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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 »


Remake of It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) See more »

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nice Russian comedy about treasure hunt
3 June 2008 | by darimaSee all my reviews

It is not my favorite Ryasanov's movie, but nevertheless I recommend it for everybody who like comedies about treasure hunting. The plot is quite usual. Somewhere in very poor Italian hospital dies old Russian lady, who appears to be one of noble Russian aristocrats. She left Russia after revolution 1917, but she was not able to take with her all her treasures. So in the hospital, before she dies, she reveals to everybody, who is near her (her granddaughter, gangster, doctor, paramedics, patients) her secret. And treasure hunt begins! The movie is quite funny, but not the best example of Russian comedies. The good news is that unlike many Russian comedies which are fun only for native speakers, this one can be comprehended by any audience.

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Release Date:

31 January 1974 (Italy) See more »

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Moscow, Russia See more »

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