin ...
Petty Officer
N. Poltavtseva ...
Konstantin Feldman ...
Student Agitator
Prokopenko ...
Mother Carrying Wounded Boy
A. Glauberman ...
Wounded Boy
Beatrice Vitoldi ...
Woman With Baby Carriage
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniil Antonovich ...
Brodsky ...
Julia Eisenstein ...
Woman with Food for Sailors
Odessa Citizen


Based on the historical events the movie tells the story of a riot at the battleship Potemkin. What started as a protest strike when the crew was given rotten meat for dinner ended in a riot. The sailors raised the red flag and tried to ignite the revolution in their home port Odessa. Written by Konstantin Dlutskii <>

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24 December 1925 (Soviet Union)  »

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Battleship Potemkin  »

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$2,283 (USA) (21 January 2011)


$50,970 (USA) (13 January 2012)

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Was chosen by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "100 New Classics ranking as #74 in the June 20, 2008 issue. The issue ranked the greatest movies of the previous 25 years. See more »


In the firing squad scene, just before the mutiny, the ship's priest taps a crucifix upon his right hand, holding it in his left. As the shot cuts to a close-up of the cross, it instantly switches hands. See more »


Referenced in Montage of Expression (2008) See more »

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still great after all these years
26 September 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Sergei Eisenstein's most famous movie has truly withstood the test of time. The story of a mutiny aboard a warship in 1905 does have the feeling of Soviet propaganda, but does a good job showing the conditions that led to the revolt. The scene on the Odessa steps should remain seared into anyone's mind.

Okay, so "The Battleship Potemkin" wasn't actually the first movie to use montage, but they did a great job with it here. Certainly any film history class should show this movie. It's a great historical drama (although I will admit that I don't know how accurate it is). A 10/10.

Oh, and we should have learned by now that "Potemkin" should be transliterated as "Potyomkin".

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