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The Diamond Arm (1969)

Brilliantovaya ruka (original title)
PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | November 1998 (USA)
An ordinary Soviet citizen accidentally intervenes into a huge operation of international criminal group that trades illegally obtained jewelry.

Director:

Leonid Gaidai

Writers:

Moris Slobodskoy (screenplay by), Yakov Kostyukovskiy (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yuriy Nikulin ... Semyon Semyonych Gorbunkov / Senya
Nina Grebeshkova ... Nadezhda Gorbunkova
Andrey Mironov ... Gennady Kozodoev
Anatoliy Papanov ... Lyolik
Stanislav Chekan ... Captain Mikhail Ivanovich
Vladimir Gulyaev ... Lieutenant Volodya
Nonna Mordyukova ... Superintendent
Svetlana Svetlichnaya ... Anna Sergeyevna
Roman Filippov ... Man in the Restaurant
Grigoriy Shpigel ... Main Foreign Smuggler
Leonid Kanevskiy ... Assisstant Foreign Smuggler
Igor Yasulovich ... Dog Owner
Maksim Nikulin Maksim Nikulin ... Boy, 'Walking on Water'
Aleksandra Lisyutina Aleksandra Lisyutina ... Gorbunkov's Daughter (as Sashenka)
Aleksandr Khvylya ... Weeping Willow' Maitre dHotel
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Semyon Gorbunkov goes on a cruise. In Istanbul, he slips and breaks his arm. What he didn't know is that this was a signal for a gang of smugglers (a real smuggler - Gena - was also on board the same ship). So his arm gets bandaged with gold and diamonds. After he returns home, the gangsters are trying to get their stuff back, while the police try to catch them using Gorbunkov and his arm. Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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Trivia

The scenes in the "Eastern city" were to be shot in Turkey. However, the director Leonid Gaidai decided to shoot this part of the film in Baku (Azerbaijan, USSR) due to limited financial resources. See more »

Goofs

While the filmmakers took care to correctly dot the capital I in the pharmacy name CHIKANUK, the first two letters are wrong. The "ch" sound is spelled Ç (C-cedilla) in Turkish. See more »

Quotes

Semyon Gorbunkov: I'm not a coward. But I'm scared.
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Crazy Credits

The summary of the first part of the movie, written in an extremely small and blurry font, races through the screen in a matter of two seconds. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Starye pesni o glavnom 2 (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Pesnya o zaytsakh
("A song about hares")
Written by Aleksandr Zatsepin and Leonid Derbenyov
Performed by Yuriy Nikulin
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The best Russian comedy ever
21 December 2005 | by ndavydovSee all my reviews

Perfect from the first till the last minute. Not a single word in this movie said in vain - this is absolute masterpiece of comedy. But I do not believe that it is possible to translate it properly into English - so, you have to know Russian language (and you've got to have a good idea of Russian realities of 70th) to be able to fully enjoy it. This movie was, I believe, the first soviet comedy which contained a short "sexual" scene (topless actress shot from behind). Many lines from this film are now living their own lives - you can hear quotations on TV, in people talks, in other movies - while some of those who uses it do not remember the words origin. Must have, must see - anyway!


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

November 1998 (USA) See more »

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Mosfilm See more »
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