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Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973)

Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu (original title)
TV-G | | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi | June 1973 (USA)
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 ... 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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Details

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

In the banquet scene, they display a spoonful of eggplant caviar ("a foreign product") next to bowls of red and black caviar. This is a dig at the lack of consumer goods in the Soviet Union, where red and black caviar were almost impossible to find so Soviet citizens made do with an eggplant confection described as "caviar." See more »

Goofs

In the end of the movie Ivan IV Vasilyevich says that he is born in the year 1533. However, Ivan was really born on 25 August 1530. 1533 was the year he became Grand Prince. Furthermore during Ivan the Terrible's time the year was announced after "creation of the world", based on the Konstantinopel period. So Ivan the Terrible should have said "Summer 7038 after creation of the world" See more »

Quotes

Warder: Open up, dog!
Ivan Vasilyevich Bunsha, house manager: Whom is he addressing?
George Miloslavsky: You.
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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

Spoofs The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Kap-kap-kap
(or "Marusya")
Written by Aleksandr Zatsepin and Leonid Derbenyov
Performed by a men chorus
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A very funny film; plenty of comic action around Moscow and district.
9 March 1999 | by yvonne-5See all my reviews

Shurik (a character in several other comedy films) is experimenting at home with an invention which goes wrong and puts him, a passing burglar, and the apartment supervisor back into the time of Ivan the Terrible. There are a lot of chases and action, so you can still enjoy the film even if some of the Russian dialogue passes you by. Good views of several historic buildings, and an insight into 1973 Moscow as well as a bit of a history lesson. Not all Russian films are doom and gloom.


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