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Archangel (1990)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 September 1990 (Canada)
An amnesiac soldier, seeking his lost love, arrives in Archangel in northern Russia to help the townsfolk in their fight against the Bolsheviks, all quite unaware that the Great War ended three months ago.


Guy Maddin


John B. Harvie (story suggestion), Guy Maddin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Gottli Michael Gottli ... Jannings
David Falkenburg David Falkenburg ... Geza
Michael O'Sullivan Michael O'Sullivan ... Doctor
Margaret Anne MacLeod Margaret Anne MacLeod ... Baba
Ari Cohen ... Philbin
Sarah Neville Sarah Neville ... Danchuk
Kathy Marykuca Kathy Marykuca ... Veronkha
Kyle McCulloch Kyle McCulloch ... Lt. John Boles
Victor Cowie Victor Cowie ... Sea Captain
Ihor Procak Ihor Procak ... Monk
Robert Lougheed Robert Lougheed ... Kaiser Wilhelm II
Stephen Snyder Stephen Snyder ... Stage Kaiser Wilhelm II (as Snyder)
Michael Powell Michael Powell ... Red Cross Nurse
Sam Toles Sam Toles ... Young Philbin
Lloyd Weinberg Lloyd Weinberg ... Priest


Lt. John Boles, a one-legged soldier, is assisting the White Russians in the Russian Arctic during World War I. He finds himself in Archangel, a crystalline city of spires and domes, inhabited by some very confused people. Boles loves Iris, who is dead, and meets Veronkha, whom he mistakes for Iris. But Veronkha is already married to Philbin, who forgets he is married to Veronkha. Veronkha thinks Boles is Philbin... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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A Tragedy of the Great War


Comedy | Drama | Romance | War


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Did You Know?


Guy Maddin has stated that audience members viewing the film for the first time often confused the characters Veronkha and Danchukh because of the physical similarities between Kathy Marykuca and Sarah Neville. Marykuca was a natural blond and wore a dark wig for the film. See more »


[first lines]
Lt. John Boles: Goodbye Iris.
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Referenced in Brows Held High: Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (2011) See more »

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Probably the best of Maddin's films
3 January 2002 | by duke_manga_manSee all my reviews

This wierd, dreamlike film goes a long way on a limited budget, creating a completely unreal experience about a real historical event in Archangel, Russia during the Russian revolution.

Like all of Maddin's other films, Boles is and anti-hero, his subversive obsession with Veronika could not be interpreted as love or heroic, a brillliant deconstruction of your average war movie.

The ending is a bit disappointing (out of the brooding character with the rest of the film) but in all a great film.

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Release Date:

1 September 1990 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Arcángel See more »

Filming Locations:

Manitoba, Canada See more »


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CAD500,000 (estimated)
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