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Unbelievable Adventures of Italians in Russia (1974)

Neveroyatnye priklyucheniya italyantsev v Rossii (original title)
In Italy, a dying woman tells her granddaughter that she hid her treasure many years ago in Russia, in the city of Leningrad. Other people (who were around when she died) also learn about ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Andrey Mironov ...
Andrey Vasilyev
...
Giuseppe
Antonia Santilli ...
Olga
Alighiero Noschese ...
Antonio Lo Mazzo
Tano Cimarosa ...
Rosario Agrò
Evgeniy Evstigneev ...
Lame italian
Olga Aroseva ...
Andrey Vasilyev's mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gigi Ballista ...
Dottore (as Luigi Ballista)
Vadim Grachyov ...
Customs officer
Zoya Isaeva ...
Doctor (as Z. Isaeva)
King ...
Lion
Aleksandr Lukyanov ...
Bit part
Yuri Mikhajlov ...
Bit part (as Yu. Mikhajlov)
Ella Nekrasova ...
Bit part (as E. Nekrasova)
Boris Runge ...
Cars for hire employee
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In Italy, a dying woman tells her granddaughter that she hid her treasure many years ago in Russia, in the city of Leningrad. Other people (who were around when she died) also learn about it. Thus several people arrive in Leningrad trying to find the treasure, each one for himself/herself. What's worse - the only information they have is that the treasure is under a lion - and it's in Leningrad, a city known by its numerous statues of lions. The story gets even more interesting when the soviet militia (police) learns about the whole thing and send an undercover agent... Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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31 January 1974 (Italy)  »

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A lion named King who starred in the movie was shot during filming by a policeman who thought that the lion attacked a teenager. In reality, the teenager was bothering the lion who in turn went and knocked the teenager off his feet, as he was taught to do for the movie. See more »

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Remake of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) See more »

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Early spoof from Soviet Union
24 August 2015 | by (Hungary) – See all my reviews

I have to admit I have a soft spot for spoofs, slapstick comedies like Airplane or Hot shots. I never knew any non-American movie like these existed and the Soviet Union would be on the bottom of my list of countries that would produce one.

And here we are. My expectations of propaganda, political message and social morals were unfounded: it's a light Russian-speaking comedy (the Italians in the movie speak Russian) with Italian and Soviet stereotypes from mafioso to secret police officer with a lot of explosions, car chases, damage to historical sites, nice shots of iconic sites in Russia, a lot of laugh while the highlight being the female protagonist visibly enjoying the movie at least as much as the viewers...

Good fun for the whole family and nostalgic to those who grew up in Eastern bloc countries.


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