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The Barber of Siberia (1998)

Sibirskiy tsiryulnik (original title)
At the turn of the century, a young Russian cadet falls in love with an American beauty, endangering his career and even their lives.


Nikita Mikhalkov


Nikita Mikhalkov (story), Rustam Ibragimbekov (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Ormond ... Dzheyn (as Dzhuliya Ormond)
Oleg Menshikov ... Andrey Alekseevich Tolstoy / Andrew McCraken
Aleksey Petrenko ... Gen. Nikolai Karlovich Radlov
Richard Harris ... Douglas McCraken (as Richard Kharris)
Vladimir Ilin ... Cpt. Pavel Timofeevich Mokin
Marat Basharov Marat Basharov ... Polievskiy
Nikita Tatarenkov Nikita Tatarenkov ... Alibekov
Georgiy Dronov ... Nazarov
Artyom Mikhalkov Artyom Mikhalkov ... Buturlin
Daniel Olbrychski ... Kopnowski (as Daniel Olbrykhskiy)
Marina Neyolova ... Tolsty's mat
Avangard Leontev ... Dyadya Nikolya
Anna Mikhalkova ... Dunyasha
Robert Hardy ... Forsten (as Robert Khardi)
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Perepelkina (as Elizabet Spriggs)


Douglas is a foreign entrepreneur, who ventures to Russia in 1885 with dreams of selling a new, experimental steam-driven timber harvester in the wilds of Siberia. Jane is his assistant, who falls in love with a young Russian officer, André, and spends the next ten years perfecting the harvester, and pursuing her love, who has been exiled to Siberia. Written by http://xpress.inforis.nnov.su/n-nov/nn-update/1996-11/barber.html.k

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He's Russian. That explains a lot.


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For many years, the movie held the title of the most expensive Russian movie ever made. It was beaten by Dark Planet (2009), which in turn was beaten by another movie by Nikita Mikhalkov, Burnt by the Sun 2 (2010). See more »


In a scene which takes place in 1905, a US flag is seen with 50 stars. The correct flag would have 45 Stars. See more »


Dzheyn: I'm one of those women your mother must have warned you about.
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Piano Concerto no. 23
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Do you know why the film has not been released in the USA?
8 January 2007 | by messerschmitt-1See all my reviews

Do you know why "The Barber of Siberia" has not been released in the USA? After watching the film, the committee, which approves the foreign films for being released at the American movie theatres, said: "It's impossible for an American sergeant not to know who was Mozart! The film reveals the American officers as morons, so it is not suitable the film to be shown at the theatres". That's the explanation, which Nikita Mikhalkov gave by himself for the lack of releasing of "The Barber of Siberia" in the USA during his guesting of a popular Bulgarian talk-show. That reminds me of a line from the RAMMSTEIN's famous song called "Amerika": "Die Freiheit spielt auf allen Geigen..." In English:"The Freedom is playing at all violins..." (the song aims to show the "freedom" and the "non-censorship" in the USA) By the way the broadcasting of that song at any American television is forbidden.

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Release Date:

20 February 1999 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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