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

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Timur Bekmambetov (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
8 July 2004 (Belarus) See more »
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Tagline:
All That Stands Between Light And Darkness Is The Night Watch.
Plot:
A fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Konstantin Khabenskiy ... Anton
Vladimir Menshov ... Geser
Valeriy Zolotukhin ... Otets Kosti
Mariya Poroshina ... Svetlana
Galina Tyunina ... Olga
Yuriy Kutsenko ... Ignat (as Gosha Kutsenko)
Aleksey Chadov ... Kostya
Zhanna Friske ... Alisa

Ilya Lagutenko ... Andrey
Viktor Verzhbitskiy ... Zavulon
Rimma Markova ... Koldunya Darya
Mariya Mironova ... Mat Egora
Aleksey Maklakov ... Semyon
Aleksandr Samoylenko ... Medved
Dmitriy Martynov ... Egor (as Dima Martynov)
Anna Slyu ... Tigryonok
Anna Dubrovskaya ... Vampirsha
Sergey Prikhodko ... Pyotr
Igor Savochkin ... Maksim Ivanovich
Georgiy Dronov ... Tolik (as Egor Dronov)
Nikolay Olyalin ... Inkvizitor
Dmitriy Klokov
Dmitriy Osetrov ... Militsioner u vykhoda iz metro
Konstantin Murzenko ... Paren v metro
Anatoliy Gorin ... Rabotnik TETs
Lyudmila Yaronova
Aleksandr Shchurok
Nikolay Kiselev
Marina Ivanova
Viktor Ivanov (as Vitya Ivanov)
Polina Shchurok
Tatyana Shchankina ... Suevernaya passazhirka v samolete
Aleksandr Kozlov ... Muzh suevernoy passazhirki
Igor Pismennyy ... Passazhir samoleta
Viktoriya Smirnova
Sergey Kalashnikov
Ekaterina Malikova ... Styuardessa samoleta
Vladislav Anufriev (as Vladik Anufriev)
Yuriy Yakovlev ... Malchik (as Yura Yakovlev)
Ivan Popov (as Vanya Popov)
Aleksey Kurochkin (as Lyosha Kurochkin)
Yaroslav Romashenko (as Yarik Romashenko)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Yuri Lowenthal ... Kostya (voice: English version)

Darian Weiss ... Egor (voice: English version)
Blestyashchie ... Gerl-gruppa Alisy (uncredited)
Igor Gasparyan ... Voditel-kavkazets (uncredited)
Yuliya Kovalchuk ... Solistka gerl-gruppy Alisy (uncredited)
Igor Lifanov ... Presledovatel (uncredited)
Oleg Mokshantsev ... Pokupatel v supermarkete (uncredited)
Aleksandra Nazarova ... Mat Svetlany / Starushka na plyonke (uncredited)
Aleksey Neklyudov ... Zakadrovyy tekst (voice) (uncredited)
Kseniya Novikova ... Solistka gerl-gruppy Alisy (uncredited)
Anna Semenovich ... Solistka gerl-gruppy Alisy (uncredited)
Galina Stakhanova ... Starushka na plyonke (uncredited)
Stepan Starchikov ... Zakadrovyy golos (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Timur Bekmambetov 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Timur Bekmambetov (screenplay) and
Laeta Kalogridis (screenplay)

Sergey Lukyanenko (novel)

Produced by
Varvara Avdyushko .... executive producer (as Varvara Avdiushko)
Igor Bondarenko .... co-executive producer
Konstantin Ernst .... producer
Arthur Gorson .... executive producer: post-production
Aleksey Kublitskiy .... executive producer
Aleksei Kulibin .... supervising producer
Anatoliy Maksimov .... producer
Sook Yhun .... producer (english version)
 
Original Music by
Yuriy Poteenko 
 
Cinematography by
Sergey Trofimov 
 
Film Editing by
Dmitriy Kiselev 
 
Casting by
Tamara Odintsova 
 
Production Design by
Mukhtar Mirzakeyev 
Valeriy Viktorov  (as Valera Viktorov)
 
Art Direction by
Valeriy Viktorov  (as Valera Viktorov)
 
Costume Design by
Varvara Avdyushko  (as Varvara Avdiushko)
 
Production Management
Reece Ewing .... post-production supervisor (as Larry Ewing)
 
Sound Department
Bob Bowman .... assistant sound editor
Andy D'Addario .... sound re-recording mixer
Pavel Doreuli .... sound effects
Marc Fishman .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Tony Lamberti .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Aaron Levy .... sound recordist
Donald Lyles .... sound recordist
Jon Mete .... supervising sound editor
Jon Title .... sound editor
Karen Vassar Triest .... sound editor (as Karen Vassar)
 
Special Effects by
Ilya Churinov .... pyrotechnician
Pyotr Gorshenin .... special effects
Angela Petrosyan .... special effects producer
 
