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Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973)

Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu (original title)
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 learn about it, but one day his neighbor created a time machine.

Director:

Leonid Gaidai

Writers:

Mikhail A. Bulgakov (play) (as Mikhail Bulgakov), Vladlen Bakhnov (as V. Bakhnov) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yuriy Yakovlev ... Ivan Vasilyevich Bunsha / Czar Ivan The Terrible
Leonid Kuravlyov ... George Miloslavsky
Aleksandr Demyanenko ... Shurik
Saveliy Kramarov ... Feofan
Natalya Seleznyova ... Zinaida Mikhaylovna Timofeyeva
Natalya Krachkovskaya ... Ulyana Andreyevna (as Natalya Belogortseva-Krachkovskaya)
Natalya Kustinskaya ... Yakin's Lover
Vladimir Etush ... Anton Semyonovich Shpak
Mikhail Pugovkin ... Karp Savelyevich Yakin
Sergey Filippov ... Swedish Ambassador
Eduard Bredun ... Trader of Radio Components (as E. Bredun)
Aleksandr Vigdorov Aleksandr Vigdorov ... Strelets (as A. Vigdorov)
Valentin Grachyov ... Strelets (as V. Grachyov)
Natalya Gurzo ... Nurse (as N. Gurzo)
Ivan Zhevago ... Doctor (as I. Zhevago)
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Storyline

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 <dmitry@pharm.sunysb.edu>

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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | German

Release Date:

June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Ivan the Terible mentioned a man who made himself wings before the czar put him on a gun-powder barrel and he could fly he talks about the noble-son and archer commander Nikita Karazinov Golohvastov (earlier than 1562-1570), who was known for his courage. When he wanted to avoid penalty Ivan the Terrible ordered to blow up the gunpowder barrel on the ground because the czar said that Golohvastov is a hermit and, cause of Ivan's religious believes, that hermits are angels and they should fly. See more »

Goofs

The Czaress Marfa Sobakina died 15 days after the marriage to Iwan The Terrible in the Alexandrov Kremlin cause of a big deceases (apparently she was poisoned). So she wouldn't join a party and wouldn't be so colorful and jolly as described in the movie. Furthermore they were married at the 28 October 1571 and the movie takes place in spring-summer period. However this goof is taken directly from the play "Ivan Vasilievich" by Michail Bulgakov, on which the movie is based on. See more »

Quotes

Ivan Vasilyevich Bunsha, house manager: You have ignored my question about the tape recorder.
George Miloslavsky: Darn you!
[to Shurik]
George Miloslavsky: What a machine! A breakthrough in science and technoIogy!
[to Bunsha]
George Miloslavsky: Darn you again!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits say: The "experimental artist union" presents: a non-science-, fictitious, a not quite realistic and a not accurate historical movie See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Samyy luchshiy film 2 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

S lyubovyu vstretitsya
("To meet with a love")
Written by Aleksandr Zatsepin and Leonid Derbenyov
Performed by Nina Brodskaya
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The best in Russian comedy. Bulgakov's revival.
7 December 2000 | by scribbler-2See all my reviews

An adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's story based on a grotesque collision of different historical periods. Some visual humor involved. A couple of awkward chases and a lot of awesome jokes. One of the best Russian comedies, second to none except 'Brilliantovaya ruka' by the same film director.

It is interesting that the film spans not only the time of Ivan the Terrible and the 70's but also the 20's when Bulgakov's original was written. Although the influence of the 20's is mainly atmospheric, it is nevertheless visible in the fact that most of the character's names sound funny in the way usual for the satirical literature of that period.

Contrary to what may seem to a foreign audience, the chase sequences in the movie serve only as a rather ineffectual background for the main comical action, which is almost entirely verbal and basically relies on the combination of contemporary language with its archaic counterpart of the 16th century - a detonating mixture that is guaranteed to kill the native-speaking audience.

Considering the fact that the movie is featuring some of the most popular Soviet actors, it is not surprising that this low-budget and obviously slap-dash production has managed to gain the nationwide reputation of a classic, with most of its memorable quotes nearly approaching the status of catch-phrases.

The film can be tentatively recommended to advanced learners of Russian and certainly to all those who specialize in the study of this language.


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