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Amphibian Man (1962)

Chelovek-Amfibiya (original title)
People living in a seaside town are frightened by reports about an unknown creature in the ocean. Nobody knows what it is, but it's really the son of Doctor Salvator. The doctor performed ... See full summary »
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Complete credited cast:
Vladimir Korenev ... Ichtyandr Salvator (as V. Korenev)
Anastasiya Vertinskaya ... Guttiere Baltazar (as A. Vertinskaya)
Mikhail Kozakov ... Pedro Zurita (as M. Kozakov)
Nikolai Simonov ... doktor Salvator (as N. Simonov)
Anatoliy Smiranin Anatoliy Smiranin ... staryy Baltazar (as A. Smiranin)
Vladlen Davydov ... Olsen - zhurnalist (as V. Davydov)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Albert Antonyan Albert Antonyan ... Kristo (as A. Antonyan)
Nina Bolshakova Nina Bolshakova ... Pevitsa (as N. Bolshakova)
Anatoliy Ivanov ... (as A. Ivanov)
Valeri Kudryashov Valeri Kudryashov ... (as V. Kudryashov)
Nikolay Kuzmin ... matros Zurity (as N. Kuzmin)
Mikhail Medvedev Mikhail Medvedev ... Botsman (as M. Medvedev)
Yuriy Medvedev ... Torgovets ryboy (as Yu. Medvedev)
Anna Nikritina Anna Nikritina ... maty Zurity (as A. Nikritina)
Irina Orlik Irina Orlik ... (as A. Orlik)


People living in a seaside town are frightened by reports about an unknown creature in the ocean. Nobody knows what it is, but it's really the son of Doctor Salvator. The doctor performed surgery on his son and now young Ichtiandr can live underwater. This gives him certain advantages, but creates a lot of problems. Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi


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Massive box-office hit in USSR, it was seen by 65.5 million theater-goers. See more »


Gutiere Baltazar: [laughing] This must be love at first sight!
Ichtyandr Salvator: [simply] Is there any other kind of love?
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Referenced in The Shape of Water (2017) See more »


Ei, moryak
Performed by Nonna Sukhanova
Music by Andrei Petrov
Lyric by Solomon Fogelson
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A very odd but charming movie.
10 October 2002 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'Amphibian Man' is one of the oddest movies I've ever seen. From the title, and the initial premise - poor fishman and their families are frightened by an unknown monster they nickname "the sea devil" - you might think you're in for a 'Creature From The Black Lagoon' style monster movie, but this movie is a completely different thing. What kind of "thing" it is exactly is difficult to summarize, because I can't honestly think of any other movie I've seen which is quite like it. Technically SF, but more of a fantasy romance in execution. It is a very unusual but charming movie. The "monster" turns out to be the son of a local benevolent scientist who has had shark gills transplanted into his body and has a secret underwater life. He falls in love with the beautiful daughter of a local fisherman who has been betrothed to an ambitious cad she doesn't love. It is a marriage borne of economic necessity. Pretty soon Amphibian Man and Ambitious Cad clash and our hero finds himself persecuted, and eventually kidnapped. I really enjoyed this film, it has quite a unique, eccentric feel to it and has some genuinely touching moments, and even a song or two. The production values are quite impressive for the era, the premise is interestingly handled, and the acting is generally above average. I was fortunate enough to watch the Russian print with English subtitles. I believe there are some badly dubbed versions of this movie around so try and avoid those if you can and see the original to fully appreciate this little gem.

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Release Date:

3 January 1962 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

The Amphibian Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Laspi Cove, Crimea, Ukraine See more »

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Goskino, Lenfilm Studio See more »
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1.37 : 1
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