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The Duelist (2016)

Duelyant (original title)
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In the times of Imperial Russia, a former military man of honor makes his own way in life participating in the deadly fights for other people as professional duelist.

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Aleksey Mizgiryov
8 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pyotr Fyodorov ... Yakovlev
Vladimir Mashkov ... Graf Beklemishev
Yuliya Khlynina ... Marfa Tuchkova
Yuri Kolokolnikov ... Basargin (as Yuriy Kolokolnikov)
Aleksandr Mizev Aleksandr Mizev ... Ofitser-tyuremshchik
Sergey Nevidimov Sergey Nevidimov ... Soldat
Vladimir Panichev Vladimir Panichev ... Dvoryanin
Vadim Pavlenko Vadim Pavlenko ... Mordvinov
Franziska Petri ... Aleksandra Iosifovna
Aleksandra Serebryakova ... Dvoryanka
Pavel Tabakov Pavel Tabakov ... Knyaz Tuchkov
Artyom Vasilev Artyom Vasilev ... Ofitser
Aleksandr Yatsenko ... Yakovlev mladshiy
Martin Wuttke ... Nemetskiy baron
Yuriy Kuznetsov ... Sluga
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Storyline

Set in 19th century Imperial Russia, the story revolves around a retired army veteran who makes a good living by settling duels for aristocrats, a common practice of the era. Shot in IMAX. Cast Petr Fedorov, Vladimir Mashkov, Martin Wuttke, Julia Khlynina, Yuri Kolokolnikov Director Alexey Mizgirev

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Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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Referenced in Vdud (2017) See more »

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More than I expected.

"The Duelist" turned out unexpectedly engaging to me. Dark, bloody, yet beautiful. The dark side of honor and the dark side of beauty.

Not historically accurate, yet very, very immersive. Most technical details are plain false. But that aura of Russian Grand Society feels so much true, so natural!

The best definition I could find for this movie is "Noir, transferred into the XIX-th century, Saint-Petersburg, Russia". There's much in common, really. Blood, death, wounds, tortures, nudity... plenty of this. As well as desperation, infamy, cruelty, scheming, femme fatale. Everything you can find in a typical noir. Only the place would be the capital of Russian Empire. Vast palaces, dirty streets, crowded soirees, the shade of the Royal Family, officers, nobles... and the duels!

A rare gem of late Russian cinema, really. Truly underrated.


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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian | German | Ukrainian

Release Date:

2 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,576, 4 December 2016

Gross USA:

$13,450

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,101,904
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