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Brilliantovaya ruka (1969)

An ordinary Soviet citizen accidentally intervenes into the huge operation of international criminal group that trades illegally obtained jewelry.

Director:

Leonid Gaidai
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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 »

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Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

Lyolik: Watch for the signal. As soon as he fells asleep, she'll turn the lights off.
Gennady: What if he leaves now?
Lyolik: Gesha, would you leave such a woman?
Gennady: Not me, but he is a faithful husband.
Lyolik: As our Boss says, there is no such a husband out there who wouldn't dream of being a bachelor again for at least an hour.
[Laughs hysterically]
Lyolik: Watch for the signal!
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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

Referenced in Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973) 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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non-Russians need not bother
17 September 1999 | by SMalamudSee all my reviews

This movie was never intended for foreign audiences. It is simply way too Russian (or too Soviet, actually) to be funny for anyone not familiar with the realities of local life. Most of the real comedy comes from Mironov and Papanov, who play hilarious villains on the track to recover stolen jewels, mistakenly put into Nikulin's arm cast. Russian-speaking audiences will enjoy Papanov's one-of-a-kind "Ukrainian" accent, but the jokes are too ethnic for anyone else to understand. Nikulin (a circus clown turned great comic actor) isn't particularly believable in an unfamiliar role of a good guy (his characters usually also were drunken and hilarious crooks), but turns in an adequate performance. Mironov is at his usual fast-talking, silly self, and Papanov is a riot. Mordyukova steals several scenes in a small role of a house superintendant, a towering woman with a thunderous voice. Overall, a terrific Soviet comedy, the kind they simply don't make anymore.


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