47 user 135 critic

Hard to Be a God (2013)

Trudno byt bogom (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 27 February 2014 (Russia)
1:55 | Trailer
In the distant future, a space traveler from Earth breaks a special law and interferes with the history of another, Medieval-like, planet.


Aleksey German


Arkadiy Strugatskiy (novel), Boris Strugatskiy (novel) | 2 more credits »
10 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »





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


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Sci-Fi


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


After Aleksey German's death, his son Aleksey German Jr., and Svetlana Karmalita, completed the work on the film. See more »


Referenced in Evening Urgant: Laima Vaikule (2015) See more »

User Reviews

Hard to Watch "Hard to Be a God"
26 August 2015 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

I almost never post a review of a film here on IMDb unless I've watched the entire thing. Upfront disclaimer about this review of "Hard to Be a God": I did not finish the movie. In fact, I only watched about a third of this movie. So feel free to stop reading now and move one, or to read my review and discount it. I forgive you.

Now, why am I posting a review about a three-hour film of which I only watched about an hour? 1.) Because an hour is all I'm ever going to be able to watch of this film, so it's either post about it now or never; 2.) I have a feeling based on what I saw and what I've read about the film that watching the other two hours wouldn't much change my opinion, as what you see is pretty much what you get for the entire running time; and 3.) what I did see was compelling enough to make me want to share my opinion about it.

"Hard to Be a God" is difficult to describe so I won't even try. It is astounding in its visual detail and its authenticity in recreating the period look of the Middle Ages in all its scatological unpleasantness. Framed against this backdrop is a cacophony of human activity, swarms of people wandering on and off screen, sometimes interacting with the camera, muttering, shouting, barfing, pooping, peeing, spitting, farting, you name it. It's disgusting, intentionally so, and while I won't go so far as to say it's all pointless, it certainly feels that way. Or rather, the discomfort in watching humanity at its grossest isn't worth sticking with the thing long enough to find out what its point might be.

But that said, it did make an indelible impression on me and kept me thinking about it. I'll leave it to people smarter or more patient (or both) than me to watch the whole thing and decide whether or not it deserves the idolatrous praise critics have heaped upon it. But having watched only the bit of it I did, I can say it's certainly SOMETHING.

18 of 38 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 47 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]





Release Date:

27 February 2014 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard to Be a God See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed