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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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Russian cash for Solondz, Fiennes projects
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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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Trivia:
Ilja Moromez is a legendary Russian hero, a man who is said to have started out life as a cripple before being healed by a witch and becoming a warrior.See more »
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Has its own goofy charm, 29 May 2002
Author: frankfob from California

While this film doesn't look as impressive today as it once did, you have to remember that it debuted here in 1956, when the big "epic" movie was DeMille's "The Ten Commandments," and this film has several things in common with it. This was a very, VERY big picture for 1956 Russia, and while technically there's no comparison with DeMille's picture, it has a kind of charming innocence that DeMille's definitely does not. The dated, over-the-top acting styles are common to both pictures, and while it sort of works for the Russian picture, it really doesn't for "Commandments," and was the one thing that always annoyed me about that picture (and pretty much all of DeMille's talkies, for that matter). I enjoyed the villains much more in "Sword and the Dragon," and the human pyramid scene is still astounding, as is the scene near the end where the Russian spearmen pincushion the Mongol chief and raise him, screaming and still impaled on their spears, above their heads; it was quite gruesome for 1956, and is still remembered by people who haven't seen the film for 20 years or more. Granted, some of the film is laughable--the simpering, pigtailed blonde girlfriend is a bit much--and some of the effects are pretty cheesy, but overall I still think it's an impressive accomplishment. The Russians put a lot of money into this movie, and for the most part it shows. The film is a bit lumbering, but not much more so than "The Ten Commandments," which is more highly regarded, and not entirely justifiably.

Overall, this is a somewhat goofy, charmingly dated but eminently watchable spectacle with some truly memorable scenes, so slip it in the VCR, pop open a beer, get some popcorn and see what passed for state-of-the-art cinema in 1956 Russia.

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