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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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Certificate:

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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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Mono | Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Bunsha meets with the Swedish ambassador, the first thing he says is "Hitler kaput!" It's one of the most recognizable phrases in German for many Russians. However, the original script had him say "Peace - friendship!", but the Soviet censors thought it inappropriate. The resulting change ended up being more humorous. See more »

Goofs

The tape recorder seen besides Shurik's TV has two reels of transparent plastic in one shot and one red and one transparent reel in the next. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant: What did you want to make a voluntary confession about?
Ivan Vasilyevich Bunsha, house manager: I confess that against my will, under the compulsion of Prince MiIoslavsky, I acted temporarily as a Tsar.
Lieutenant: A Tsar? You are a Tsar, too?
Ivan Vasilyevich Bunsha, house manager: Yes, a Tsar. Ivan Vassilyevich the Terrible.
Ivan Vasilyevich Bunsha, house manager: [Tsar Ivan The Terrible] You're lying, dog!
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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

Referenced in Zvyozdniy vors (2012) 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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Perfect blend!
21 December 2003 | by luttensSee all my reviews

It is perhaps the best Soviet comedy ever made... But it`s very difficult for a person, who does not speak Russian to understand it completely. The movie is full with tricky details, specific language and many funny episodes, so typical for the Socialist era. It is a constant pleasure to watch over and over again!


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