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Sadko (1953)

Arriving home to find his native land under the yoke of corrupt merchants, an adventurer named Sadko sets sail in search of a mythical bird of happiness.


Aleksandr Ptushko
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Complete credited cast:
Sergey Stolyarov ... Sadko
Alla Larionova ... Lyubava
Ninel Myshkova ... Princess of Lake Ilmen (as Y. Myshkova)
B. Surovtsev B. Surovtsev ... Ivashka the boy
Mikhail Troyanovskiy ... Trifon
Nadir Malishevsky ... Vyashta the Giant (as N. Malishevsky)
Nikolay Kryuchkov ... Omelyan Danilovich
Ivan Pereverzev ... Timofey Larionovich
Yuri Leonidov Yuri Leonidov ... Kuzma Larionovich
Lev Fenin ... Varangian Leader (as L. Fenin)
Mikhail Astangov ... Maharaja (as M. Astangov)
Lidiya Vertinskaya Lidiya Vertinskaya ... The Phoenix (as L. Vertinskaya)
Stepan Kayukov ... Neptune
Olga Viklandt ... Neptuna (as O. Vikland)
Sergey Martinson ... The Monk (as Sergei Martinson)


An oddly Russian Sinbad seeks to bring happiness to his people - first by trying to give money and goods to the poor, then by seeking out the Blue Bird of Happiness. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Adventure | Fantasy


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The original Russian version was a musical fantasy based on an opera by Rimsky-Korsakov. See more »

Crazy Credits

(U.S. version) A Moss-Film Production (It was produced by Russia's Mosfilm studios) See more »

Alternate Versions

This film was released in the United States in an edited and dubbed version as "The Magic Voyage of Sinbad" (1962). The approximately ten minutes of footage deleted from the film was basically musical and dancing scenes. False credits were created to hide the fact that this was made in Russia. See more »

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masterpiece of the fantastic
21 March 2002 | by junagadh75See all my reviews

_Sadko_ is a masterpiece of cinematic fantasy - there doesn't seem to be one frame that doesn't enthral, and the recreations of medieval Ukraine and India are unsurpassed by any other historical/fantasy film. The dubbed American version, _The Magic Voyage of Sinbad_, is a bit of a travesty, but I recently saw the complete Russian version with subtitles at a Ptushko retrospective which was going around the country, so it may soon be possible to finally get the real thing on video.

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Release Date:

1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magic Voyage of Sinbad See more »

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Mosfilm See more »
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Color (Magicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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