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16 November 1960 (USA) See more »
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A mythical knight goes on an epic journey and fights barbarian hordes in an ancient land. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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)
Vsevolod Tyagushev ... Sbrodovich (as V. Tyagushev)
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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Also Known As:
"Ilya Muromets" - Soviet Union (original title)
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Argentina:80 min | Soviet Union:87 min | USA:83 min | East Germany:99 min
Color (Sovcolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) | Mono (35 mm optical prints)

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The Mosfilm restoration of this feature was completed in 2001.See more »


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The Legend of the Mighty Bogatyr!, 2 March 2006
Author: William Gruendler from United States

First things first: Get ahold of a good recording of Rheinhold Gliere's 1908-11 Op.42 - his Third Symphony - "Ilya Muromets".... Take a long drive in the most spectacular countryside you can find and make it a LONG drive as the symphony is 85 minutes LONG! In the grand tradition, then, of master Russian composers, Gliere' (think Bruckner or Mahler with Wagnerian overtones in a strong Russian accent!) created a complex and moving masterpiece of visual splendor. Google Gliere' and see what I mean; this masterwork is greatly beloved worldwide. You and the little kids must see this epic film of the bylini, or MYTH of Ilya Muromets. If you get the DVD, I suggest watching it with the symphony in your headphones and the remote in your hand. You will be able, with creative effort and grand delight, to 'orchestrate' the movie to the music, and vice-versa! It will thrill you even more to be such an interactive participant. In what for this writer is an indelible childhood memory: standing in a LONG line outside the Lowes Theater on Grand Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri - after drooling over the TV commercials for weeks- then being totally enthralled by Ptushko's theatrics and cinematic wonders on the Big Screen! But to top it off, dear Daddy took us home and cranked up the old SCOTT HI FI, put the 1956 Columbia recording of the #3 in B Minor by the Philaelphia Orchestra with Eugene Ormandy (see the review at AMAZON by Avrohom Leichtling of Botstein's version with the LSO) and we acted it out all over again! What a stirring memory even now as I type these words! SO....Get this movie and see it with a couple of six and seven year old boys and pretend right along with them!

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