Night Watch (2004)
"Nochnoy dozor" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Fantasy, Thriller  |  3 March 2006 (USA)
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A fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vladimir Menshov ...
Valeriy Zolotukhin ...
Mariya Poroshina ...
Galina Tyunina ...
Yuriy Kutsenko ...
Ignat (as Gosha Kutsenko)
Aleksey Chadov ...
Zhanna Friske ...
Rimma Markova ...
Mariya Mironova ...
Mat Egora
Aleksey Maklakov ...
Aleksandr Samoylenko ...
Egor (as Dima Martynov)


Among normal humans live the "Others" possessing various supernatural powers. They are divided up into the forces of light and the forces of the dark, who signed a truce several centuries ago to end a devastating battle. Ever since, the forces of light govern the day while the night belongs to their dark opponents. In modern day Moscow the dark Others actually roam the night as vampires while a "Night Watch" of light forces, among them Anton, the movie's protagonist, try to control them and limit their outrage. Written by Armin Ortmann {}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


All That Stands Between Light And Darkness Is The Night Watch.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Guardianes de la noche  »

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Box Office


$4,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$66,584 (Turkey) (30 September 2005)


$1,487,477 (USA) (28 April 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the final book of the series, "Last Watch", first Semyon, then Yegor reference some noticeable events of this movie, having seen them in their dreams, and Anton tells them dreams are sometimes messages from parallel worlds. This might explain all the differences between the "Watch" movies and the "Watch" books. See more »


In the scene with the "frozen" people, one of the "frozen" guys blinks several times and his hand holding a fork is shaking. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Since the time immemorial, the knights who call themselves the Warriors of Light have been chasing witches and sorcerers who torture humans.
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Crazy Credits

In the middle of the end credits, there is a teaser scene from the next movie, Day Watch (2006) with Zavulon getting hit by a bus. See more »


Followed by Day Watch (2006) See more »


Written by Filip Chmyr, Aleksandr Kravtsov, Aleksandr Gorokh, and Stepan Bitus
Performed by Drum Ecstasy
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User Reviews

No masterpiece, but quite entertaining and imaginative
7 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie quite a lot; if you are into Jeunet-type fantasy, I would recommend that you see it. Overall, I would give it a rating of 7 out of 10. The reason for the Jeunet comparison (e.g. Delicatessen, City of Lost Children) is that it has the same dark antiutopian/surrealistic ambiance to it, and is very imaginative. It is also very elaborate in its style, which lends most of the appeal to the movie. This being said, the biggest disappointment of the movie is the plot, which is overly straightforward and simple-minded, but at least it does not devolve into some technical meaningless psycho-babble as many Hollywood fantasy movies do, and maintains its fairy-tale quality.

It is unfortunate that modern Russian cinematography seems to be chasing the success of Hollywood (which is ironic, given the country's negative attitude towards US in general and Hollywood in particular), but this movie benefits from Hollywood-style special effects, and is free of annoying clichés (unlike the atrociously pretentious "Barber of Siberia" - another recent style-heavy Russian blockbuster; sorry Mikhalkov).

To sum up, this movie is quite original, imaginative, stylish and at times visually stunning, which in my book constitutes success, but don't expect any depth of ideas.

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