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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 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

When Leonid Gaidai presented the film to the censors, he added a nuclear explosion footage into the epilogue, and refused to remove it, and only agreed after an extensive argument. This allowed him to sneak in some controversial (by the USSR's measures) material such as striptease, drunken debauchery and references to prostitution. See more »

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During Kozodoev's dream sequence of the arm cast flying around a dark room, the upper body of a person wearing the cast, dressed in black, is visible See more »

Quotes

Semyon Gorbunkov: As they say in London, dog is man's best friend.
Superintendent: I don't know what they say in London - I haven't been there - but over here the house manager is man's best friend!
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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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Pomogi mne!
("Help me!")
Written by Aleksandr Zatsepin and Leonid Derbenyov
Performed by Aida Vedishcheva
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Better than 'armless
9 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After watching "Brilliantovaya ruka" I can well believe that it's with very good reason that it has such a beloved reputation among Russian language comedies. The vibe it generates it of an extremely high level of breezy fun, and it sustains that with supernatural consistency all the way through.

Combine that with an abundance of simply good jokes drawing from farce, slapstick, and everything in between. The performances are just the right level of broad to pull the maximum number of laughs. The almost constant underscoring perfectly compliments the fact that the pacing is masterfully timed and the fact that all the location filming simply looks fantastic to make this one of the most all-around fun viewing experiences you could imagine.

Moments such as the walking-on-water, the set-up seduction, and the division of the "two parts" are among hilarious moments that also draw in character for their humor and even border somewhat on what might be called "Pythonesque" in style. At the same time, roots in the best of silent comedy, farce, and adventure film are happily evident.

I can easily image how this comedy would reward reviewing, which it evidently for many other commentators here.


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