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

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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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Vladimir Menshov ...
Valeriy Zolotukhin ...
Mariya Poroshina ...
Galina Tyunina ...
Yuriy Kutsenko ...
Ignat (as Gosha Kutsenko)
Aleksey Chadov ...
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Rimma Markova ...
Mariya Mironova ...
Mat Egora
Aleksey Maklakov ...
Aleksandr Samoylenko ...
Medved
Dmitriy Martynov ...
Egor (as Dima Martynov)
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Storyline

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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8 July 2004 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Guardianes de la noche  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$106,425 (USA) (17 February 2006)

Gross:

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

Originally, the film, as well as its sequels, was commissioned by Channel One as a four-part mini-series for television. The rushes impressed the executives so much that they decided the material merited big-screen treatment. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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 end credits are accompanied by a clip show of the movie in fast speed. The clip show is timed to the Russian end credits song "Nochnoi Dozor" by the band UmaTurman and corresponds with its lyrics. In the international version, the song has been replaced, however, the clip show is still the same. See more »

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Soundtracks

Yuzhnaya noch (Devochki-Malchiki tantsuyut)
("A Southern Night (The Girls and Boys Are Dancing)")
Written and performed by Zveri
Played when Anton is outside the subway station of Sviblovo
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Amazing and Unique: a compelling story with a breath-taking presentation

On the surface the story line appears to be standard Hollywood stock; a race of super-humans (called "Others") exists. The Others are divided into two camps: the keepers of the light and the army of darkness. 1,000 years ago they fought each other to a bloody stalemate and signed the Truce. The standard Hollywood story line stops there. The Truce has very specific terms and any individual caught violating the Truce faces severe consequences. Both sides continually cheat the Truce and bait each other to violate its terms so that they can catch and punish the guilty individuals. The most important rule of the Truce is that each Other must decide freely which camp they wish to join: the Light or the Dark.

The movie follows a boy who is destined to be the Great Other who will tip the balance of power to the camp he decides to join. The story is filled with stunning visuals and sound effects - think the best elements of The Matrix and Highlander with a bit of Sin City thrown in. All the characters are three dimensional and the actors' performances are superb. (A rarity in action films these days.) In Night Watch the line between good and evil is often blurred. The lead character struggles with what is a truly a moral action and what is not. Night Watch does not offer any easy answers to this question. After all, what is moral and what is not is something that each of us must decide freely for ourselves.

This is an incredible movie and is not one you have seen before. I highly recommend it.


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