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Amphibian Man (1962)
"Chelovek-Amfibiya" (original title)

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vladimir Korenev ...
Ichtyandr Salvator
Anastasiya Vertinskaya ...
Gutiere Baltazar
Mikhail Kozakov ...
Pedro Zurita
Anatoliy Smiranin ...
Old Baltazar
Nikolai Simonov ...
Prof. Salvator
Vladlen Davydov ...
Olsen, the reporter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
A. Antonyan
Sergey Boyarskiy ...
Guard
Anatoliy Ivanov
Valeri Kudryashov
Nikolay Kuzmin ...
(as N. Kuzmin)
Mikhail Medvedev
Yuri Medvedev ...
Street vendor of fish
A. Nikritina
A. Orlik
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People living in a seaside town are frightened by reports about an unknown creature in the ocean. Nobody knows what it is, but it's really the son of Doctor Salvator. The doctor performed surgery on his son and now young Ichtiandr can live underwater. This gives him certain advantages, but creates a lot of problems. Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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3 January 1962 (Soviet Union)  »

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The Amphibian Man  »

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Gutiere Baltazar: [laughing] This must be love at first sight!
Ichtyandr Salvator: [simply] Is there any other kind of love?
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Ei, moryak
Performed by Nonna Sukhanova
Music by Andrei Petrov
Lyric by Solomon Fogelson
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A very odd but charming movie.
10 October 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Amphibian Man' is one of the oddest movies I've ever seen. From the title, and the initial premise - poor fishman and their families are frightened by an unknown monster they nickname "the sea devil" - you might think you're in for a 'Creature From The Black Lagoon' style monster movie, but this movie is a completely different thing. What kind of "thing" it is exactly is difficult to summarize, because I can't honestly think of any other movie I've seen which is quite like it. Technically SF, but more of a fantasy romance in execution. It is a very unusual but charming movie. The "monster" turns out to be the son of a local benevolent scientist who has had shark gills transplanted into his body and has a secret underwater life. He falls in love with the beautiful daughter of a local fisherman who has been betrothed to an ambitious cad she doesn't love. It is a marriage borne of economic necessity. Pretty soon Amphibian Man and Ambitious Cad clash and our hero finds himself persecuted, and eventually kidnapped. I really enjoyed this film, it has quite a unique, eccentric feel to it and has some genuinely touching moments, and even a song or two. The production values are quite impressive for the era, the premise is interestingly handled, and the acting is generally above average. I was fortunate enough to watch the Russian print with English subtitles. I believe there are some badly dubbed versions of this movie around so try and avoid those if you can and see the original to fully appreciate this little gem.


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