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.


Aleksey Mizgiryov
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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


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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Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Every firearm in the film was functional, with a handful being genuine, 150-year-old antiques used in actual duels. See more »


Referenced in Evening Urgant: Pyotr Fyodorov (2016) See more »

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Dark & Violent Russian Drama
19 April 2017 | by larrys3See all my reviews

Set in 19th century Imperial Russia, this quite violent Russian film stars Pyotr Fyodorov, who gives a powerful performance as the mysterious Yakovlev. He's only been in the city of St. Petersburg for several months but has already killed 5 men as a duelist (comparable in a way to a Wild West gunslinger). Only slowly do we learn of his motivations, and it's only towards the very end of the movie that all is revealed.

To note, I thought some of the plot elements could be rather obtuse and difficult to follow at times. The settings and cinematography are exquisite and I really got the sense that I was right there in 19th century Russia.

All in all, if you don't mind the violence or some of the cloudy plot elements, this movie can be a reasonably decent watch, especially if you like dark and intense foreign dramas.

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Release Date:

2 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Duelist See more »


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$7,576, 4 December 2016

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