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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 ...
Viktor Verzhbitskiy ...
Rimma Markova ...
Mariya Mironova ...
Mat Egora
Aleksey Maklakov ...
Aleksandr Samoylenko ...
Dmitriy Martynov ...
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.

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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?


The novel "Night Watch" comprises three interconnected stories (as does every book in the "Watch" series). This film covers only one of them, the two others serving as a basis for the sequel. See more »


The episode of "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" (1997) that Yegor is watching skips to a different scene that happens much later in a matter of seconds. 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

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 »


Featured in Kak snimalsya 'Nochnoy dozor' (2004) See more »


Written by Sergei Shubin, Elena Kaufman (uncredited), and Gruzom (uncredited)
Performed by Biopsikhoz (uncredited), with Elena Kaufman (uncredited)
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Disarming and Marginally Effective Russian Vampire Romp
7 March 2006 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

"Night Watch" is far more entertaining than many of its American counterparts in the "secret underground world of vampires and good vs. evil" genre. Unlike "Underworld" and "Constantine" it kept my attention throughout, but still this Russian smash is severely flawed.

First, let's applaud the good parts. "Night Watch" is distinctly Russian. Moscow is presented as a vibrant mix of modern metropolis and Gothic-style throwback to the middle ages. The plot, heavily steeped in its own fabricated mythology from a series of popular books, also serves on some level as an allegory for the fall of Communism and the rise of Capitalism. In my mind, the forces of "dark" forced underground are the Communists, while the forces of "light" (whose HQ is fronted by the City Electric Company) are the Capitalists, who often get caught up in their own bureaucracy in their vain attempts to keep the peace and not violate the truce. Some of the special effects and modern riffs on vampirism are highly imaginative and disarming (I loved "The Gloom" aspect). The American distributors also deserve some credit for their creative use of subtitles which often become part of the scene without ever distracting from the visuals.

Unfortunately, the director is clearly a veteran of music videos, and he makes the action sequences hyper kinetic and often incoherent. When he does manage to create an alluring visual, he quick-cuts, and you wish he would've had the patience to hold some of the shots longer. This hectic visual style is evident in the plotting as well, which clearly is setting up for sequels with the introduction of many characters, though some of the subplots (especially involving the cursed virgin woman and her evil vortex) seemed unnecessary. Likewise, the rushed finale seemed oddly anti-climatic and didn't pack the wallop I feel the filmmakers intended.

Despite the flaws, I will eagerly await the American distribution of the sequels, and I suppose that is the greatest compliment a film like this can receive.

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