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Sadko (1953)

 -  Adventure | Fantasy  -  1962 (USA)
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Arriving home to find his native land under the yoke of corrupt merchants, an adventurer named Sadko sets sail in search of a mythical bird of happiness.


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Complete credited cast:
Sergei Stolyarov ...
Alla Larionova ...
Ninel Myshkova ...
Princess of Lake Ilmen (as Y. Myshkova)
B. Surovtsev ...
Mikhail Troyanovsky ...
Nadir Malishevsky ...
Vyashta the Giant (as N. Malishevsky)
Nikolay Kryuchkov ...
Ivan Pereverzev ...
Yuri Leonidov ...
Lev Fenin ...
Varangian Leader (as L. Fenin)
Mikhail Astangov ...
Maharaja (as M. Astangov)
Lidiya Vertinskaya ...
The Phoenix (as L. Vertinskaya)
Stepan Kayukov ...
Olga Vikland ...
Neptuna (as O. Vikland)
Sergei Martinson ...
The Monk


An oddly Russian Sinbad seeks to bring happiness to his people - first by trying to give money and goods to the poor, then by seeking out the Blue Bird of Happiness. Written by Jonah Falcon <>

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Release Date:

1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Magic Voyage of Sinbad  »

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Did You Know?


Spoofed as "The Magic Voyage of Sinbad" in Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988) episode #505, first aired August 14, 1993. See more »


When Sinbad sings, his singing voice is quite a bit different from his speaking voice. (U.S. dubbed version titled "The Magic Voyage of Sinbad") See more »

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(U.S. version) A Moss-Film Production (It was produced by Russia's Mosfilm studios) See more »


Featured in Atlantis: In Search of a Lost Continent (1997) See more »

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Sadko revives ingenuity and freshness to a decadent art
12 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Charming and naive, Alexandr Ptushko's version of Sadko maintains the ingenuity of the fairy tale through the golden touch of imaginative coloring and splendid characters ingrained in the Russian folklore, which at the same time are part of the universal lore. Add to this Rimmsky-Korsakov's magical music, and lo and behold, a dearest masterpiece to feast eyes and endear hearts. Ptushko used to work under stressing circumstances, political as well as cultural, within a government-controlled industry, where ideology ruled over imagination. However, the artist surpassed the militant many times. Sadko concedes to the nationalistic trend in tyrannies proclaiming, in this case, the 'proud of been a Russian", heard as an echo of fascistic hypes on 'selected people or race"; but it is done with such an obvious declarative tone that the imposition of dialogs and lines comes clear to the viewer. Hail to a filmmaker who conceived films as a domain for the illusive and the innocence.

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