Visual Effects by
Denis Alymov .... animator
Evgeny Barulin .... visual effects supervisor
Stas Basko .... visual effects artist
Roman Bazyuchenko .... visual effects supervisor
Oleg Belyaev .... digital compositor
Gregory Chalenko .... digital compositor: Bazelevs
Nick Damico .... visual effects
Sergey Denisov .... visual effects supervisor: Dr.PICTURE Studios
Arkadiy Dubinin .... additional visual effects
Yaroslav Dyachenko .... digital compositor
Andrey Emelyanov .... digital artist
Evgeniy Gittsigrat .... animator: Ulitka
Aleksandr Gorokhov .... visual effects producer
Pavel Khanyutin .... visual effects supervisor
Max Kirienko .... visual effects supervisor
Vadim Kirillin .... computer graphics artist
Oleksandr Kucherov .... visual effects artist
Viktor Lakisov .... animation supervisor
Vladimir Leschinski .... visual effects supervisor
Dan Lopez .... visual effects
Nikolay Malyshev .... digital compositor
Andrey Mesnyankin .... visual effects supervisor
Oleksii Moskalenko .... visual effects supervisor
Andrei V. Nikitin .... visual effects art director
Ruslan Ogorodnik .... visual effects supervisor
Pavel Perepyolkin .... visual effects art director
Angela Petrosyan .... visual effects producer
Dmitry Robustov .... research & development
Dmitry Shumkin .... digital artist
Kirill Skaletski .... digital effects artist
Maksim Sychev .... computer graphics artist
Greg Tsadilas .... digital effects artist
Ilya Vostrov .... modeler
Johnny Wilson .... visual effects
Sergei Zadorozhny .... digital artist
Robert Lang .... 2K data colourist (uncredited)
Chris Wallace .... 2K data colourist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Dmitriy Tarasenko .... fight choreographer
Sergei Vorobyov .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Elena Ivanova .... director of photography: second unit
Nikolay Litvinov .... Steadicam operator
 
Editorial Department
Dan Aguilar .... digital intermediate editor
Tuija Kotamäki .... negative cutter
Jonathan Slater .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Norik Basegian .... musician: duduk
Nadezhda Chibisova .... musician: piano solo
Alexei Rudnevsky .... chorus director
Jim Schultz .... music editor
Aleksandr Vedernikov .... conductor
 
Other crew
Severi Glanville .... 2K data recordist (uncredited)
Mika Kongas .... 2k data recordist (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nochnoy dozor" - Russia (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images and language
Runtime:
114 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: First we see the subway train passing the station name "Botanicheskij Sad (Botanical Garden)" on the wall and then we hear the announcement that the NEXT station will be "Botanicheskij Sad".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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Soundtrack:
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139 out of 254 people found the following review useful.
Night Watch is better watched at night, 19 November 2004
Author: Igor Shvetsov (i.shvetsov@gmail.com) from Lusaka, Zambia

I was reluctant to see this film for so long.

It was mainly in defiance towards that frantic promotion campaign positioning it as the first ever "unrivalled Russian blockbuster" and "a groundbreaking achievement of the decade".

The soundtrack is annoyingly offered for the cell phones: you saw the movie - now set your ringtone to the Night Watch terrific score!

Now it is allegedly considered as the most possible nominee for the Academy Award, while American either remake or sequel is underway.

A real misfortune of the contemporary Russian cinema is that hardly concealed inferiority complex. Some filmmakers no longer shoot movies just to entertain the moviegoers. They strive with their last bit of strength in pursuit of the ultimate goal: TO MAKE AN EXCEPTIONAL FILM THAT WOULD BLOW UP THE Hollywood.

I don't really much incline to the idea that we are somehow aesthetically and culturally above the rest of the world and that we should obligatory go our own way.

But I'm afraid that the efforts to prove, at any cost, that WE ALSO CAN DO A COOL STUFF with bells and whistles, (at least not worse than the "big guys") may be not exactly the right path to the top.

Well, it's a way better than the arms race, but a work of art falls into somewhat self-sufficient category and shouldn't be an object of that sort of competition.

I believe a film doesn't have to bear a specific nationality. Once it is considered irrespective of the country of origin, and could be valued purely as is, just for it's inner virtues, it may look much more appealing.

To be honest, all that my reasoning, however, refers to the hysteria around the Night Watch, rather than to the film itself.

Unexpectedly to myself, I've bought an occasional (licensed) DivX with the Night Watch just to test MPEG4 capabilities of a DVD player.

And I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. I found it rather atmospheric, gripping and engaging as well as neatly produced. I may say I liked it.

The cast was great, acting - almost impeccable and not over the top (what frequently degrades modern Russian fantasy, sci-fi or action movies). Some dialogues, nevertheless, could have been a bit more articulate.

The cinematography was equally nice - I liked that fancy shooting angles and professional camera-work. Effects were descent and balanced.

The closing titles background song was pretty cool. Frankly I'm not so much enthusiastic about that sort of tiresome music. What is really awesome about the song is its humorous lyrics embracing the entire movie plot.

The idea of the film/book is quite interesting (though not brand new). Numerous dark forces lurk somewhere in a parallel world unseen to unsophisticated humans. Until the time when some of their most villainous representatives would be eager to play with their unsuspecting victims. It is, however, contrary to a certain pact between the good and the evil specifying that both good and evil doings should be controlled and approved by both parties that have established for that reason the respective teams of guardians, the Night Watch and the Day Watch.

Entirely new for the movies with such kind of a pleasant premise is that none has ever got killed, except for a handful of malefactors (like that stoned bloodsucker). Just some pinpoint accurate destructions here and there, minor violence and mild torture. A close-up shot of the finger pinned for a blood sample was the only scene that made my temporal vein twitch of disgust. Menshov's healer-like manipulations with Khabensky's entrails were impressively staged.

A serious drawback of the film is the lack of explanation on some principle points. It's not that the philosophy was too complex for my convolutions. But the coherency of the storytelling was impaired at times. Like certain chunks of the film have been lost among leftovers on the cutting room's floor.

My son, familiar with the Lukyanenko's novel, was giving brief tips in the course of the action, which were conducive to the overall comprehensibility.

Final verdict: not for all tastes, but refreshing and worth watching, at least once.

P.S. Amazingly, the majority of the IMDb positive reviews comes from overseas audience, while the Russian reviewers lash the Night Watch with a scathing sarcasm.

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