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Director:
Writer:
Mikhail Kochnev (writer)
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Release Date:
16 November 1960 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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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Russian cash for Solondz, Fiennes projects
 (From ScreenDaily. 2 June 2014, 6:05 AM, PDT)

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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)

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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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) | Mono (35 mm optical prints)
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Trivia:
According to Mosfilm, this production used 106,000 extras and 11,000 horses.See more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Good Fun, 15 March 2007
Author: loufalce from United States

I remember seeing this film on the "Million Dollar Movie" on channel 9 {in the New York area} in the early 60s and I also had the Dell comic book adaptation.As a child it was impressive and it still holds up today.Basically its the story of the legendary Ilya Murometz{the Russian Giant}and his attempt to rid his land of the invading Tugars-in reality Mongols-who had their name changed for this film.The film features beautiful color photography, some massive battle scenes set against an Eisenstein like darkening sky, decent special effects like the Wind Demon, the Pig Man , the three headed fire dragon and some musical numbers too,including a sexy belly dancer at the Tugar's camp-adolescent fantasy material! .There probably is a pro Soviet message, but due to the fall of the Soviet Union it is no longer relevant.The acting which has often been criticized is actually pretty good on its own level, its just the English dubbing that somewhat works against it.An early example of the medieval themed "sword and sorcery" genre that became briefly popular in the 80s with films like "Excalibur" and "Conan the Barbarian", this one is entertaining, well produced and has an overall sense of innocence and wonder about it that is hard to resist. It may not be perfect, but it does what it has to do very well. Give it a shot. You might enjoy it.

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