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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 the 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

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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Storyline

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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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Diamond Arm See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film gained a cult status in the USSR after its release and after many years is still considered to be the number one comedy in Russia. 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

Lyolik: As our chief says, if a person is an idiot, it'll last a long time.
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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

References Kidnapping, Caucasian Style (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Ostrov Nevezeniya
("The Island of Bad Luck")
Written by Aleksandr Zatsepin and Leonid Derbenyov
Performed by Andrey Mironov
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Bright and honest snapshot of the socialist society.
29 December 2001 | by voldemar-1See all my reviews

It is a crime film with no cruelty, that presents a bright and very honest snapshot of the everyday life of an average soviet citizen and of his morale. The invasion of the capitalist valuables into the socialist society produces very funny situation. The film is not ideologically inclined: You feel sympathy towards both victims, criminals and police. You laugh both at human greediness, vices of the bureaucracy and the naivety of average Russians of that time. The film itself has influated the Russian language. Many of witty phrases from this film have already become proverbs.


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