Ivan the Terrible, Part II (1958)
"Ivan Groznyy. Skaz vtoroy: Boyarskiy zagovor" (original title)

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As Ivan the Terrible attempts to consolidate his power by establishing a personal army, his political rivals, the Russian boyars, plot to assassinate their Tsar.

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Complete credited cast:
Serafima Birman ...
Pavel Kadochnikov ...
Mikhail Zharov ...
Amvrosi Buchma ...
Nikolay the Fanatic (as V.I. Pudovkin)
Mikhail Kuznetsov ...
Aleksandr Mgebrov ...
Andrei Abrikosov ...
Vladimir Balashov ...
Pyotr Volynets
Erik Pyryev ...
Ivan IV as a boy
Mikhail Nazvanov ...
Pavel Massalsky ...
King Sigismund of Poland
Ada Vojtsik ...
Elena Glinskaya, Ivan's Mother


His wife dead from poisoning and his chief warrior, Kurbsky, defected to the Poles, Ivan is lonely as he pursues a unified Russia with no foreign occupiers. Needing friendship, he brings to court Kolychev, now Philip the monk, and makes him metropolitan bishop of Moscow. Philip, however, takes his cues from the boyars and tries to bend Ivan to the will of the church. Ivan faces down Philip and lets loose his private force, the Oprichniks, on the boyars. Led by the Tsar's aunt, Euphrosyne, the boyers plot to assassinate Ivan and enthrone her son, Vladimir. At a banquet, Ivan mockingly crowns Vladimir and sends him in royal robes into the cathedral where the assassin awaits. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This is the movie of my life
7 February 2006 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

Ivan Grosnyy, Part II is the movie of my life; the Part I is also a very good film. It is the masterpiece of Sergei Eisenstein. Unfortunately we can never see the Part III of this meant to be trilogy. The performances (especially Nikolai Cherkasov), the photography, the wardrobe, the scenarios and the shots are the most beautiful I have ever seen in the history of film-making. However, it is necessary to watch the Part I first to understand the history. I suggest to all the people who like this genre of film to see another very good film of Sergey Eisenstein: Alexander Nevsky once again with Nikolai Cherkasov in the main role. I recommend to all the people who want to see these movies to by the Criterion DVD box set, which contains also first part and, Alexander Nevsky. Don't die without seeing these masterpieces.

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