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Unbelievable Adventures of Italians in Russia (1974)

Neveroyatnye priklyucheniya italyantsev v Rossii (original title)
The mad adventures of the mad Italians, searching for the mad treasures in the mad Russia.


Francesco Prosperi (as Franco Prosperi), Eldar Ryazanov




Credited cast:
Andrey Mironov ... Andrey Vasilyev
Ninetto Davoli ... Giuseppe
Antonia Santilli Antonia Santilli ... Olga
Alighiero Noschese Alighiero Noschese ... Antonio Lo Mazzo
Tano Cimarosa ... Rosario Agrò
Evgeniy Evstigneev ... Lame italian
Olga Aroseva ... Andrey Vasilyev's mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gigi Ballista Gigi Ballista ... Dottore (as Luigi Ballista)
Vadim Grachyov Vadim Grachyov ... Customs officer
Zoya Isaeva ... Doctor (as Z. Isaeva)
King King ... Lion
Aleksandr Lukyanov ... Bit part
Yuri Mikhajlov Yuri Mikhajlov ... Bit part (as Yu. Mikhajlov)
Ella Nekrasova ... Bit part (as E. Nekrasova)
Boris Runge ... Cars for hire employee


In Italy, a dying woman tells her granddaughter that she hid her treasure many years ago in Russia, in the city of Leningrad. Other people (who were around when she died) also learn about it. Thus several people arrive in Leningrad trying to find the treasure, each one for himself/herself. What's worse - the only information they have is that the treasure is under a lion - and it's in Leningrad, a city known by its numerous statues of lions. The story gets even more interesting when the soviet militia (police) learns about the whole thing and send an undercover agent... Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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The film was produced to cover Dino De Laurentiis's outstanding debts to Mosfilm studios for services rendered to the production of Waterloo (1970). See more »


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Pretty good Soviet comedy
14 October 2014 | by ionmarandiciSee all my reviews

This is a pretty good Soviet comedy co-produced by Soviets and some Italians (I don't remember exactly the name of the studio). Italians are portrayed as very active and jolly people, although more interested in pursuing material goals such as finding a hidden treasure in the advent of the Russian Revolution. They don't care about Communist ideals. The Russian character is the only positive character in the movie, a kind of Soviet James Bond. He finally conquers the main female character. Otherwise Soviet women are mostly absent from the movie. Clear signs of propaganda are two: 1) Italian hospitals are presented as being overcrowded so that at some point two patients (a man and a woman) have to share the same bed, 2) there is a lot of chaos in Italy and the Mafia stereotype is reinforced by a short Mafiosi.

Otherwise there aren't any references to the Soviet Communist party as far as I recall. Lots of special effects and stunts, so I suppose the Soviets spent a lot of money on the movie.

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31 January 1974 (Italy) See more »

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Moscow, Russia See more »

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