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Alexander Nevsky (1938)

Aleksandr Nevskiy (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Biography, Drama | 22 March 1939 (USA)
The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights.

Directors:

Sergei M. Eisenstein (as S. Eisenstein), Dmitriy Vasilev (as D. Vasilyev)

Writers:

Sergei M. Eisenstein (as S. Eisenstein), Pyotr Pavlenko (as P. Pavlenko)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nikolay Cherkasov ... Aleksandr Nevsky (as N. Cherkasov)
Nikolai Okhlopkov Nikolai Okhlopkov ... Vasili Buslai (as N. Okhlopkov)
Andrei Abrikosov ... Gavrilo Oleksich (as A. Abrikosov)
Dmitriy Orlov ... Ignat - the Master Armorer (as D. Orlov)
Vasili Novikov ... Pavsha - Governor of Pskov (as V. Novikov)
Nikolai Arsky Nikolai Arsky ... Domash Tverdislavich - a Novgorod Boyar (as N. Arsky)
Varvara Massalitinova ... Amelfa Timoferevna - Buslai's Mother (as V. Massalitova)
Valentina Ivashova ... Olga Danilovna - a Maid of Novgorod (as V. Ivashova)
Aleksandra Danilova ... Vasilisa - a Maid of Pskov (as A. Danilova)
Vladimir Yershov Vladimir Yershov ... Von Balk - Grand Master of the Teutonic Order (as V. Yershov)
Sergei Blinnikov ... Tverdilo - Traitorous Mayor of Pskov (as S. Blinnikov)
Ivan Lagutin Ivan Lagutin ... Anani - a Monk (as I. Lagutin)
Lev Fenin ... The Archbishop (as L. Fenin)
Naum Rogozhin Naum Rogozhin ... The Black-Hooded Monk (as N. Rogozhin)
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Storyline

It is the 13th century, and Russia is overrun by foreign invaders. A Russian knyaz', or prince, Alexander Nevsky, rallies the people to form a ragtag army to drive back an invasion by the Teutonic knights. This is a true story based on the actual battle at a lake near Novgorod. Written by Gene Volovich <volovich@netcom.com>

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Taglines:

The mighty epic of 13th Century Russia...of the "Battle on the Ice" when the invading German hordes led by the Teutonic Knights were driven from the soil of Russia - forever. See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Sergei Prokofiev composed the score for the film and re-worked it into the cantata "Aleksandr Nevskiy". In 1995 the music was re-recorded for a VHS and laserdisc release of the film because of the poor quality and bad editing in the original, though the dialogue was left unchanged. See more »

Goofs

Alexander Nevsky's helmet changes several times from one with eye protectors (looking like glasses) to one with just a nose protector. See more »

Quotes

Vasili Buslai: [sulkily because Alexander has previously scolded him] Who will command the vanguard?
Alexandr Nevsky: You will! You ran all night, now by day you'll make a stand!
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Crazy Credits

Before the word "End" appears Alexandr Nevsky's famous quote "But those who come to us sword in hand will die by the sword! On that Russia stands and forever will we stand!" appears on the screen, right after Nevsky said it in the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

A 109-minute version distributed by Janus Films and broadcast on the IFC channel in 2006 carries a 1986 date by Mosfilm, and has a lot more credited crew listed than is currently in the IMDb database. Most are untranslated and requires familiarity with the Crillic alphabet to read and a knowledge of Russian to translate. One significant translated addition is Vladinir Lugovskoi as lyricist (and he perhaps is Vladimir Lurovski). Of those names currently in the IMDb database, the following changes were noted: Sergei M. Eisenstein (as S.M. Eisenstein), Pyotr Pavlenko (as P.A. Pavlenko), Dmitriy Vasilev (as D.I. Vasilyev), Esfir Tobak (as E. Tobak),Iosif Shpinel (as I. Shpinel), Nikolai Solovyov (as N. Solovyov), Konstantin Eliseev (as K. Yeliseyev), Valentina Kuznetsova (as V. Kuznetsova), Boris Ivanov (as B. Ivanov), Nikolai Maslov (as Nikolai Maslov), Valeri Popov (as V. Popov), Boris Volsky (as B. Volsky), Nikolai Bolshakov (as N. Bolshakov), Sergei Uralov (as S. Uralov) and Elena S. Telesheva (as E. Telesheva). See more »

Connections

Referenced in First Squad: The Moment of Truth (2009) See more »

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An epic lost to time
7 June 2010 | by supernmaSee all my reviews

I'd like to first say that the version of the film I saw had some of the worst audio-visual quality I've ever had to endure. The sound effects and voice literally sounded like static on my television, and the picture was washed and fuzzy. Therefore, I probably did not experience the film the way it was meant to be seen, and as a result my opinion of it has been tainted.

"Alexander Nevsky" is a decent propaganda picture released during Stalin's reign over the Soviet Union. It is filled with patriotism and proud declaration of Russia's greatness and willingness to fight. However, much of this enthusiasm didn't carry over for me, and I felt very lost and detached the entire film (again, most-likely due to the technical quality of the DVD). Also, the translation and subtitles were awful and made it even harder to follow the film. However, it did have one long, rousing battle sequence that surely set the standard for many to come, and a memorable score added to the excitement. Overall though, it was all a bit underwhelming for me.

I can only hope for a newly restored, updated version to be released some day so that I can fully enjoy the film the way it was meant to be enjoyed.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

22 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,226
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Company Credits

Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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