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Mikhail Kochnev (writer)
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Release Date:
16 November 1960 (USA) See more »
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Eye-Filling Spectacle! Man Against Monsters! See more »
Plot:
A mythical knight goes on an epic journey and fights barbarian hordes in an ancient land. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Boris Andreyev ... Ilja Muromets
Shukur Burkhanov ... Tsar Kalin
Andrei Abrikosov ... Prince Vladimir [Prince Vanda, US]
Natalya Medvedeva ... Princess Apraksia (as N. Medvedeva)
Ninel Myshkova ... Vasilisa [Vilya, US] (as Nelli Myshkova)
Sergei Martinson ... Mishatychka
Georgi Dyomin ... Dobrynya Nikitich
Aleksandr Shvorin ... Sokolnichek
Nikolay Glazkov ... Plenchishye
Vladimir Solovyov ... Kassyan (as V. Solovyov)
Mikhail Pugovkin ... Razumets
Sergei Stolyarov ... Aljoscha Popovich
Shamshi Tyumenbayev (as Sh. Tyumenbayev)
Sadykbek Dzhamanov ... Sartak (as S. Dzhamanov)
V. Tyagushev ... Sbrodovich
Muratbek Ryskulov (as M. Ryskulov)
Iya Arepina ... Alyenushka
Au-Son-Hi ... Tugar dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Frees ... Kalin (voice: English version)

Mike Wallace ... Narrator (US version)
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Directed by
Aleksandr Ptushko 
 
Writing credits
Mikhail Kochnev (writer)

Produced by
Joseph H. Harris .... producer (US version)
Sig Shore .... producer (US version)
Damir Vyatich-Berezhnykh .... producer (as D. Vyatich-Berejnikh)
 
Original Music by
Igor Morozov 
 
Cinematography by
Yuli Kun 
Fyodor Provorov 
 
Film Editing by
M. Kuzmina 
 
Production Design by
Yevgeni Kumankov 
 
Costume Design by
Olga Kruchinina 
 
Makeup Department
I. Chechekina .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
G.P. Kuznechov .... production director
 
Sound Department
Ayakina .... sound
V. Bogdankevnich .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Evgeniy Svidetelev .... special effects designer
 
Visual Effects by
Aleksei Renkov .... special effects cinematographer
Boris Travkin .... special effects cinematographer
 
Music Department
S. Sakharov .... conductor
 
Other crew
James Landis .... dubbing director (US version)
Marvin Miller .... US dubbing voice
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ilya Muromets" - Soviet Union (original title)
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Runtime:
Argentina:80 min | Soviet Union:87 min | USA:83 min | East Germany:99 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) | Mono (35 mm optical prints)
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The costumes for Ilya and his two companions were based on Viktor Vasnetsov's 1898 painting "Bogatyrs", and are extremely faithful to the depictions presented there.See more »

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Great Soviet fantasy that borders on the ridiculous, 26 September 2004
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

The story of Ilja Muromets requires severe suspension disbelief. Even in the weirdly dubbed American version it plays as a pro-workers film. There is a political message not so hidden here, but you can ignore it rather easily.

The plot is very innocent with a lame hero becoming healed and so that he can go off and fight the invading Mongols. Its grand fantasy with semi-special effects that are wonderfully of the period, and fit the gentle style. (Gentle even with the huge battle scenes) The trick is to give yourself over to it ,on its terms, and you'll have a great time. And yes its completely silly and over the top, despite seeming rather serious.

The director, Aleksandr Ptushko, specialized in fantasies of this sort. I think this is the best, with the other films like Ruslan and Ludmila, or Sadko (The Magic Voyage of Sinbad) or Sampo (The Day the Earth Froze) suffering from pacing problems, despite having fantastic visuals. (indeed Sampo is so dull as to put on into a deep coma) If you like this film then try Ruslan or Sadko.

If you click into this you'll love it. Since I do I give it 10 out of 10. Your mileage may vary, even as you laugh your ass off at at it.

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