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Night Watch (2004)

Nochnoy dozor (original title)
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A fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle.

Director:

Timur Bekmambetov

Writers:

Timur Bekmambetov (screenplay), Laeta Kalogridis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Konstantin Khabenskiy ... Anton
Vladimir Menshov ... Geser
Valeriy Zolotukhin ... Otets Kosti
Mariya Poroshina ... Svetlana
Galina Tyunina Galina Tyunina ... Olga
Yuriy Kutsenko ... Ignat (as Gosha Kutsenko)
Aleksey Chadov ... Kostya
Zhanna Friske ... Alisa
Ilya Lagutenko ... Andrey
Viktor Verzhbitskiy ... Zavulon
Rimma Markova ... Koldunya Darya
Mariya Mironova Mariya Mironova ... Mat Egora
Aleksey Maklakov Aleksey Maklakov ... Semyon
Aleksandr Samoylenko ... Medved
Dmitriy Martynov ... Egor (as Dima Martynov)
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Storyline

Among normal humans live the "Others" possessing various supernatural powers. They are divided up into the forces of light and the forces of the dark, who signed a truce several centuries ago to end a devastating battle. Ever since, the forces of light govern the day while the night belongs to their dark opponents. In modern day Moscow the dark Others actually roam the night as vampires while a "Night Watch" of light forces, among them Anton, the movie's protagonist, try to control them and limit their outrage. Written by Armin Ortmann {armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

All That Stands Between Light And Darkness Is The Night Watch.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian | German

Release Date:

3 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guardianes de la noche See more »

Filming Locations:

Russia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

RUR 80,740,175 (Russia), 11 July 2004

Opening Weekend USA:

$106,425, 19 February 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,487,477, 30 April 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,933,365, 13 February 2006
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (international)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the original novel, Alissa Donnikova was not a singer but Zhanna Friske, who portrayed her in the film, actually was part of the band that appears on stage in one of the scenes. The band is called Blestyashchie. See more »

Goofs

During the vortex, when the family that is eating dinner is supposed to be frozen, the man holding the fork to his mouth can be seen blinking in several shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Since the time immemorial, the knights who call themselves the Warriors of Light have been chasing witches and sorcerers who torture humans.
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Crazy Credits

In the international version of the film, the first words of the prologue appear as a Russian text title which then transforms into its English translation. The Russian version does not have any text title. See more »

Alternate Versions

On the US DVD the French Audio contains different music than the English and Spanish Audio tracks on the disc. See more »


Soundtracks

Ottsveli khrizantemy
(uncredited)
Written by Nikolay Kharito (uncredited)
Performed by Galina Tyunina (uncredited)
Olga quietly sings one line from the song several times
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User Reviews

No masterpiece, but quite entertaining and imaginative
7 January 2005 | by mvvikSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie quite a lot; if you are into Jeunet-type fantasy, I would recommend that you see it. Overall, I would give it a rating of 7 out of 10. The reason for the Jeunet comparison (e.g. Delicatessen, City of Lost Children) is that it has the same dark antiutopian/surrealistic ambiance to it, and is very imaginative. It is also very elaborate in its style, which lends most of the appeal to the movie. This being said, the biggest disappointment of the movie is the plot, which is overly straightforward and simple-minded, but at least it does not devolve into some technical meaningless psycho-babble as many Hollywood fantasy movies do, and maintains its fairy-tale quality.

It is unfortunate that modern Russian cinematography seems to be chasing the success of Hollywood (which is ironic, given the country's negative attitude towards US in general and Hollywood in particular), but this movie benefits from Hollywood-style special effects, and is free of annoying clichés (unlike the atrociously pretentious "Barber of Siberia" - another recent style-heavy Russian blockbuster; sorry Mikhalkov).

To sum up, this movie is quite original, imaginative, stylish and at times visually stunning, which in my book constitutes success, but don't expect any depth of ideas.


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