Down 47,305 this week

Chayka (1972)

 |  Drama  |  7 January 1972 (Finland)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 59 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 1 critic

Add a Plot



0Check in

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 12 Dec 2011
a list of 450 titles
created 02 Jan 2012
a list of 208 titles
created 12 Apr 2012
a list of 29 titles
created 10 months ago
a list of 27 titles
created 1 month ago

Related Items

Search for "Chayka" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Chayka (1972)

Chayka (1972) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Chayka.
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-marshaled out of the army and boards a Japanese ship for the Orient in late 1941. But has ... See full summary »

Directors: John Huston, Vincent Sherman
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet
Art and Craft (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When one of the most prolific art forgers in US history is finally exposed, he must confront the legacy of his 30-year con.

Directors: Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Mark A. Landis
1001 Grams (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When Norwegian scientist Marie attends a seminar in Paris on the actual weight of a kilo, it is her own measurement of disappointment, grief and, not least, love, that ends up on the scale.

Director: Bent Hamer
Stars: Ane Dahl Torp, Laurent Stocker, Hildegun Riise
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Reckless desire wreaks havoc over Memorial Day weekend as a family confronts the volatile and fragile nature of love. Inspired by Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull," set in rural New England in 1984.

Director: Christian Camargo
Stars: Katie Holmes, William Hurt, Allison Janney
Hacker (2015)
Crime | Drama | Thriller

Alex, an immigrant from Ukraine comes to Canada and becomes involved with an online criminal organization called Darkweb. He learns to rip off credit cards, ATMs, break into banks and ... See full summary »

Director: Akan Satayev
Stars: Callan McAuliffe, Lorraine Nicholson, Daniel Eric Gold
Thief (1981)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Becoming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the mafia, who have other plans for him.

Director: Michael Mann
Stars: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson
The Ceremony (1971)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
Stars: Kenzô Kawarasaki, Atsuko Kaku, Atsuo Nakamura
The Seagull (TV Movie 1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Anne Bullen, Henry Gilbert, Gordon Glenwright
Indésirables (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Director: Philippe Barassat
Stars: Jérémie Elkaïm, Valentine Catzéflis, Béatrice de Staël
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

From pagan re-enactors to failed communes, black metal festivals to Arctic hermits, and the forever Golden Hour to the Northern Lights, 'A Spell to Ward off the Darkness' is an inquiry into... See full summary »

Directors: Ben Rivers, Ben Russell
Stars: Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A group of young people on the eve of adult life: the boys experiment all solutions to avoid doing their military service, but one of them decides to go for it, with the hope of making an ... See full summary »

Director: Axel Salvatori-Sinz
Gente de bien (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Eric, 10, finds himself almost overnight living with Gabriel, his father, who he barely knows. The man has trouble keeping their heads above water and building a relationship with his son. ... See full summary »

Director: Franco Lolli
Stars: Brayan Santamarià, Carlos Fernando Perez, Alejandra Borrero


Cast overview:
Alla Demidova ...
Vladimir Chetverikov ...
Nikolai Plotnikov ...
Lyudmila Saveleva ...
Valentina Telichkina ...
Yuriy Yakovlev ...
Yefim Kopelyan ...
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan ...
Sofya Pavlova ...
Sergei Torkachevsky ...
Semon Medvedenko (as S. Torkachevsky)
Sergei Smirnov ...
(as S. Smirnov)
Henrikas Kurauskas


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »




Release Date:

7 January 1972 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

The Seagull  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


Version of The Sea Gull (1968) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Essence of Chekhov
20 October 2006 | by (Hillsdale, MI) – See all my reviews

It was only after many years of experience that I was able to even somewhat appreciate the works of Chekhov on stage and screen. Something was always missing from my Chekhov experience, something that kept me from comprehending the primal artistic force in Chekhov's works. And after many years of rejecting, ignoring and/or suffering through Chekhov's major works in production, I have finally found that magic scene that snapped everything into place for me, and has caused me to love and revere Chekhov for the brilliant master of human drama that he was. I am happy to say that this scene is contained in Chayka, and if you seek to understand what Chekhov was trying to do, you simply must track down this film.

So far as I can tell, the film is not currently available for purchase anywhere, so track it down in a university library if you are able to do so. You will find that the picture quality is absolutely horrendous, the subtitles are often spotty and difficult to read, and much of the action (or, more specifically, non-action) feels as though it is not moving at all. But none of that matters. What matters is that in the span of 10 minutes, Lyudmila Savelyeva squeezes out more pathos and passion than many actresses encounter in a lifetime. Savelyeva, probably best known to world audiences for her work in War and Peace, is quite simply the best actress at interpreting Chekhov's work that I have ever seen. The payoff is near the end of the film; with her character Nina returning to visit her former lover after a two-year absence. Even without the context of the rest of the story, this is an arresting scene, as the actress in her late 20's reads as though she has seen as much suffering as Mother Russia itself has experienced throughout her long history. Within the context of the story, Savelyeva's change is so magically and maddeningly profound that it should bring tears to the eye of even the most jaded film-goer.

This is the essence of Chekhov. I can honestly write that, since I first discovered this version of Chekhov's play three years ago, it has not lost any of its magic. My limited experience with Chayka, and more specifically with Savelyeva, has taught me more about Chekhov than 10 years of serious theatergoing and advanced academic study. Chayka has become my "Rosetta Stone" for understanding Chekhov, and it should be required viewing in the study of this Russian master.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Chayka (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page