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Pirates of the 20th Century (1980)

Piraty XX veka (original title)
A Soviet cargo ship carrying medical opium gets attacked by pirates of an unknown nationality. The crew is left to die on a sinking ship but they manage to escape and now must fight the pirates for survival.


Boris Durov




Cast overview, first billed only:
Nikolay Eryomenko ... Sergey Sergeevich
Pyotr Velyaminov ... Captain Ivan Ilyich
Talgat Nigmatulin ... Saleh
Rein Aren Rein Aren ... Pirate Captain 'Master'
Dilorom Kambarova ... Maa
Natalya Khorokhorina ... Masha (as Natalya Kharakhorina)
Maija Eglite Maija Eglite ... Ayna
Tadeush Kasyanov Tadeush Kasyanov ... The Boatswain Matveich
Pavel Remezov ... The Ship's Doctor
Viktor Zhiganov ... Sailor Igor Stetsenko
Viktor Gordeev Viktor Gordeev ... Yura Mikosha
Georgiy Martirosyan ... Georgiy Klyuev
Leonid Trutnev Leonid Trutnev ... Radio Operator
Nartay Begalin Nartay Begalin ... The Pirate-Machine Gunner
Laktemir Dztiev Laktemir Dztiev ... The Pirate


The Soviet cargo ship "Nezhin" in a foreign port, somewhere in the Philippines, receives a large load of opium for the pharmaceutical industry and goes to Vladivostok. On the way, the crew catches a man named Saleh in the sea, who says that he escaped from a cargo ship on which a load of cotton caught fire. Soon, "Nezhin" finds an unknown abandoned "Mercury" ship and captain Ivan Ilyich sends a group of sailors there. Meanwhile, Saleh sneaks into the radio room and, mortally wounding the radio operator, incapacitates the radio station. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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pirates. and brave Soviet people
10 June 2018 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

The basic temptation - to compare it with the American hijaking films. the basic sin - to ignore the context when it was made. and, not the last, to ignore the story. sure, many cliches. and fight scenes. and the brave sailors . but the film is more than part from a too familiar series. it is nice, unrealistic - so amusing, chaotic and full of precise pieces of Soviet entertainment . result - its succes. and the perspective from today about a new tool of propaganda in Brezhnev era.

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14 July 1980 (Soviet Union) See more »

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