An ordinary Soviet building manager, living in the 20th century, is extremely similar to a Tsar of All Rus' - Ivan IV the Terrible (1530-1584). He would never have known about this, but one day his neighbor created a time machine.
A young student Shurik comes to a remote mountainous region in search of ancient legends and traditions. Fooled by the corrupt local governor, he helps him to kidnap a beautiful young girl, but soon realizes what he's done.
It so happens that peaceful kindergarten teacher is incredibly similar to the terrible villain who stole the helmet of Alexander the Great. And villain's accomplices are unexpectedly similar to children - they also need love and care.
In a small log cabin in the forest, three friends - Coward, Dunce and Experienced - make moonshine for sale. Things are going well. After working, friends try an alcohol-containing product ... See full summary »
Injured on the job Vasily Kuzyakin gets a ticket to the resort. There he meets femme fatale Raisa Zakharovna, and once under the charm, moves to live with her. Unfortunately, a new life is not all that sweet as dreamed hapless Vasily.
Shurik Timofeev builds a working model of a time machine. By accident, Ivan Bunsha, an apartment complex manager, and George Miloslavsky, a petty burglar, are transferred to the 16th century Moscow, while Tsar Ivan the Terrible goes into the year 1973.Written by
Dmitry Zharkov <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The painting Ivan the Terrible is looking at in Shurik's flat is the painting "Ivan the Terrible killing his son" by Ilya Repin from 1885, describing an event that happened "on Friday, 16 November 1581". Ivan Ivanovich of Russia, Ivan the Terrible's son died actually on 19th November 1581. See more »
When Ivan the Terrible is talking to Zinaida nearby the time machine the position of vessels and the color of the fluid inside them changes between the shots. Also the water in the fish tank in the background the unclear and muddy in one shot and crystal clear in one shot in the next. See more »
This is one of the greatest comedies produced by the Soviet cinema. It continues to be hugely popular among Russian speaking people (who have all seen it). Even if one does not understand any Russian, the movie is quite watchable in subtitled versions.
The plot itself is a rather standard one about ordinary guys thrust into a strange culture with action and adventure. What makes the movie special is superb acting, witty dialog, good pacing, and engaging music.
This movie deserves a place along side other action-adventure comedies such as The Princess Bride.
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