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Love and Death (1975)

In czarist Russia, a neurotic soldier and his distant cousin formulate a plot to assassinate Napoleon.

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Georges Adet ...
Old Nehamkin
Frank Adu ...
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Priest
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Mikhail (as Feodor Atkine)
Albert Augier ...
Waiter
Yves Barsacq ...
Rimsky (as Yves Barsaco)
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George Birt ...
Yves Brainville ...
Andre
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Servant (as Gerard Buhr)
Brian Coburn ...
Dimitri
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In Russia, Boris Grushenko is in love with his pseudo-intellectual cousin Sonja, who loves him since he too is a pseudo-intellectual, but she is not in love with him. Instead she is in love with his brother Ivan. But as Ivan doesn't seem to return her affections, she is determined to marry someone - anyone - except Boris. If that person isn't the perfect husband, then she has to find a suitable lover in addition. Boris' pursuit of Sonja has to take a back seat in his life when he, a pacifist and coward, is forced to join the Russian Army to battle Napoleon's forces which have just invaded Austria. Despite Sonja not being in the picture while he's away at war, Boris' thoughts do not stray totally from women. Although they take these two divergent paths in their lives, those paths cross once again as they, together, both try to find the perfect spouse and lover, and try to assassinate Napoleon. Written by Huggo

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,123,742, 31 December 1975
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Trivia

After Love and Death (1975), Woody Allen would again utilize the three word title with an "and" middle word on several more occasions. These would be for Husbands and Wives (1992), Shadows and Fog (1991), Sweet and Lowdown (1999), Melinda and Melinda (2004) and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). Love and Death (1975) was Allen's first film in which he used this type of three word title. Similar also was Allen's title for Hannah and Her Sisters (1986). See more »

Goofs

In the Army going to war sequence, shot in Budapest, the Soviet Army was used and the Soviet Army was provided explosives. Hungarians were not allowed to army and explosives. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Boris: How I got into this predicament I'll never know. Absolutely incredible. To be executed for a crime I never committed. Of course, isn't all mankind in the same boat? Isn't all mankind ultimately executed for a crime it never committed? The difference is that all men go eventually, but I go six o'clock tomorrow morning. I was supposed to go at five o'clock but I have a smart lawyer. Got leniency.
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Crazy Credits

Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev is listed in the credits as "S. Prokofiev," just the way he would have been listed in the credits of a Russian film. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quintet In E, Op. 13 No. 5: Minuet
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Written by Luigi Boccherini
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Possibly Allen's comic masterpiece
14 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Although the critics loved Annie Hall and some of Allen's other films more than this one, I think this is his best combination of comedy and philosophy. I would strongly recommend this to any fan of Russian history, comedy, philosophy, or Woody Allen.


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