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Nochnoy dozor (2004)

A fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle.

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Valeriy Zolotukhin ...
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Galina Tyunina ...
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Ignat (as Gosha Kutsenko)
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Aleksey Maklakov ...
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Egor (as Dima Martynov)
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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 {armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de}

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


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

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3 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Guardianes de la noche  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

RUR 80,740,175 (Russia) (11 July 2004)

Gross:

$1,487,477 (USA) (30 April 2006)
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Official selection from Russia for the Academy Awards of 2005. See more »

Goofs

When Anton passes a grumpy old woman in the subway she first stands with her back to him, then in a blink she is facing him, then she is facing the opposite direction again. See more »

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[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

The intro credits for the Russian version are shown during the swimming pool scene and the succeeding scene where Anton gets a phone call. The title credits interact with the surroundings, (e.g., flow like blood in the water). See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Boginya: kak ya polyubila (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Moskovskiye okna
("The Windows of Moscow")
Music by Tikhon Khrennikov
Lyrics by Mikhail Matusovsky (as M.L. Matusovsky)
Performed by Mikhail Novokhizhin (uncredited)
Featured in scenes which are only in the original Channel One Russia release: when Ignat dances with Sveta and when a husband and wife are talking on the plane
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Great film with a well created mythology
28 July 2005 | by (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a very very entertaining film. It has some nice special effects for a film with such a small budget. Great acting by some believable actors. Great dialogue. Cool, fun action sequences. But the real backbone of this film is the mythology upon which the whole plot lies.

The mythology created by the original author upon which the film is based, belongs up there with the great ones like Lucas' Star Wars, the Wachowski brothers' Matrix, Tolkien's LOTR, Herbert's Dune. It just has that kind of history and interesting terms and names and events that make you go, "Wow! What's that all about?...That is so cool! I wanna learn more! Wouldn't be cool to live in that universe?" The funny thing for me though, is that this mythology, is a "vampire" related mythology. And since reading the Anne Rice novels and her well described history of the vampires, I have not been able to accept anyone else's interpretation of vampires. Kate Beckinsale in Underworld...no! And even though I think that the acting and writing for Buffy the Vampire Slayer was some of the best stuff on television, I just did not think that their treatment of vampire mythology was up to standard. But here in Night Watch...it worked! I thought that this was a tremendous film and enjoyed it greatly. I would absolutely recommend it, especially if you like any of the above mythical worlds, and are looking to get yourself into another one. Can't wait for the sequels!


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