In the distant future, a space traveler from Earth breaks a special law and interferes with the history of another, Medieval-like, planet.

Director:

Aleksey German

Writers:

Arkadiy Strugatskiy (novel), Boris Strugatskiy (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Leonid Yarmolnik ... Don Rumata
Aleksandr Chutko Aleksandr Chutko ... Don Reba
Yuriy Tsurilo ... Baron Pampa
Evgeniy Gerchakov ... Budakh
Valentin Golubenko ... Arata
Leonid Timtsunik ... Arima
Natalya Moteva Natalya Moteva ... Ari
Nikita Strukov Nikita Strukov ... Kusis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gali Abaydulov
Yuriy Ashikhmin Yuriy Ashikhmin ... Rab
Remigijus Bilinskas Remigijus Bilinskas ... Voin (as Remigiyus Bilinskas)
Valeriy Boltyshev Valeriy Boltyshev ... don Ripat
Vasiliy Domrachyov ... vozchik Rumaty
Lev Eliseev
Valeriy Guryanov Valeriy Guryanov ... Monakh
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Storyline

A group of scientists are sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress. Their task is a difficult one: they cannot interfere violently and in no case can they kill. The scientist Rumata tries to save the local intellectuals from their punishment and cannot avoid taking a position. As if the question were: what would you do in God's place? Director's statement Aleksei wanted to make this film his entire life. The road was a long one. This is not a film about cruelty, but about love. A love that was there, tangible, alive, and that resisted through the hardest of conditions. Written by Svetlana Karmalita/Rome Film Festival

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Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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The director decided to film "It's hard to be a god" back in 1968, 4 years after the book was released. Together with Boris Strugatskiy they wrote the first version of the script. In August, Aleksey German received permission to shoot, but soon Operation "Danube" - the invasion of Czechoslovakia of the troops of the USSR and other Warsaw Treaty countries began, so the director was not allowed to shoot the film. The production of the painting was delayed due to difficulties with financing and complexity of the sound. See more »

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An exercise in disgust....
6 July 2015 | by BigBobFoonmanSee all my reviews

Somebody spent a lot of someone's money on this gag-reflex inducing literal journey through fecal matter and snot.....this no more a sci-fi story than The Brady Bunch......as a vision of Hell, there would seem to be some purpose, albeit still not possible to sit through.....always thought Russians are psychotic as a group, their actors and artists beyond hope.....

Why Netfix put this on their list is mute testimony to the growing crap-factor of their entire catalog.....way too many horrid SciFi Channel movies, IFC garbage films and really bad independent productions financed by dad and mommy......this particular Russian film reflects the debauchery of Eurotrash art.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

27 February 2014 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard to Be a God See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$28,608

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,299,035
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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