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The Diamond Arm (1969)
"Brilliantovaya ruka" (original title)

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Semyon Gorbunkov goes on a cruise. In Istanbul, he slips and breaks his arm. What he didn't know is that this was a signal for a gang of smugglers (a real smuggler - Gena - was also on ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yuriy Nikulin ...
Nina Grebeshkova ...
Nadezhda Gorbunkova
Andrey Mironov ...
Anatoliy Papanov ...
Stanislav Chekan ...
Vladimir Gulyaev ...
Lieutenant Volodya
Nonna Mordyukova ...
Svetlana Svetlichnaya ...
Roman Filippov ...
Man in the Restaurant
Grigoriy Shpigel ...
Main Foreign Smuggler
Leonid Kanevskiy ...
Assisstant Foreign Smuggler
Igor Yasulovich ...
Maksim Nikulin ...
Boy, 'Walking on Water'
Aleksandra Lisyutina ...
Gorbunkov's Daughter (as Sashenka)
Aleksandr Khvylya ...
Weeping Willow' Maitre dHotel
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Semyon Gorbunkov goes on a cruise. In Istanbul, he slips and breaks his arm. What he didn't know is that this was a signal for a gang of smugglers (a real smuggler - Gena - was also on board the same ship). So his arm gets bandaged with gold and diamonds. After he returns home, the gangsters are trying to get their stuff back, while the police try to catch them using Gorbunkov and his arm. Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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Trivia

The film gained a cult status in the USSR after its release and after many years is still considered to be the number one comedy in Russia. See more »

Goofs

The first part of the film takes place in what is supposed to be Turkey. But the streets are filled with signs in Arabic script, which Turkish does not use. See more »

Quotes

House manager: The people of OUR kind do not ride taxi to the bakery!
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Crazy Credits

The summary of the first part of the movie, written in an extremely small and blurry font, races through the screen in a matter of two seconds. See more »

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References Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Pomogi mne!
("Help me!")
Written by Aleksandr Zatsepin and Leonid Derbenyov
Performed by Aida Vedishcheva
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The best Russian comedy ever
21 December 2005 | by (Russian Federation) – See all my reviews

Perfect from the first till the last minute. Not a single word in this movie said in vain - this is absolute masterpiece of comedy. But I do not believe that it is possible to translate it properly into English - so, you have to know Russian language (and you've got to have a good idea of Russian realities of 70th) to be able to fully enjoy it. This movie was, I believe, the first soviet comedy which contained a short "sexual" scene (topless actress shot from behind). Many lines from this film are now living their own lives - you can hear quotations on TV, in people talks, in other movies - while some of those who uses it do not remember the words origin. Must have, must see - anyway!


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