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Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973)

Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu (original title)
TV-G | | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi | June 1973 (USA)
An ordinary Soviet building manager, living in the 20th century, is extremely similar to Tsar of All Rus' - Ivan IV the Terrible (1530 - 1584). He would never have known about this, but one day his neighbor created a time machine.

Director:

Leonid Gaidai

Writers:

Mikhail A. Bulgakov (play) (as Mikhail Bulgakov), Vladlen Bakhnov (as V. Bakhnov) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yuriy Yakovlev ... Ivan Vasilyevich Bunsha / Czar Ivan The Terrible
Leonid Kuravlyov ... George Miloslavsky
Aleksandr Demyanenko ... Shurik
Saveliy Kramarov ... Feofan
Natalya Seleznyova ... Zinaida Mikhaylovna Timofeyeva
Natalya Krachkovskaya ... Ulyana Andreyevna (as Natalya Belogortseva-Krachkovskaya)
Natalya Kustinskaya ... Yakin's Lover
Vladimir Etush ... Anton Semyonovich Shpak
Mikhail Pugovkin ... Karp Savelyevich Yakin
Sergey Filippov ... Swedish Ambassador
Eduard Bredun ... Trader of Radio Components (as E. Bredun)
Aleksandr Vigdorov ... Strelets (as A. Vigdorov)
Valentin Grachyov ... Strelets (as V. Grachyov)
Natalya Gurzo ... Nurse (as N. Gurzo)
Ivan Zhevago ... Doctor (as I. Zhevago)
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Storyline

Shurik Timofeev builds a working model of a time machine. By accident, Ivan Bunsha, an apartment complex manager, and George Miloslavsky, a petty burglar, are transferred to the 16th century Moscow, while Tsar Ivan the Terrible goes into the year 1973. Written by Dmitry Zharkov <dmitry@pharm.sunysb.edu>

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Trivia

The beginning and ending scenes are in black-and-white, while the rest of the movie is in color. This was done to show the contrast between reality and dream. See more »

Goofs

The Eggplant caviar which is showed is actually Zucchini caviar. Also eggplant caviar didn't exist in Russia until 17th century. See more »

Quotes

Ivan Vasilyevich Bunsha, house manager: If you really want to know, we, tsars, should be given free milk! Even the "Health" magazine said that neurons are hard to regenerate.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits say: The "experimental artist union" presents: a non-science-, fictitious, a not quite realistic and a not accurate historical movie See more »

Connections

Referenced in Zvyozdniy vors (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

S lyubovyu vstretitsya
("To meet with a love")
Written by Aleksandr Zatsepin and Leonid Derbenyov
Performed by Nina Brodskaya
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a fun romp
25 May 2005 | by UserD42See all my reviews

This is one of the greatest comedies produced by the Soviet cinema. It continues to be hugely popular among Russian speaking people (who have all seen it). Even if one does not understand any Russian, the movie is quite watchable in subtitled versions.

The plot itself is a rather standard one about ordinary guys thrust into a strange culture with action and adventure. What makes the movie special is superb acting, witty dialog, good pacing, and engaging music.

This movie deserves a place along side other action-adventure comedies such as The Princess Bride.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | German

Release Date:

June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future See more »

Filming Locations:

Moscow, Russia See more »

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Mosfilm See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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