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Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973)

Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu (original title)
Shurik Timofeev builds a working model of a time machine. By accident, Ivan Bunsha, an apartment complex manager, and George Miloslavsky, a petty burglar, are transferred to the 16th ... See full summary »

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Aleksandr Demyanenko ...
Saveliy Kramarov ...
Feofan
Natalya Seleznyova ...
Natalya Krachkovskaya ...
Ulyana Andreyevna (as Natalya Belogortseva-Krachkovskaya)
Natalya Kustinskaya ...
Yakin's Lover
Vladimir Etush ...
Anton Semyonovich Shpak
Mikhail Pugovkin ...
Sergey Filippov ...
Swedish Ambassador
Eduard Bredun ...
Trader of Radio Components (as E. Bredun)
Aleksandr Vigdorov ...
Strelets (as A. Vigdorov)
Valentin Grachyov ...
Strelets (as V. Grachyov)
Natalya Gurzo ...
Nurse (as N. Gurzo)
Ivan Zhevago ...
Doctor (as I. Zhevago)
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Shurik Timofeev builds a working model of a time machine. By accident, Ivan Bunsha, an apartment complex manager, and George Miloslavsky, a petty burglar, are transferred to the 16th century Moscow, while Tsar Ivan the Terrible goes into the year 1973. Written by Dmitry Zharkov <dmitry@pharm.sunysb.edu>

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Trivia

When Ivan the Terible mentioned a man who made himself wings before the czar put him on a gun-powder barrel and he could fly he talks about the noble-son and archer commander Nikita Karazinov Golohvastov (earlier than 1562-1570), who was known for his courage. When he wanted to avoid penalty Ivan the Terrible ordered to blow up the gunpowder barrel on the ground because the czar said that Golohvastov is a hermit and, cause of Ivan's religious believes, that hermits are angels and they should fly. See more »

Goofs

The Czaress Marfa Sobakina died 15 days after the marriage to Iwan The Terrible in the Alexandrov Kremlin cause of a big deceases (apparently she was poisoned). So she wouldn't join a party and wouldn't be so colorful and jolly as described in the movie. Furthermore they were married at the 28 October 1571 and the movie takes place in spring-summer period. However this goof is taken directly from the play "Ivan Vasilievich" by Michail Bulgakov, on which the movie is based on. See more »

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Lieutenant: So tell me, who are you?
Ivan Vasilyevich Bunsha, house manager: [Tsar Ivan The Terrible] I am the Tsar.
Lieutenant: Nickname? Wait. Your name?
Ivan Vasilyevich Bunsha, house manager: [Tsar Ivan The Terrible] We're the Ryuriks.
Lieutenant: First, second name?
Ivan Vasilyevich Bunsha, house manager: [Tsar Ivan The Terrible] Ivan Vassilyevich.
Lieutenant: Ivan... Date of birth?
Ivan Vasilyevich Bunsha, house manager: [Tsar Ivan The Terrible] 1533 A.D.
Lieutenant: Joking? Very funny. Residence?
Ivan Vasilyevich Bunsha, house manager: [Tsar Ivan The Terrible] My palace.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits say: The "experimental artist union" presents: a non-science-, fictitious, a not quite realistic and a not accurate historical movie See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Kap-kap-kap
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Written by Aleksandr Zatsepin and Leonid Derbenyov
Performed by a men chorus
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a fun romp
25 May 2005 | by (Hartford, Connecticut, USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the greatest comedies produced by the Soviet cinema. It continues to be hugely popular among Russian speaking people (who have all seen it). Even if one does not understand any Russian, the movie is quite watchable in subtitled versions.

The plot itself is a rather standard one about ordinary guys thrust into a strange culture with action and adventure. What makes the movie special is superb acting, witty dialog, good pacing, and engaging music.

This movie deserves a place along side other action-adventure comedies such as The Princess Bride.


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