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

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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 ... See full summary »

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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
Nikolai 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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Quotes

Gutiere Baltazar: [laughing] This must be love at first sight!
Ichtyandr Salvator: [simply] Is there any other kind of love?
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Edited into Final Cut: Hölgyeim és uraim (2012) See more »

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Ei, moryak
Performed by Nonna Sukhanova
Music by Andrei Petrov
Lyric by Solomon Fogelson
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A lovely light film from a country better kown for political drama
30 September 2002 | by (sydney australia) – See all my reviews

I loved this film for many reasons. Most people who saw it, saw it as children on late night TV, but I didn't get to catch up with it till now. It has a lovely heart to it and although certainly naive and simple for todays standards, it possesses a warmth that is so often missing from other mostly american films of it's Genre and time period.

Certainly there are some strange aspects to it. The setting - which is either Spain or Mexico clashes with the Russian language and the Greek, Spanish and French character names. Perhaps this is done to give a sense of internationalism to the film.

But the thing I loved most about this film is it's social rather than political subtext. While many of this 1960's SCI-FI Genre concentrate on Nuclear accidents, fear of technology etc, Amphibian Man is instead concerned with the world that is created by simple human greed and cruelty. There is no BIG threat here, only trying to exist in a world that is made by men who are greedy and selfish. It is interesting to see that while US cinema was hysterical about the threat of nuclear technology and specifically the threat of Communist Russia, This Russian Film was more concerned with working within the world as it stood and looking at the problems that do exist rather than scaring people with over the top nuclear threats.

The Amphibian Man is not created by accident - but by scientific technology, and the purpose is not as a weapon but as a social advance. Even the "evil" Don Pedro - never thinks of using the "sea Devil" as a weapon but only to collect pearls and increase Pedro's personal fortune.

It is a truly interesting movie, allowing me to see another mind set of that era that is not the American one. And the bittersweet ending is far from unsatisfying.




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