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Epic about Cossacks in the Siberian province of Dauria. Cossacks are living in their village like one big family under the guidance of a strong leader - Ataman.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vitali Solomin ... Roman Ulybin
Petr Shelokhonov ... Severian Ulybin
Yefim Kopelyan
Mikhail Kokshenov
Vasiliy Shukshin ... Vasili Ulybin
Vera Kuznetsova
Arkadi Trusov
Yuriy Solomin
Viktor Pavlov
Svetlana Golovina Svetlana Golovina
Boris Arakelov
Yevgeni Malyantsev Yevgeni Malyantsev ... (as Zhenya Malyantsev)
Fyodor Odinokov
Lyubov Malinovskaya ... Agrafena Kozulina
Yuriy Nazarov


Epic about Cossacks in the Siberian province of Dauria. Set in the time of World War I and the Russian revolution of 1917. Cossacks are living like one big family under the guidance of a strong leader - Ataman (Kopelyan). Young Cossack Roman Ulybin (V. Solomin) is in love with beautiful Dashutka (Golovina). Roman is asking his father Severian Ulybin (Shelokhonov) to send a Matchmaker before it's too late. But a wealthy crook has already hired the Matchmaker, and his son gets married at the lavish traditional wedding with singing, dancing and drinking in the Russian style. So, frustrated Roman Ulybin leaves his father's home and joins the communist revolutionaries. And, after the revolution the villagers are suffering a cascade of troubles. Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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Soviet Union



Release Date:

8 May 1972 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Dauria See more »

Filming Locations:

Chita, Russia See more »


Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Over 100 horses were used in the film. All leading actors were trained horseback riding Cossack style. The training took place in Leningrad and in Estonia during 1969 and 1970. See more »

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Interesting depiction of rural Russia
16 December 2009 | by gaidar69See all my reviews

A very interesting depiction of rural Russia, this epic film shows Russian Cossacks living in Siberia. The main theme is a beautiful and tragic love story between young Cossack Roman Ulybin (V. Solomin) and Dashutka (Golovina). Roman is asking his father Severian Ulybin (Shelokhonov) to send a Matchmaker, but a merchant's son has more money, so he takes the girl. The lavish traditional wedding with singing, dancing and drinking in the Russian style is among the best wedding scenes in Russian film. Next comes the Russian Civil War between the Reds and Whites and the movie takes us to some dramatic battles. Good director and a nice ensemble of leading Russian actors make this movie a collectors item.

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