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Ninotchka (1939)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 23 November 1939 (USA)
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A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Charles Brackett (screen play), Billy Wilder (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Greta Garbo ... Ninotchka
Melvyn Douglas ... Leon
Ina Claire ... Swana
Bela Lugosi ... Razinin
Sig Ruman ... Iranoff (as Sig Rumann)
Felix Bressart ... Buljanoff
Alexander Granach ... Kopalski
Gregory Gaye ... Rakonin
Rolfe Sedan ... Hotel Manager
Edwin Maxwell ... Mercier
Richard Carle ... Gaston
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Storyline

Only the royal suite at the grandest hotel in Paris has a safe large enough for the jewels of the Grand Duchess Swana. So the three Russians who have come to sell the jewels settle into the suite until a higher ranking official is dispatched to find out what is delaying the sale. She is Ninotchka, a no nonsense woman who fascinates Count Leon who had been the faithful retainer of the Grand Duchess. The Grand Duchess will give up all claim to the jewels if Ninotchka will fly away from the count. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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(Don't Pronounce It -- See It!) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »

Goofs

When ordering cigarettes, one negotiator is beside the desk and two in front, but then it changes to two beside and one in front. See more »

Quotes

Ninotchka: When I kissed you, I betrayed a Russian ideal. I should be stood up against the wall.
Leon: Would that make you feel better?
Ninotchka: Much better.
[as she stands against the wall, Leon ties a handkerchief over her eyes, opens a Champaign bottle, and as it loudly pops she slumps to the floor]
Ninotchka: I have paid the penalty.
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Alternate Versions

In June 1963, the film was re-released in Spain, with a new dubbing and a completely new score with classic music added in scenes that didn't have any kind of music in the original version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Warner at War (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

I Found Romance
(1939)
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Lyrics by Earl Bent
Orchestration by Wally Heglin
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A great movie -- timeless
27 December 2004 | by rcohen-7See all my reviews

This is a fantastic movie. I can't understand why some people have problems with it. Makes me wonder if we don't have some people recoiling at some innocent cracks made at the Soviet Union's expense. As a romantic comedy it has very few peers and is a great introduction to black and white films for those used only to color. There are a plethora of interesting secondary characters. Garbo is wonderful, of course, and Dougless is as good as I've seen him any film. Lubitsch's direction is masterly, but not 'ground-breaking', a fault for which some are willing to run him under the harrow -- a case of holding someone to impossible standards. Nobody can break new ground in every film -- sometimes we have to settle for mere masterly competence. See this film! Unless you happen to romanticize the former Soviet Union, you will enjoy it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

23 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ninotchka See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,365,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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