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Nochnoy dozor (2004)

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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 »
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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

This film broke all records in Russia and became the #1 box-office movie of all time. The record was broken the following year by the Russian movie Turetskiy gambit (2005). See more »

Goofs

There's a shadow of the camera visible in right part of screen when Anton and two vampires are going cold storage magazine to drink blood. 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 middle of the end credits, there is a teaser scene from the next movie, Dnevnoy dozor (2006) with Zavulon getting hit by a bus. See more »

Alternate Versions

A 114 minute international cut has been released by FOX Searchlight worldwide. While it adds more explanation to the "Others" concept, it cuts some subplots and trims the movie down. The most noticeable changes in this cut are the following:
  • The prologue has been dubbed in English and contains more voice-over exposition on the "Others".
  • The cast credits have been moved to the end of the movie; the title appears before the prologue (as opposed to the Russian version, where it appears in the swimming pool scene).
  • When Anton wakes up and equips himself, the voice on the cellphone in the international version explains the objective of Anton's mission much better and helps the viewer understand the purpose of Anton's drinking blood and the strange bulb in his flashlight.
  • Additional flashback scenes have been inserted. There, in 1992, Bear and Semyon explain to Anton who the "Others" are.
  • Anton was made a seer, able to see the future. Visions of accidents when he spots Svetlana in the subway have been inserted, and in the beginning, scenes with his wife are shown to be visions (the latter were simple "meantime" scenes in the Russian cut).
  • One of the Others' powers was taken away. In the international cut, when Anton is heading towards Svetlana's apartment and his dialog with Olga is heard, Anton asks what if Svetlana recognizes him in from the subway, and Olga tells him to say he's a patient hoping she'll believe. In the Russian cut, Olga advices using the power of telepathic conviction to convince Svetlana Anton is a patient.
  • Scenes where Zavulon plays a video game are placed in a different order. In the international cut, Zavulon plays for the first time during Alissa's concert and loses, then plays while Anton is at Yegor's place and wins. In the Russian cut, Zavulon only plays during the concert, wins the first time he plays, then changes his strategy and loses.
  • While healing Anton, Geser blames him for killing a Dark one and foreshadows a cataclysm in the international cut, while the Russian cut shows him comforting Anton who feels guilty by saying him he offered the vampire the eternal rest.
  • Complete removal of the Ignat scenes at the ballet as well as Svetlana's walk to the supermarket and the attempt of her seduction in order to "relax" the vortex. However, the power shutdown at the ballet theater is still shown.
  • Removal of most scenes inside the airplane which got caught by the curse vortex. As a consequence, in the international cut, when Geser calls Anatoliy and asks him to check things on the Internet, Anatoliy checks the weather forecast, while in the Russian cut, he logs in the search engine as "Gorsvet", selects a new option "Search in the future", then finds a page describing the airplane crash. The image then passes from the photo of the crashed plane to the scene in the same plane ready to take off in present day.
  • The Russian cartoon "Priklyucheniya Domovenka" which Yegor is watching on TV has been digitally replaced by an episode of
  • In the international cut, Anton finds out Yegor is his son by reading his profile and finding out the old witch tricked him. When taken by Simeon to see Geser, he is shocked by the news. In the Russian cut, he knew it already and remembers the "Simeon questioning Darya" scene in the truck while riding from Yegor's place. Later, he reads his profile, and is shocked by the line "capable of murder", which brings him down, as he still blames himself for Andrei's death. Still shocked, he is taken away by Simeon to see Geser.
  • The credits song in Russian has been replaced by a different one, in English.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Idi, ya budu
Written by Ilya Lagutenko, performed by Ilya Lagutenko
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User Reviews

 
mind boggling
12 October 2005 | by nobbytatoesSee all my reviews

When the forces of light and dark take to battle and realize they are equally strong, decide to make a truce. The people of light will become the Nightwatch, and the people of darkness will become the Daywatch. Neither side can force people to join their side, they have the freedom of choice. The Daywatch and Nightwatch keep tabs to make sure this truce holds.

When Anton finds out he is an other; a person with special powers, he joins the side of light. Anton is a seer and when he is finding a victim of two vampires, he runs into Svetlana, a virgin cursed with bad luck and key into the Apocolpes.

Night Watch is a mind blowing, visually astounding triumph of Russian cinema. Its dark, claustrophobic, grungy and a very thrilling ride. You can see that Timur Bekmambetov has a history in commercials, this moves at a fast paced and the camera doesn't stop moving, with constant fast swoops and always tracking around. The story has been done many times before, but it seems so fresh here. The flaw of the story though is that it's so layered it's hard to understand at first. As it moves at such at fast pace, there isn't much chance to take everything in and to nut everything out. But with all the energy Nightwatch contains, you don't care, cause you'll gladly go again.

For the small budget it had, you wonder how they made this film. You are constantly blown away by the visual effects. They are so flawless. The subtitles are cleverly used as well; they come into a form of their own.

All i can say is i cant wait for the sequels to now make there way over.


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