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Don Kikhot (1957)

PG | | Drama | 20 January 1961 (USA)
Senor Quexana has read so many books on chivalry that he believes that he is the knight Don Quixote de la Mancha. So Don Quixote sets off on his horse, accompanied by his squire Sancho ... See full summary »


Grigoriy Kozintsev
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Nikolay Cherkasov ... Don Quixote de la Mancha / Alonso Quixano (as N. Cherkasov)
Yuriy Tolubeev ... Sancho Panza (as Yu. Tolubeyev)
Serafima Birman ... Ekonomka (as S. Birman)
Svetlana Grigoreva Svetlana Grigoreva ... plemyannitsa Don Quijota
Vladimir Maksimov Vladimir Maksimov ... Svyashchennik (as V. Maksimov)
Viktor Kolpakov ... Tsyryulnik (as V. Kolpakov)
Lyudmila Kasyanova ... Aldonsa - Dulcinea del Toboso (as L. Kasyanova)
Tamilla Agamirova ... Altisidora (as T. Agamirova)
Georgiy Vitsin ... Sanson Carrasco (as G. Vitsin)
Bruno Frejndlikh ... Gertsog (as V. Freindlich)
Lidiya Vertinskaya Lidiya Vertinskaya ... Gertsoginya (as LL. Vertinskaya)
Galina Volchek ... Maritornes (as G. Volchek)
Olga Viklandt ... Krestyanka (as O. Vikland)
Aleksandr Benyaminov ... Pastukh (as A. Beniaminov)
S. Tsomayev S. Tsomayev ... Andres - pastushonok


Senor Quexana has read so many books on chivalry that he believes that he is the knight Don Quixote de la Mancha. So Don Quixote sets off on his horse, accompanied by his squire Sancho Panza on a mule, to perform valiant deeds. They mistakenly save the Lady Altisidora who is so amused that she invites them to visit the Duke to provide some merriment at court. Among other deeds, Don Quixote frees some prisoners, who then turn upon him, and Don Quixote attacks a windmill that he imagines is a monstrous wizard. Written by Will Gilbert

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The Gaunt, Gallant Knight Rides Again...! See more »




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Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

When each opening credit appears, it is wiped away by the animated sail of a windmill, in a somewhat similar manner to the opening credits to "Man of La Mancha" (1972). See more »


Referenced in Letter from Siberia (1958) See more »

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Mature film by a great director
4 July 2006 | by donelan-1See all my reviews

Kozintsev was one of the great Russian directors, whose career started in the silent era. His star, Nikolai Cherkasov, played a hero who used brains as well as brawn in Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky, and a politician who becomes almost demoniacally subtle and unscrupulous in Ivan the Terrible. As Don Quixote, he plays the would-be knight-errant with such quiet dignity that his delusions begin to seem preferable to the reality around him. Sancho Panza, as solid and earthy as his master is gaunt and unworldly, shows up the nobles who amuse themselves by playing along with Don Quixote's delusions as even more deluded and out of touch with reality. One can't help seeing a reference to Soviet society, perhaps too subtle for the censors to catch. This film, as well as Kozintsev's Hamlet and King Lear, are overdue for release on DVD in the United States.

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Release Date:

20 January 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don Quixote See more »

Filming Locations:

Crimea, Ukraine

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Production Co:

Lenfilm Studio See more »
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Color | Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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