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The Rider Named Death (2004)

Vsadnik po imeni Smert (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 22 April 2004 (Russia)
In pre-Soviet Russia, Boris Savinkov leads a terrorist faction of Socialist-Revolutionary Party members responsible for the deaths of governors and ministers.


Karen Shakhnazarov


Aleksandr Borodyanskiy, Boris Savinkov (novel) (as V. Ropshin)
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Credited cast:
Andrey Panin ... Georges
Kseniya Rappoport ... Erna
Artyom Semakin ... Vanya
Rostislav Bershauer Rostislav Bershauer ... Fyodor (as R. Bershauer)
Anastasiya Makeeva ... Elena
Aleksey Kazakov Aleksey Kazakov ... Heinrich
Dmitriy Dyuzhev ... Azef
Valeriy Storozhik Valeriy Storozhik ... Elena's Husband
Dmitriy Gusev ... Gashkes
Vasiliy Zotov Vasiliy Zotov ... The Grand Prince Sergei Aleksandrovich
Anna Gorshkova Anna Gorshkova ... Rogoznikova
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zurab Sotkilava Zurab Sotkilava
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In pre-Soviet Russia, Boris Savinkov leads a terrorist faction of Socialist-Revolutionary Party members responsible for the deaths of governors and ministers.

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Vanya: To me, the revolution is terror. I believe in terror.
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Intriguing, but flawed
5 June 2006 | by snake_youthSee all my reviews

"A Rider Named Death" is a political thriller focusing on a small terror cell in 1905 Russia.

The film is certainly interesting, as it examines the nihilism that lies beneath the bombers' "principled" violence. However, it suffers from an reluctance to probe these motives too deeply. Character development is neglected in favor of building atmosphere. Of the film's characters, only George and Vanya are three-dimensional. Vanya in particular is one of the film's highlights, a contradictory figure whose fervor for revolution is tempered by his Christian values of love and peace.

However, this atmosphere is one of the film's great joys. It depicts late Czarist Russia as a nonstop carnival for the wealthy and nonstop drudgery for the poor. It is a shame that the filmmakers did not spend enough time developing it.

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Release Date:

22 April 2004 (Russia) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,438, 20 March 2005

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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