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Vsadnik po imeni Smert (2004)

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.

Director:

Karen Shakhnazarov

Writers:

Aleksandr Borodyanskiy, Boris Savinkov (novel) (as V. Ropshin)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Andrey Panin ... Georges
Kseniya Rappoport ... Erna
Artyom Semakin Artyom Semakin ... Vanya
Rostislav Bershauer Rostislav Bershauer ... Fyodor (as R. Bershauer)
Anastasiya Makeeva 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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Storyline

In pre-Soviet Russia, Boris Savinkov leads a terrorist faction of Socialist-Revolutionary Party members responsible for the deaths of governors and ministers.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Official Sites:

Kino International | Mosfilm [rus]

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian | French

Release Date:

22 April 2004 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rider Named Death See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,438, 20 March 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,438, 20 March 2005
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mosfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Vanya: To me, the revolution is terror. I believe in terror.
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A Karen Shaknazarov film based on a book by Boris Savinkov.
27 August 2009 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

By directing "Vsadnik Po Imeni Smert",Mosfilm studio chief Russian director Karen Shaknazarov has made a very different type of film.This is the second time in his cinematographic career that he has chosen history as a theme for his film."Poisons or the World History of Poisoning" was his first film which dealt with a seemingly difficult theme of history in Russian cinema.His earlier films were musical tales and dramas about irrational universes.History is presented in a faithful manner in this film and it is amazing how old worldly charm of Russian capital Moscow has been truthfully delineated especially in the scenes involving crowds.This film is based on a book by famous Russian revolutionary/terrorist Boris Savinkov who was given the title "General of terror" as he made up his mind to eliminate high officials in Russia who were responsible for poor people's miseries.It is true that "The rider named death" has a simplistic theme yet it remains a gripping film as there is a brilliant game of cat and mouse between life and death.The portrayal of women characters essential to the film's progress is little weak as they have been denied enough screen space. This is something which might bother feminine audience of this film. According to Mr.Shaknazarov in the past terrorists killed high officials not ordinary folks but today's terrorists kill ordinary folks.This film was presented at 13th International Film Festival of Kerala,India 2008 where a retrospective of his films was held.


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