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The Sword and the Dragon (1956)

Ilya Muromets (original title)
A mythical knight goes on an epic journey and fights barbarian hordes in an ancient land.

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Shukur Burkhanov ...
Tsar Kalin
Andrei Abrikosov ...
Natalya Medvedeva ...
Princess Apraksia (as N. Medvedeva)
Ninel Myshkova ...
Vasilisa [Vilya, US] (as Nelli Myshkova)
Sergei Martinson ...
Mishatychka
Georgi Dyomin ...
Aleksandr Shvorin ...
Sokolnichek
Nikolay Glazkov ...
Plenchishye
Vladimir Solovyov ...
Kassyan (as V. Solovyov)
Mikhail Pugovkin ...
Razumets
Sergei Stolyarov ...
Shamshi Tyumenbayev ...
(as Sh. Tyumenbayev)
Sadykbek Dzhamanov ...
Sartak (as S. Dzhamanov)
Vsevolod Tyagushev ...
Sbrodovich (as V. Tyagushev)
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Ilya is a cripple without the use of his legs. When he aids some weary travellers, they surprise him by giving him a potion that restores his legs. He immediately becomes powerful and sets off to prove himself to his King. Doing so, he fights the evil Tugars, a wind demon that looks like a cross between a goblin and The Noid, a zeppelin-like ambassador, and the evil Tugars. Ilya gets framed for a crime he didn't commit, then is freed, then finally dispatches the Tugars and their dragon. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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16 November 1960 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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RUSSIAN EPIC FANTASY IS ONE UNIQUE MOVIE.
5 November 2000 | by (CARDIFF,WALES) – See all my reviews

In the UK this movie was known as EPIC HERO AND THE BEAST which is a title to conjure with but then so is the whole movie.The Russian folktale of Ilya Muromets is a powerful one and is told strikingly and spectacularly here although it lays itself wide open to unintentional humour.The hero Ilya is described at one point as a young man although even at this early stage of the movie he looks old enough to be Santa Claus's great grandfather;by the end he resembles Methuselah! Special effects are pretty good for the time and the fantasy creatures(especially the wind demon)are well realised.The dragon,however,which is supposed to strike fear in the hearts of those fighting it is easily disposed of when in the final battle it is barely touched by a sword when its head falls off! I remember reading the Dell or Gold Key adaptation of THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON as a kid and was impressed but over 30 years passed until I actually saw the movie.Was it worth the wait? Of course not,but for anyone interested in seeing a truly unique sword and sorcery piece this is worth tracking down.


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