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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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Antonia Santilli ...
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Zoya Isaeva ...
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King ...
Aleksandr Lukyanov ...
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Yuri Mikhajlov ...
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Ella Nekrasova ...
Bit part (as E. Nekrasova)
Boris Runge ...
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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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Unbelievable Adventures of Italians in Russia  »

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Producer Dino De Laurentiis was not committed to the film, to such an extent that he tried to cut the living expenses of the large Russian crew while shooting on location in Italy. He also demanded that a very small number of takes be shot to reduce lab bills. This resulted in the crew going on strike. He also vetoed the casting of big name Italian stars such as Alberto Sordi, Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale and Sophia Loren. This decision backfired when the finished film was presented to Paramount for a possible distribution deal. The Paramount bosses told De Laurentiis that the film could have been a great international success if well-known international stars had been cast. 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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