Up 8,229 this week

The Barber of Siberia (1998)
"Sibirskiy tsiryulnik" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 8,677 users  
Reviews: 74 user | 5 critic

Douglas is a foreign entrepreneur, who ventures to Russia in 1885 with dreams of selling a new, experimental steam-driven timber harvester in the wilds of Siberia. Jane is his assistant, ... See full summary »



(story), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns a classy 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 02 Feb 2013
a list of 22 titles
created 29 Mar 2013
a list of 32 titles
created 02 Jul 2013
a list of 21 titles
created 19 Aug 2014
a list of 39 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Barber of Siberia (1998)

The Barber of Siberia (1998) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Barber of Siberia.

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his dacha with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things ... See full summary »

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Stars: Nikita Mikhalkov, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Oleg Menshikov
12 (2007)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Twelve jurors must decide the fate of a Chechen adolescent charged with murdering his stepfather.

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Stars: Sergey Makovetskiy, Sergey Garmash, Apti Magamaev
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Epic film about WWII, a sequel to Burnt by the Sun (1994). Evil Stalin is terrorizing people of Russia while the Nazis are advancing. Russian officer Kotov, who miraculously survived the ... See full summary »

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Stars: Nikita Mikhalkov, Oleg Menshikov, Nadezhda Mikhalkova
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Third film based on Boris Akunin's "Priklucheniya Erasta Petrovicha Fandorina" series of novels. On a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow general Khrapov was killed and no one else but ... See full summary »

Director: Filipp Yankovskiy
Stars: Oleg Menshikov, Nikita Mikhalkov, Konstantin Khabenskiy
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

The final part of Mikhalkov's trilogy about Divisional Commander Kotov finds him returning home during World War II having been betrayed, narrowly escaped execution for treason and nearly ... See full summary »

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Stars: Nikita Mikhalkov, Nadezhda Mikhalkova, Anna Mikhalkova
Est - Ouest (1999)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or ... See full summary »

Director: Régis Wargnier
Stars: Oleg Menshikov, Sandrine Bonnaire, Catherine Deneuve
Close to Eden (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The shepherd Gombo lives with his wife, three children and grandmother in a tent on the Mongolian steppe. They are pleased with their rustic conditions, until a Russian truck driver, ... See full summary »

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Stars: Badema, Bayaertu, Vladimir Gostyukhin
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Early in the 20th century, family and friends gather at the country estate of a general's widow, Anna Petrovna. Sofia, the new wife of Anna's step-son, recognizes Misha, the brother-in-law ... See full summary »

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Stars: Aleksandr Kalyagin, Elena Solovey, Evgeniya Glushenko
Rodnya (1982)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A woman from the countryside comes to the city to visit her only daughter and granddaughter. She is hopelessly lost in this world she does not understand.

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Stars: Nonna Mordyukova, Svetlana Kryuchkova, Yuri Bogatyryov
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Cinematographic adaptation of classical Russian play "Dowry-less" by A. Ostrovsky. Noble but poor widow seeks to arrange marriage for her three daughters. She maintains "open house" or ... See full summary »

Director: Eldar Ryazanov
Stars: Alisa Freyndlikh, Larisa Guzeeva, Nikita Mikhalkov
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Set during the Civil War between the Reds and the Whites that followed the 1917 revolution in Russia

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Stars: Yuri Bogatyryov, Nikita Mikhalkov, Sergey Shakurov
Sunstroke (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Only one night with the stranger becomes the real delusion for the main character. This "sunstroke" doesn't release it even in most "damned days" of death of the Russian Empire - According ... See full summary »

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Stars: Martinsh Kalita, Viktoriya Solovyova, Anastasiya Imamova


Cast overview, first billed only:
Dzheyn (as Dzhuliya Ormond)
Oleg Menshikov ...
Aleksey Petrenko ...
Makkreken (as Richard Kharris)
Vladimir Ilin ...
Nikita Tatarenkov ...
Georgiy Dronov ...
Artyom Mikhalkov ...
Kopnovskiy (as Daniel Olbrykhskiy)
Marina Neyolova ...
Mat Tolstogo
Avangard Leontev ...
Dyadya Nikolya
Anna Mikhalkova ...
Forsten (as Robert Khardi)
Elizabeth Spriggs ...
Perepelkina (as Elizabet Spriggs)


Douglas is a foreign entrepreneur, who ventures to Russia in 1885 with dreams of selling a new, experimental steam-driven timber harvester in the wilds of Siberia. Jane is his assistant, who falls in love with a young Russian officer, André, and spends the next 10 years perfecting the harvester and pursuing her love, who has been exiled to Siberia. Written by

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


He's Russian. That explains a lot.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


See all certifications »



| | |

Release Date:

20 February 1999 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

El barbero de Siberia  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (TV)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The actors who played the officers were trained for several months in military academy in Kostroma according to the drill regulations and guard duty of the end of 19 century. See more »


American soldiers wear gas masks, which were not used by troops until WWI. In the US Army, they appeared first in 1917. See more »


Cadet's Cap
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

29 August 2000 | by (Beirut, Lebanon) – See all my reviews

I went to see this movie based on a suggestion from a good friend of mine. I expected to see a typical love story and was curious about the way this story was developed and directed. I admit that my expectations were very low in this regard. The Barber of Siberia is a work of art, Mikhalkov is surely one of the great movie authors of all times, and I am humbly thankful to my friend for her priceless advice.

The plot may seem like any conventional love story but the fashion in which the story is developed and the performances of all the actors (yes, ALL of them) is really fascinating.

What strikes you most is when Mikhalkov directly compares the life of a military cadet between Russia and the US. There's also a latent comparison between the American and Russian ideals. I leave it to you to discover how and when these comparisons appear on screen.

Mikhalkov magnificently plays the role of the Tzar Alexander III (the father of the recently canonized Tzar Nicholas II). As portrayed by Mikhalkov, Alexander III embodies the grandeur of Russia and sets the standard on the qualities of a ruler. You cannot but compare these standards to those set by Boris Yeltsin (who was in charge in 1998) and you would better understand the passing of power to Putin.

This is one of the rare times I get emotional about a film, and believe me the Barber of Siberia contains a lot of emotions. DON'T MISS IT AT ANY RATE!

33 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why is this film so hidden? sdanzig
Who's the actor? klackalica
Great movie duarte_069
uncut version? laj45
Lovely movie yasmin810
Help look for 275 min-version went
Discuss The Barber of Siberia (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: