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Romansa konjokradice (1971)

In 1905, Polish horse thieves living near the Russian border find their livelihoods threatened by the new Russo-Japanese conflict because the Russian army requisitions all horses and forcibly conscripts all men for the war.

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... Captain Stoloff
... Kifke
... Naomi
... Estusha
... Schloime Kradnik
... Sigmund
... Mendel (as Henri Sera)
... Countess Grabowsky
... Manka
Branko Plesa ... Lt. Vishinsky
Vladimir Bacic ... Gruber
Branko Spoljar ... Strugatch
Alenka Rancic ... Sura
Dina Rutic ... Cheitche
Eugen Verber ... (as Eugen Werber)
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Since time immemorial, the simple-minded boisterous people of Malava, a small Polish town near the border of imperial Russia, have lived on horse-stealing, horse-trading and horse-smuggling. Life changes abruptly when a Russian garrison, commanded by Captain Stoloff, occupies the town and, in the name of the Czar, requisitions all the horses for the Russian-Japanese War. With no more horses to steal, Kifke cannot afford to marry Estusha and all the young men in the village are likely to be incorporated into the Russian army. This state of affairs cannot continue and Zavill will take care of things. Written by Guy Bellinger

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When we said ENJOY! We meant just that! Romance of a Horsethief is a fun picture. Whether you're romantic or not, whether you're a horsethief or not, this is a movie that is adventure and love and joyous fun for all ages and all lovers of fine entertainment. Steal a horse and trot right over. See more »


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18 August 1971 (USA)  »

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Yul Brynner would become the godfather to Charlotte Gainsbourg, the daughter of co-stars Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin. See more »

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Kifke: You look like you've been to Paris and back.
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At Least Eli Wallach Looks Like He's Having Fun
16 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Eli Wallach steals horses from the army's herds. The army steals horses from everyone else. David Opatoshu sells horses he knows he doesn't have so his sister can have a dowry and make a good marriage; and hot revolutionary Jane Birkin wears a white lace dress to a secret meeting in a muddy field -- I suppose the servants will clean it. This movie doesn't seem to me a story so much as a slice of life, and its contradictory absurdities less funny than the sort of disorganized thinking that comes with the Us-Against-Them mentality, reflected in the set design and trying to sneak a stolen horse out of a brothel by having Lainie Kazan expose her decolletage to Yul Brynner.

This absurd and old-fashioned comedy about Cossacks and Jews might have been a minor success played by the Yiddisher Bund in Warsaw in 1935 ( my grandfather's second wife would have had fun in the Lainie Kazan role), or on 2nd Avenue in New York. By 1971, if the audience wanted to see something about Jews in Tsarist Russia, they could see FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, which was a lot more approachable.


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