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The Sword and the Dragon (1956)

Ilya Muromets (original title)
A mythical knight goes on an epic journey and fights barbarian hordes in an ancient land.

Director:

Aleksandr Ptushko

Writer:

Mikhail Kochnev
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Andreyev ... Ilja Muromets
Shukur Burkhanov ... Tsar Kalin
Andrei Abrikosov ... Prince Vladimir [Prince Vanda, US]
Natalya Medvedeva ... Princess Apraksia (as N. Medvedeva)
Ninel Myshkova ... Vasilisa [Vilya, US] (as Nelli Myshkova)
Sergey Martinson ... Mishatychka (as Sergei Martinson)
Georgi Dyomin Georgi Dyomin ... Dobrynya Nikitich
Aleksandr Shvorin ... Sokolnichek
Nikolay Glazkov Nikolay Glazkov ... Plenchishye
Vladimir Solovyov ... Kassyan (as V. Solovyov)
Mikhail Pugovkin ... Razumets
Sergey Stolyarov ... Aljoscha Popovich
Shamshi Tyumenbayev ... (as Sh. Tyumenbayev)
Sadykbek Dzhamanov Sadykbek Dzhamanov ... Sartak (as S. Dzhamanov)
Vsevolod Tyagushev ... Sbrodovich (as V. Tyagushev)
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Storyline

Ilya is a cripple without the use of his legs. When he aids some weary travellers, they surprise him by giving him a potion that restores his legs. He immediately becomes powerful and sets off to prove himself to his King. Doing so, he fights the evil Tugars, a wind demon that looks like a cross between a goblin and The Noid, a zeppelin-like ambassador, and the evil Tugars. Ilya gets framed for a crime he didn't commit, then is freed, then finally dispatches the Tugars and their dragon. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Genres:

Fantasy

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

16 November 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sword and the Dragon See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Mosfilm, this production used 106,000 extras and 11,000 horses. See more »

Alternate Versions

A video release includes an American-made video (as opposed to film) prologue with an American family. The purpose of the prologue seems to have been to encourage younger viewers to read. See more »

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Those wacky Russians do it again!!
28 May 2001 | by raymondo1960See all my reviews

I really love the quirky nature of these Russian fairy tale films. Nutzoid english dubbing only enhances the warp factor (The US version entitled 'The Sword and the Dragon' even has Mike Wallace as a narrator) The characters are often quite bizarre (The makeup job on the wind demon is just too much, and I'm in love with the sword slinging dancing girl near the end of the film) Top it off with nifty puppetry (the dragon seems to clearly have been the inspiration for Japan's Ghidrah) makes this a true gem of kidvid madness!! I can't wait for the letterboxed Russian restoration which is scheduled to appear on DVD the end of 2001!!!


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