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Sadko -- Producer Roger Corman recruited Francis Ford Coppola to redub and recut a Russian film into THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD, a feast of special effects and lavish settings bound to please every fantasy enthusiast.

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Release Date:
1962 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
All the Magic of "Stone Flower". All the Power of "Alexander Nevsky". All the Artistry of "Grand Concert" See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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The Mosfilm restoration See more (27 total) »

Cast

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Sergei Stolyarov ... Sadko
Alla Larionova ... Lyubava
Ninel Myshkova ... Princess of Lake Ilmen (as Y. Myshkova)
B. Surovtsev ... Ivashka the boy
Mikhail Troyanovsky ... Trifon
Nadir Malishevsky ... Vyashta the Giant (as N. Malishevsky)
Nikolay Kryuchkov ... Omelyan Danilovich
Ivan Pereverzev ... Timofey Larionovich
Yuri Leonidov ... Kuzma Larionovich
Lev Fenin ... Varangian Leader (as L. Fenin)
Mikhail Astangov ... Maharaja (as M. Astangov)
Lidiya Vertinskaya ... The Phoenix (as L. Vertinskaya)
Stepan Kayukov ... Neptune
Olga Vikland ... Neptuna (as O. Vikland)
Sergei Martinson ... The Monk

Directed by
Aleksandr Ptushko 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Konstantin Isaev  writer
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  libretto

Non-Original Music by
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (from opera "Sadko")
 
Cinematography by
Fyodor Provorov 
 
Production Design by
Evgeniy Svidetelev  (as E. Svidetelev)
 
Art Direction by
Yevgeni Kumankov 
 
Costume Design by
Olga Kruchinina  (as O. Kruchinina)
 
Makeup Department
Jose Malar .... makeup artist
 
Sound Department
Viktor Zorin .... sound recordist (as V. Zorin)
 
Special Effects by
Sergei Mukhin .... special effects
 
Editorial Department
George Stein .... 1962 US version additional editing
 
Music Department
Grigori Gamburg .... musical director
Vissarion Shebalin .... music arranger (as V. Shebalin)
 
Other crew
Francis Ford Coppola .... script adaptor (1962 version)
Art Diamond .... 1962 US dubbing production supervisor (as Joseph Moss)
Sergei Koren .... choreographer
James Landis .... 1962 US version dubbing director
 

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Also Known As:
"The Magic Voyage of Sinbad" - USA (dubbed version)
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Runtime:
85 min | Argentina:80 min | USA:79 min
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Color (Magicolor)
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Spoofed as "The Magic Voyage of Sinbad" in "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (1988) episode #505, first aired August 14, 1993.See more »
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
The Mosfilm restoration, 30 March 2006
Author: Robin Cook from USA

Seldom do I have goosebumps from watching a fun fantasy film as I did with this wonderfully restored Russian FAMILY VIEWING film. I applaud the restorers for doing this timely work (and the translators for the subtitles!). I pray that they endeavor with more restorations of many Russian classics that we American's have not had opportunity to view. I have not watched the other version with the English language dubbing (The Magic Voyage of Sinbad), but I can gather from another user's comments that it had to have been pretty bad. I prefer original language in such films anyway and don't mind reading the movie.

Considering the film was done in 1953 without our cgi stuff and other advanced technology of today, the visuals are absolute gems (well done). I had a flash forward of a Finding Nemo type fish in one of the scenes, which was about the only part that was more of a hokey cheaply done prop filler, which could and perhaps should have been edited out. However, due to the nature of that fishy prop, it was rather unique and funny, and added more to the fantasy theme of the movie.

Even though the acting was somewhat stiffly hokey by mollywood viewers of the Americas, Russians have a certain flair akin only to their culture. It was refreshing to listen to the Russian men's deep voices that we usually associate with ruffians in many movies. And the Russian dancing! Loved it! So, to comments about the acting? Well, methinks ya need to know a few Russians (and their flair), and to turn back the clock in remembering when this movie was made ... without this "acting" this movie would have been the Pitts ... it gave the film that certain further flair of saying, "This is a fantasy flick, so don't take anything too seriously." Excellent family film (as long as the kids can read)!

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