Dersu Uzala (1975)

G  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Drama  |  20 December 1977 (USA)
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The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yuriy Solomin ...
Mikhail Bychkov ...
Otryad Arseneva (as M. Bychkov)
Vladimir Khrulev ...
Otryad Arseneva (as V. Khrulev)
V. Lastochkin ...
Otryad Arseneva
Stanislav Marin ...
Otryad Arseneva (as S. Marin)
Igor Sykhra ...
Otryad Arseneva (as I. Sykhra)
Vladimir Sergiyakov ...
Otryad Arseneva (as V. Sergiyakov)
Yanis Yakobsons ...
Otryad Arseneva (as Ya. Yakobsons)
V. Khlestov ...
Otryad Arseneva
G. Polunin ...
Otryad Arseneva
V. Koldin ...
Otryad Arseneva
M. Tetov ...
Otryad Arseneva
S. Sinyavskiy ...
Otryad Arseneva
Vladimir Sverba ...
Otryad Arseneva (as V. Sverba)


A Russian army explorer who is rescued in Siberia by a rugged Asian hunter renews his friendship with the woodsman years later when he returns as the head of a larger expedition. The hunter finds that all of his nature lore is of no help when he accompanies the explorer back to civilization. Written by Keith Loh <>

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20 December 1977 (USA)  »

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Dersu Uzala  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 536,075 (Sweden)

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2.20 : 1
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Union fights were recurrent, and cameramen were changed every week. See more »


In the photo where Dersu is holding a balalaika, his left hand is holding the neck of the instrument from the top, rather than from the bottom as a musician would hold it. See more »


Dersu Uzala: How can man live in a box?
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Referenced in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

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Possibly the best movie I have seen.
21 February 2000 | by (Moscow, Idaho) – See all my reviews

Dersu Uzala is without a doubt one of the best films I have seen. It is a film that haunts me still. It is a story of a lone hunter that befriends some explorers and guides them through the wilderness of Siberia.

The cinematography is spectacular (Kurosawa--need I say more?) and the story is so well told. The story is both obvious and subtle at the same time. The old man guides them and they survive. Also the old man represents the ways of the hills--even represents the hills and wilderness itself--and we see how he fails to fit in with civilization and progress. It is a story of great triumph and great sorrow. It it does not move you, then you are truly dead inside.

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