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Vsadnik po imeni Smert (2004)

In pre-Soviet Russia, Boris Savinkov leads a terrorist faction of Socialist-Revolutionary Party members responsible for the deaths of governors and ministers.

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Erna
Artyom Semakin ...
Rostislav Bershauer ...
Fyodor (as R. Bershauer)
Anastasiya Makeeva ...
Elena
Aleksey Kazakov ...
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Azef
Valeriy Storozhik ...
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Dmitriy Gusev ...
Gashkes
Vasiliy Zotov ...
The Grand Prince Sergei Aleksandrovich
Anna Gorshkova ...
Rogoznikova
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In pre-Soviet Russia, Boris Savinkov leads a terrorist faction of Socialist-Revolutionary Party members responsible for the deaths of governors and ministers.

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22 April 2004 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

The Rider Named Death  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,438, 20 March 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,438, 20 March 2005
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Vanya: To me, the revolution is terror. I believe in terror.
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Intriguing, but flawed
5 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

"A Rider Named Death" is a political thriller focusing on a small terror cell in 1905 Russia.

The film is certainly interesting, as it examines the nihilism that lies beneath the bombers' "principled" violence. However, it suffers from an reluctance to probe these motives too deeply. Character development is neglected in favor of building atmosphere. Of the film's characters, only George and Vanya are three-dimensional. Vanya in particular is one of the film's highlights, a contradictory figure whose fervor for revolution is tempered by his Christian values of love and peace.

However, this atmosphere is one of the film's great joys. It depicts late Czarist Russia as a nonstop carnival for the wealthy and nonstop drudgery for the poor. It is a shame that the filmmakers did not spend enough time developing it.


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