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Nomad: The Warrior (2005)

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A historical epic set in 18th-century Kazakhstan, where a young man is destined to unite the country's three warring tribes.

Directors:

Sergei Bodrov (as Sergey Bodrov), Ivan Passer
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kuno Becker ... Mansur
Zhansaya Saparkhanova Zhansaya Saparkhanova ... Aigerym (Gaykhar's Younger Sister)
Jay Hernandez ... Erali
Jason Scott Lee ... Oraz
Doskhan Zholzhaksynov ... Galdan Ceren, the Jungar Sultan
Ayanat Ksenbai Ayanat Ksenbai ... Gaukhar (as Ayana Yesmagambetova)
Mark Dacascos ... Sharish
Ashir Chokubayev ... (as Ashir Shokibaev)
Zhanas Iskakov Zhanas Iskakov
Almaikhan Kenzhebekova Almaikhan Kenzhebekova
Tungyshpai Zhamankulov Tungyshpai Zhamankulov ... (as Tungishbai Zhamankulov)
Yerik Zholzhaksynov Yerik Zholzhaksynov ... Barak (as Erik Zholzhaksynov)
Dilnaz Akhmadieva Dilnaz Akhmadieva ... Hocha
Termirkhan Tursingaliev Termirkhan Tursingaliev
Asylbolat Ismagulov Asylbolat Ismagulov
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Storyline

Rebirth of a nation. Not since Genghis Khan has anyone united the Kazakh tribes. Jungar tribesmen of Mongolia rule Kazakh land, but a prophecy has it that a descendant of Genghis will unite his people. Oraz the Wise travels the land looking for the child who will fulfill the prophecy. He finds that infant and protects him from the warriors of Galdan, the Jungar king. Oraz recruits one lad from each Kazakh tribe and teaches them the art of war, loyalty, and camaraderie. Two are the best: Mansur and Erali. They are like brothers. Each must prove himself; both fall in love with the same young woman; both fall into enemy hands. At what cost does a prophecy come to pass? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Courage know no limit

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Russia]

Country:

France | Kazakhstan

Language:

Kazakh | English

Release Date:

17 July 2005 (Kazakhstan) See more »

Also Known As:

Nomad See more »

Filming Locations:

Kazakhstan

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,250, 16 March 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$77,231, 11 May 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Begun in 2004, completed in 2005, not released until 2006. See more »

Goofs

When the chief of the Jugars is riding a horse that had just been picked by Oraz, dust left by a vehicle can be seen in front of him, even though he is supposed to be ahead of all the riders. See more »

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Featured in The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2007) See more »

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Not a terrible "epic" style movie.
3 August 2007 | by zor_primeSee all my reviews

I would argue that there weren't many genuinely original concepts, other than simply shedding some light on Kazakh history. Basically a live action, feel-good version of the Prince of Egypt cartoon, trading Egyptians and Hebrews for nomadic Muslims. But that being said, it was decent and crisp.

Filming locations seemed really great, like LOTR - The Two Towers without any need for CGI! As for rating/violence, it could have almost been PG13 in the US, but I liked this fact. It was a clean-ish film that likens back to the spaghetti western. No over-the-top violence, sex, swearing, or embellishing for the sake of a Hollywood audience. While this generally comes off slightly cartoonish, it was refreshing.

As for the language, I would swear that it seemed to be filmed in English and dubbed in Kazakh. In fact, I don't usually mind a dubbed movie (especially Spanish or Japanese for some reason), but half-way through this film, I realized there was an English audio track and switched it over, and I was more engaged.

The horse work was pretty amazing, I thought.

Again, overall, this film seemed to have all the filming quality of an expensive Hollywood movie, but brought a niceness that's less common in contemporary film (Note: guaranteed NOT to hold the attention of most American youth).


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