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The defeat of the "White Army" in the Russian Civil War of 1918-21, causing massive emigration of the upper classes and nobility, called "White Russians". Set in Crimea, Constantinopol and ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lyudmila Saveleva ...
Serafima Vladimirovna Korzukhina
Aleksey Batalov ...
Sergei Pavlovich Golubkov
Mikhail Ulyanov ...
General Charnota
Tatyana Tkach ...
Vladislav Dvorzhetskiy ...
General Khludov
Evgeniy Evstigneev ...
Vladimir Zamanskiy ...
Nikolay Olyalin ...
Bruno Frejndlikh ...
General Vrangel
Vladimir Basov ...
Artur Arturovich, the Cockroach Tsar
Tamara Loginova ...
Oleg Efremov ...
Vladimir Osenev ...
Gotlib Roninson ...
Voluptuous Greek
Roman Khomyatov ...


The defeat of the "White Army" in the Russian Civil War of 1918-21, causing massive emigration of the upper classes and nobility, called "White Russians". Set in Crimea, Constantinopol and Paris. The Russian Civil War and emigration is shown through the eyes of the defeated Tsarist Generals - Vrangel, Khludov, Charnota, as well as intellectuals and aristocracy. Amidst the chaos of emigration rough generals Khludov and Charnota become involved in the unfolding love story of professor Golubkov and Serafima. While General Khludov is having hallucinations about the Civil War, General Charnota is more tough and practical. He goes to Paris to frame a wealthy Russian tycoon Korzukhin to support his former wife Serafima and other suffering Russian emigrants. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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14 January 1971 (Soviet Union)  »

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The General Commander of the "White Army" Baron Vrangel and General Yakov Slashchev, who was the second in command, were the prototypes for the characters in the film. The real General Slashchev returned to the Soviet Russia in 1924 and was later killed in Moscow. See more »


General Charnota: [to Paramon Korzukhin, both trying to play cards being totally wasted] Paramosha, behave yourself...
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Brilliant acting, tragic and comical simultaneously
12 February 2004 | by (Riga, Latvia) – See all my reviews

Sensitive, fantasmagorycal, talented rendering of Bulgakovs play "The Run", it has that Soviet film quality - when you watch, you forget that it`s acting.

The film is about a group of people who in other times wouldn't have anything in common, some of them innocent bystanders, some moral criminals. But nothing is straightforward and simple. From Russia "the run" continues to Constantinopole, to Paris, back to Russia. Some of them have understood that they can`t live outside Russia and go back maybe to be happy, maybe not, some go back to face sure death for their crimes, some don`t go back and know that are going to miss homeland forever, some are comfortably well off (are they?) in exile. Sentimental without syrup, tragic and comical at the same time.

It`s Bulgakov ! What else should be said ?

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