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.
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.
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
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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 »
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 »
A very funny film; plenty of comic action around Moscow and district.
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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